2008 NATE-OSHA Strategic Partnership
Annual Evaluation Report

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Partnership Name
National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) National Partnership
Purpose of Partnership
The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will work to provide a safe and healthful work environment for employees and contractors involved in the telecommunications tower erection industry by preventing serious accidents and fatalities through increased training, implementation of best work practices, enhancement of safety and health management systems, and compliance with applicable OSHA standards and regulations.
Goals of Partnership
Goal Strategy Measure
1) Reduce the percentage of injuries, illnesses and fatalities of participating telecommunication and broadcast tower erection employers, and their subcontractors, to an aggregate rate that is below the BLS average, based on most recently published data.

a) Analyze participant data to identify causal factors and corrective actions. Share corrective actions.

b) Establish a baseline year to provide for the analysis of results.

c) Participants to use tools such as the NATE Site Safety Audit Checklist.

d) Create/disseminate safety and health materials to NATE participants.

e) OSHA to provide 10 Hour training up to two times a year as resources allow. All supervisory personnel to receive OSHA 30 hour training.

f) Develop, implement, and share best practices with participants. Establish a website or tool to communicate best practices among participating NATE members. For example, produce/disseminate guidelines for the use of gin poles and tower maintenance activities.

g) Participants to provide 100% fall protection.

h) Review annually and provide feedback on participants' safety and health management systems as needed.

i. OSHA 300 Logs

ii. Percent of participant employees and contractors receiving requisite OSHA 10- or 30-hour training

iii. Percent of participants using each tool

iv. Number of best practices developed and the percentage of implementation among NATE participants

v. Number of injuries/fatalities related to falls (compared to baseline)

vi. Number of casual factors identified and abated by participants

vii. Percentage of participants Safety and Health Management Systems reviewed by NATE as part of the application process.

viii. Percent or number of fatalities reduced from baseline

ix. Results of NATE audits

2) Recognize participants that successfully achieve reductions in illnesses, injuries, and fatalities. a) Develop a recognition system to recognize participants for reductions in injuries, illnesses and fatalities in the telecommunications and broadcast tower erection industry. i. Number and percentage of participants recognized
3) Improve awareness of OSHA Compliance Safety and Health Officers (CSHOs) on the hazards/issues associated with the tower erecting industry. a) Increase the number of employees that attend the OSHA 3150 Tower Safety course. i. Number of CSHOs completing the course from the time of the established baseline.
Anticipated Outcomes

The Partnership will work to provide a safe and healthful work environment for employees and contractors involved in the communication tower industry by preventing serious accidents and fatalities through increased training, implementation of best work practices, development and implementation of safety and health management systems, and being in-compliance with applicable OSHA standards and regulations. Partnership goals will be accomplished by focusing the efforts, skills, knowledge, and resources of NATE and OSHA to benefit tower employers and employees. Increased communication, collaboration, and mutual respect are additional benefits expected during the Partnership.

Strategic Management Plan Target Areas (check one)
Construction X
Strategic Management Plan Areas of Emphasis (check all applicable)
Amputations in Construction Oil and Gas Field Services
Blast Furnaces and Basic Steel Products Preserve Fruits and Vegetables
Blood Lead Levels Public Warehousing and Storage
Concrete, Gypsum and Plaster Products Ship/Boat Building and Repair
Ergo/Musculoskeletal Silica-Related Disease
Landscaping/Horticultural Services
Section 1 - General Partnership Information

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Date of Evaluation Report January 8, 2009
Evaluation Period:
Start Date November 8, 2007 End Date November 7, 2008
Evaluation OSHA Contact Person Danielle Gibbs
Originating Office OSHA National Office - Washington DC
Partnership Coverage
# Active Employers 97 # Active Employees 4,215
Industry Coverage (note range or specific NAICS for each partner)
Partner Name
National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE)
Partnership Participants NAICS Partnership Participants NAICS
1 Advanced Tower Services, Inc. 23713 50 MIKAB Corporation 23713
2 Advanced Wireless Solutions, Inc. 23713 51 MILLENNIA CONTRACTING, INC. 23713
3 American Communications 23713 52 Mountain Valley Tower Service, Inc. 23713
4 Asbuilt Construction, Inc. 23713 53 Netrepid 23713
5 Atlantic CommTech Corporation 23713 54 New Wave Communications, Inc. 23713
6 Atlantic Tower Services, Inc. 23713 55 Nex-Tech, Inc. - Mobile Radio Div. 23713
7 B-C Walker, Inc. 23713 56 Noash Construction, Inc. 23713
8 Black & Veatch 23713 57 Northern Pride Communications, Inc. 23713
9 Blackhawk Tower Communications, Inc. 23713 58 Paramount Advanced Wireless 23713
10 Bright Lighting, Inc. 23713 59 PERFECT WIRELESS, INC. 23713
11 Brook Hill Communications, Inc. 23713 60 Phoenix of Tennessee, Inc. 23713
12 Central General Engineering & Maintenance Ltd. 23713 61 Phoenix Tower Service, LLC 23713
13 Communication Services, Inc. 23713 62 Professional Resources & Services Inc. 23713
14 COM-TECH SERVICE GROUP, INC. 23713 63 Proventus Structural Services, LLC 23713
15 Cross Development, LLC 23713 64 Radian Communication Services Corporation 23713
16 CSG Wireless, Inc. 23713 65 Radiofrequency Safety International (RSI) 23713
17 D & H Builders, Inc. 23713 66 RIO Steel & Tower, Ltd. 23713
18 Deerfield Construction Group, Inc. 23713 67 Seacomm Erectors, Inc. 23713
19 Dietz Brothers, Inc. 23713 68 Shenandoah Tower Service, Ltd. 23713
20 Dish Technologies 23713 69 Sioux Falls Tower & Communications 23713
21 Doty Moore Tower Services LLC 23713 70 Skyhook, Inc. 23713
22 Dynamic Construction Services, Inc. 23713 71 SOLO Romania 23713
23 Dynamic Construction, Inc. 23713 72 South Seas Inspection (S) PTE LTD 23713
24 E.M. Enterprises General Contractors, Inc. 23713 73 Southern Broadcast Services, Inc. 23713
25 Eagle Communication Services, Inc. 23713 74 Speelman Electric, Inc. 23713
26 Eastern Communications, Inc. 23713 75 Stewart Electric & Communications 23713
27 EasTex Tower, Inc. 23713 76 Synergy Concepts, Inc. 23713
28 eciWireless LLC 23713 77 System One Communications 23713
29 Elite Wireless 23713 78 TEAM Communications 23713
30 Emergency Radio Service, Inc. 23713 79 Texcom Construction LLC 23713
31 Empire International 23713 80 Tim's Tower 2000 23713
32 Excalibur Communications Inc. 23713 81 Tower & Communication Services, Inc. 23713
33 Excell Communications, Inc. 23713 82 Tower MRL, Inc. 23713
34 GMT Service Corp. 23713 83 Tower Systems, Inc. 23713
35 Great Plains Towers, Inc. 23713 84 Tower Technologies, LLC 23713
36 Green Mountain Communications, Inc. 23713 85 Tower Works Inc. 23713
37 Hayden Tower Service, Inc. 23713 86 TowerTel USA LLC 23713
38 Heartland Solutions Corp. 23713 87 TR Systems Inc. 23713
39 Hightower Communications, Inc. 23713 88 Train's Towers, Inc. 23713
40 Hoosier Tower Service, Inc. 23713 89 TriCon/TowerWerks, Inc. 23713
41 Hydaker-Wheatlake Company 23713 90 Trillium Development, Inc. 23713
42 JDH Contracting, Inc. 23713 91 Trusty Construction, LLC 23713
43 Lee Antenna & Line Service, Inc. 23713 92 United States Tower Services, LTD 23713
44 Legacy Telecommunications, Inc. 23713 93 WAVE Communications 23713
45 McCabe-Orin 23713 94 WesTower Communications 23713
46 MEI - Morgantown Excavators, Inc. 23713 95 Wireless Horizon 23713
47 Mid Atlantic Contracting, Inc. 23713 96 Wireless Infrastructure Services 23713
48 MidAmerica Tower Service, Inc. 23713 97 Wireless Legacy Corp. 23713
49 Midwest Underground Technology, Inc. 23713
Section 2 - Activities Performed

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Note whether an activity was provided for by the OSP and whether it was performed
Required Performed
a. Training Yes Yes
b. Consultation Visits No No
c. Safety and Health Management Systems Reviewed/Developed
d. Technical Assistance
e. VPP-Focused Activities
f. OSHA Enforcement Inspection
g. Offsite Verifications
h. Onsite Non-Enforcement Interactions
i. Participant Self-Inspections
j. Other Activities
2a. Training (if performed, provide the following totals)
Training session conducted by OSHA staff
Training session conducted by non-OSHA staff
Employees trained
Training hours provided to employees, supervisors, and managers
Supervisors/managers trained
Training hours provided to supervisors/managers
Included above
Included in Line 4
Comments/Explanations (briefly describe activities, or explain if activity provided for but not performed)

As a result of the Partnership, 1,040 employees, managers, and supervisors received the OSHA 10-hour course and 448 received the OSHA 30-hour course. Also this year, NATE:

  • Developed and released the second edition of its Tower Climber Fall Protection Training Standard (NATE CTS) which will be delivered by in-house and commercial trainers to both NATE members and non-members.
  • Throughout the year, developed and added safety materials to its list of safety resources, including the NATE Accident Prevention, Safety and Health Program Guide; NATE Hoist Operator's Educational Requirements Guide; Tower Signals and Communication Guide; Roof Top Safety Protocol Manual; site signage materials; the Radio Frequency Awareness Guide; and videos on best practices (e.g., Personnel Hoisting, Gin Pole Procedures, and Radio Frequency Awareness).
  • Met with commercial trainers to discuss future training initiatives during NATE's 2008 Conference and Exposition.
  • Worked with the Pennsylvania Wireless Association regarding collaboration on online tower climber safety training.
Future plans:
  • NATE is developing its first online training program on hoist operator educational requirements which should be completed by early 2009.
2b. Consultation Visits (if performed, provide the following total)
Consultation visits to partner sites N/A
Comments/Explanations (briefly describe activities, or explain if activity provided for but not performed)
2c. Safety and Health Management Systems (if performed, provide the following total)
Systems implemented or improved using the 1989 Guidelines as a model 97
Comments/Explanations (briefly describe activities, or explain if activity provided for but not performed)
During the Partnership application process, NATE verifies that each potential participant has a safety and health management system in place and has provided their employees with a copy of the system. Every applicant (including previous and current participants) is required to submit a new application during the application period to help ensure that current information is provided.

*Note: If an applicant does not have a safety and health management system in place when they apply to participate in the Partnership, they are strongly encouraged to develop and implement one (based on OSHA's 1989 Guidelines) and may re-apply when the company feels they are ready to participate in the program.
2d. Technical Assistance (if performed, note type and by whom)
Provided by OSHA Staff Provided by Participants Provided by Other Party
Conference/Seminar Participation
Interpretation/Explanation of Standards or OSHA Policy
Abatement Assistance
Yes - see below*
Yes - see below**
Yes - see below*
Yes - see below*
Comments/Explanations (briefly describe activities, or explain if activity provided for but not performed)
Conference/Seminar Participation:
NATE's annual conferences provide an excellent opportunity for OSHA to conduct outreach, compliance assistance, and provide OSHA cooperative program information to NATE members, tower employers, and employees. The face-to-face interaction is especially helpful in forming cooperative and friendly relationships within the tower industry.

Six OSHA staff members actively participated at NATE's 2008 Annual Conference and Exposition, held in Orlando, Florida on February 11-14, 2008, including: Rex Morgart (National Office), Rob Medlock (Region 5 - Cleveland Area Office), Jocko Vermillion (Region 5 - Cleveland Area Office), Ken Koroll (Region 5 - Cleveland Area Office Compliance Assistance Specialist), and Veneta Chatmon (National Office). Former Assistant Secretary Edwin G. Foulke Jr. served as a keynote speaker and opened the conference. Following his keynote address, Mr. Foulke addressed the crowd of several hundred and pledged his commitment to tower safety by signing NATE's "Recommitment to Safety" eight foot signature wall.

OSHA exhibited at the NATE 2008 exposition by staffing a booth and providing compliance assistance materials, posters, and Partnership application materials. In addition, OSHA staff members were readily available to answer any questions that conference participants may have had. OSHA held its 10-hour training course on the first day of the conference along with a national partnership workshop. Both were very well-received by conference attendees.
Conference/Seminar Participation:
During the conference, the following educational or technical assistance sessions were provides by OSHA and/or another party:
  • OSHA 10-hour training course (90 attendees)
  • OSHA Revised Directive for Riding the Line During Construction & Maintenance Activities on Communication Structures (210 attendees)
  • Mobile Crane Certification and Safety (200 attendees)
  • Radio Frequency Safety at Work Sites (195 attendees)
  • Installing an Effective Ground Electrode System (145 attendees)
  • Controlling Substance Abuse (60 attendees)
  • NATE/OSHA Partnership Review (110 attendees)
  • Making Safety Happen in a Tower Company (120 attendees)
  • The Role of the Company Safety Officer - Part 1 and Part 2 (66 attendees)
  • CPR/First Aid (# of attendees not available)
  • NATE Climber Training Course (# of attendees not available)
  • Vibration Dampening, Bird Flight Diverters, and Unique Termination for Guyed Towers (# of attendees not available)

*Interpretation/Explanation of Standards or OSHA Policy:

  • Throughout 2008 on an as-needed basis, OSHA provided technical assistance to the tower industry regarding how to interpret tower-related OSHA standards and directives (e.g., OSHA regulations regarding monopole and tower arm climbing requirements).
  • Throughout 2008, NATE responded to inquiries from the tower industry regarding how to interpret tower-related OSHA standards and directives. If additional specific technical information was needed, the inquiry was forwarded to OSHA for assistance.

**Abatement Assistance:

  • Throughout 2008, on an as-needed basis, OSHA provided assistance to the tower industry regarding abatement issues and topics (for example: fall protection systems, hoisting, and rigging).
  • Throughout 2008, NATE responded to questions and provided assistance to the tower industry regarding abatement assistance. If additional information was needed, NATE referred to the inquiry to OSHA.


  • During the 2008 annual conference, OSHA presented four speeches on the following topics: tower worker safety and health, the NATE-OSHA National Partnership, the updated Tower Directive (CPL 2-1.36), and complying with OSHA directives and standards related to the tower industry.
  • During the 2008 conference, speeches by NATE or other parties included: "Tower Safety - It's Up To You," "Tailgate Talks," The Critical Aspects of Tower Site Safety," NATE's Safety Standards," and "The Importance of Tower Safety."
2e. VPP-Focused Activities (if performed, provide the following total)
Partners/participants actively seeking VPP participation
Applications submitted
VPP participants
Comments/Explanations (briefly describe activities, or explain if activity provided for but not performed)
At the end of 2007, OSHA and NATE reached another milestone as MidAmerica Tower Service was the first Partnership participant to attain Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) New Star recognition. During the 2008 annual conference, MidAmerica was presented with their VPP flag and plaque by Mr. Foulke while he gave his keynote address. NATE plans to continue efforts to increase Partnership participants' and members' interest in participating in VPP and OSHA Challenge.
2f. OSHA Enforcement Activity (if performed, provide the following totals for any programmed, unprogrammed, and verification-related inspections)
OSHA enforcement inspections conducted
OSHA enforcement inspections in compliance
OSHA enforcement inspection with violations cited
Total number of citations classified as Serious, Repeat, and Willful
3 (Serious)
0 (Repeat)
0 (Willful)
Comments/Explanations (briefly describe activities, or explain if activity provided for but not performed)
Three Partnership participants experienced fatalities in 2008: Brook Hill Communications (4/17/08), Paramount Advanced Wireless 7/18/08), and Phoenix of Tennessee (5/27/08). OSHA's investigations into these fatalities resulted in the issuance of three Serious citations. OSHA issued four citations for violations to Phoenix of Tennessee of which three were later deleted. The other two cases involving Brook Hill Communications and Paramount Advanced Wireless are currently under Contest.
2g. Offsite Verification (if performed, provide the following total)
Offsite verifications performed 97
Comments/Explanations (briefly describe activities, or explain if activity provided for but not performed)
All participants' applications were reviewed by NATE and then forwarded to OSHA for review and approval prior to being accepted into the Partnership.
2h. Onsite Non-Enforcement Verification (if performed, provide the following total)
Onsite non-enforcement verifications performed N/A
Comments/Explanations (briefly describe activities, or explain if activity provided for but not performed)
2i. Participant Self-Inspections (if performed, provide the following total)
Self-inspections performed
Hazards and/or violations identified and corrected/abated
Comments/Explanations (briefly describe activities, or explain if activity provided for but not performed)
During this year, over 1,300 self-inspections were performed by Partnership participants, resulting in approximately 350 hazards and violations being identified and abated. Corrected and/or abated violations and hazards included employees not wearing proper personal protective equipment (PPE) - hard hats - improper barricading, missing signage and tags, plastic gas cans on the worksite, and the use of improper equipment (e.g., broken ladders).
2j. Other Activities (briefly describe other activities performed)
  1. Safety and Health Outreach and Promotion

    Marketing Efforts:

    • NATE hired public relations firm, GolinHarris, to help educate the industry on the cost and value of promoting tower safety. Responsibilities of GolinHarris include: continuously identify speaking opportunities for NATE at industry and safety-related trade shows, attend relevant meetings and briefings (e.g., OSHA's Assistance Secretary), and work with NATE members to develop specific case studies for safety.
    Public Speaking Events:
    • NATE and its members attended and spoke at six public events (e.g., State Wireless Association events in PA, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia) to promote tower safety to tower owners and operators and discourage the hiring of unqualified contactors.
    • NATE requested and was granted a speaking position at the American Society of Safety Engineers 2009 Safety Conference.
    • NATE collaborated with the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) to obtain a speaking position to discuss the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) tower safety construction standard their 2009 Annual Conference and Exposition.
    Public Service Announcement (PSA):
    • NATE developed the groundbreaking "It's Up to You" Public Service Announcement (PSA) which was released on November 11, 2008. Tower companies, regulatory groups, families of tower workers who were victims, and other key industry stakeholders came together to deliver the message about the importance of safe work practices.
    Outreach Materials:
    • NATE developed and disseminated their monthly publication, Tower Times (available to both non-members and members) which provides safety resources in every edition. NATE also identifies member companies who provide training on the NATE CTS in every issue.
    • NATE prepared a tower safety article for the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) publication.
    • NATE developed and disseminated safety brochures to their members which included a list of safety resources.
    • NATE developed a series of 18 different tower climber safety posters that were mailed to over 6,000 industry contacts and made available for free download.
    • NATE developed and disseminated news email bulletins.
    • NATE makes available the "It's Up To You" t-shirt which reflects the tower safety PSA.


    NATE has developed and posted safety information on their website which includes:

    • Safety and health videos.
    • The Accident Prevention Safety and Health Program Guide.
    • A radio frequency awareness manual.
    • The Hoist Standard.
    • Hoist Operators Educational Requirements Manual and other safety resources.
    • Links to OSHA and other safety and health organizations.
    • Qualified Contractor Evaluation Checklist.
    • Tower Owner Safety Checklist.
    • Free download access to 18 safety posters that address critical safety issues for tower climbers.
    • Replay and download of NATE's safety and health webinars.
    • Archived copies of the Tower Times magazine which include safety articles, tailgate talk topics, health information, OSHA reports, regulatory news, and legal guidance.

    Safety Updates and Preventive Response Notices ("NATE News"):
    Safety updates and notices known as "NATE News" are disseminated to members via email which are later posted on NATE's website. Examples include:

    • Following tower worker fatalities that involved rappelling, NATE disseminated an Industry Safety Alert to remind members to utilize fall arrest equipment and follow safety requirements and procedures while rappelling and descending from a tower (July 2008).
    • OSHA's "Preventing Fatal Falls in Construction" announcement (October 2008).
    • OSHA's Updated "Cranes and Derricks Standard" announcement which addressed the erection, dismantling, and operation of tower cranes (October 2008).
    • NATE offered three safety and health webinars to the entire tower industry. During the webinars, NATE endorsed the use of the Qualified Climber Evaluation Checklist and the Tower Owner Safety Checklist as an industry best practice.
  2. Tower Safety Standards Development
    • The second edition of the NATE Tower Climber Fall Protection Training Standard (CTS) was completed and posted on the NATE website with free access to the public.
    • NATE members and the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) collaborated on Revision G of the Tower Structural Standard (TIA 222g).
    • NATE members developed the TIA Gin Pole Standard (TIA 1019).
    • A NATE representative assisted with the development of the American National Standards Institute's (ANSI) Z359.
    • NATE members collaborated with North Carolina to develop the state's new tower safety standard.
    • NATE assisted in the development of Michigan's new tower safety standard.
  3. Collaboration between Industry Stakeholders
    • NATE members collaborated with TIA to gain input on revising tower structural standards.
    • NATE served as a representative on the ANSI Fall Protection Standard Committee.
    • NATE collaborated with the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) to develop a positive working relationship on safety issues. (Many NATE members are also members of ASSE.)
    • NATE encouraged a positive relationship between association members and the media which resulted in a member company being named one of "America's Safest Companies."
    • NATE reached out to PCIA - The Wireless Infrastructure Association to determine methods for future collaboration efforts.
    • NATE, PCIA, NAB, and CTIA - The Wireless Association developed the regulatory issue coalition.
    • NATE collaborated with the state of North Carolina to develop their new tower standard.
    • NATE was represented on Michigan's Advisory Committee with a member serving as co-chair of the committee.
Section 3 - Illness and Injury Information

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Year Hours Total Cases TCIR # of Days Away from Work Restricted and Transferred Activity Cases DART
Year 1 5,857,645 151 5.2 121 4.1
Year 2 6,988,112 121 3.4 93 2.6
Total 12,845,757 272 214
Two-Year Average Rate 4.2 3.3
BLS National Average for 2007 4.9 2.9
Baseline 5.2 4.1
Section 4 - Partnership Plans, Benefits, and Recommendations

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Changes and Challenges (check all applicable)
Changes Challenges
Management Structure N/A N/A
Participants N/A N/A
Data Collection N/A N/A
Employee Involvement N/A N/A
OSHA Enforcement Inspection
Partnership Outreach
Partnership Benefits (check all applicable)
Increased safety and health awareness Yes
Improved relationship with OSHA Yes
Improved relationship with employers Yes
Improved relationship with employees or unions Yes
Increased number of participants Yes
Increased Safety and Health Awareness:
With close to 100 Partnership participants, increasing safety and health awareness in the tower industry has continued to be a high priority. The participants demonstrate their willingness to voluntarily hold themselves to higher standards regarding job site safety by identifying and resolving potential hazards through the required site safety audits. Increasing safety and health awareness is also accomplished by requiring the participants to requisite levels of training, implementation of a safety and health management system, and the presence of a competent person on the worksite at all times. Furthermore, NATE has been very proactive in promoting the Partnership and re-enforcing the value of safety in the tower industry.

Improved Relationship with OSHA:
The formation of the Partnership Management Team (PMT), consisting of NATE and OSHA representatives, has increased communication and strengthened the relationship between the organizations. This working relationship with federal regulators has extended beyond the Partnership for addressing issues of concern. The Partnership has become a forum for OSHA and NATE to discuss issues and concerns with an emphasis on improving overall safety within the tower industry. Partnership participants and NATE members are provided the opportunity to meet and talk with OSHA officials during the national conference and during the offered training sessions, as well through technical assistance efforts. This helps to alleviate preconceived fears of the agency and leverage resources.

Improved Relationship with Employers:
Through the Partnership, OSHA has been able to work closely with NATE to discuss, address, and resolve issues relating to safety in the tower industry. The result has been an open forum of communication where companies no longer fear OSHA but rather look to the agency for help and guidance.

Improved Relationship with Employees or Unions:
Employees of Partnership participants understand that by partnering with NATE and OSHA, their employers are taking steps to ensure their safety. The Partnership is one more method to make certain that tower climbers go home safely at the end of the day.

Increased Number of Participants: The first membership application period yielded 87 participating companies - far above our expectations. The mid year application period added another 14 companies bringing the total partners to 100. The interest level has remained high and OSHA plans to once again participate in NATE's Annual Conference.
Status Recommendations (check one)
Partnership Completed N/A
Continue Yes
Continue with the following provisions: N/A
Terminate (provide explanation) N/A
As the Partnership completes its third and final year in 2009, partners should begin considering whether the Partnership should be renewed in November 2009 and if so, whether the agreement needs to be amended and what these specific amendments would entail (e.g., are the current goals sufficient or are modifications necessary). It would beneficial for the Partnership Management Team (PMT) to begin discussions on this topic during the regularly scheduled PMT quarterly teleconferences occurring in 2009 leading to consensus by late summer 2009.
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