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OSHA has joined with representatives from the power transmission and distribution
industry, as well as trade and labor representatives, to develop a common vision and commitment
to provide employees in the electrical transmission and distribution industry (the
"Industry") with a safe and healthful workplace, and to demonstrate leadership, responsibility and
accountability in furthering worker health and safety.
Partnership goals will be achieved through strategies and objectives that include:
The Partnership made significant progress in 2011, some of which included:
During 2011, the OSP partners continued to conduct the Supervisory Leadership Skills Outreach Training (SLSOT) course. This course is designed to help foremen/general foremen create a safe work culture on the job, and course attendees receive an OSHA training card upon successfully completing the course. A total of 2,429 supervisors and managers completed this training during this evaluation period.
In addition, 30,132 workers successfully completed the ET&D industry-specific OSHA 10-Hour Outreach Training Program course during this evaluation period. This number includes apprentices, journeymen, and foremen/general foremen.
The OSP partners and OSHA worked on the development of a proposal to conduct the ET&D industry-specific OSHA 10-Hour Outreach Training Program (10-Hour course) and ET&D Train the Trainer courses through OSHA's Education Centers. If implemented, this approach would create a nationwide network of training venues for partner and non-partner industry workers.
OSP Injury and Illness Rate Changes 2009-2010
OSP participating employer participants, as a group, achieved a TCIR of 2.58 in 2011. This figure represents an 18.7 percent decrease from the 2010 TCIR of 3.17. OSP participating employer participants, as a group, achieved a DART rate of 1.40 in 2011, a slight decrease when compared to the DART rate of 1.45 in 2010. The injury and illness rates reported by the OSP participating employer participants, as a group, continue on their downward trend when viewed over the course of the OSP.
Communication between the industry partners and OSHA demonstrates commitment to the OSP and raised safety and health awareness for the ET&D industry. The partners' willingness to renew the OSP demonstrates their commitment to safety and health for their industry. The OSP encourages OSHA, industry safety professionals, workers, and labor representatives to participate in the occupational safety and health process. OSHA and the OSP partners continued their work together in 2011 to promote occupational safety and health through a number of various safety and health outreach and promotion activities specifically focusing on the ET&D industry.
The ongoing success of the OSP is due, in part, to its unique management structure. The OSP's Executive Team, made up of CEO-level management, meets approximately three to four times per year to approve OSP activities and products and to manage overall OSP implementation.
The OSP's Steering Team, made up of employer participants' safety and health managers and an OSHA National Office representative, meets approximately every four to six weeks, manages day-to-day operations of the OSP, and serves as the liaison between the Executive Team and the Task Teams. During this evaluation period the Steering Team met nine times: January 24, 2011; February 4, 2011; February 18, 2011; March 28, 2011; April 19, 2011; May 20, 2011; July 27, 2011; September 27, 2011; and November 8, 2011. The four Task Teams comprised of workers, supervisors, and OSHA representatives, meet as needed to focus on specific OSP activities.
The OSP demonstrates benefits for the participants through a continual decrease in injuries and illnesses.
By working on common goals, analyzing accident and injury data for causal factors, and implementing Best Practices, the OSP participating employers' injury and illness rates have been reduced over the seven year history of the OSP and continued to trend downward in 2011.
Partnership Approved Best Practices