IEC - Alliance Renewal Agreement - December 8, 2008


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Independent Electrical Contractors, Inc. (IEC) recognize the value of maintaining a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and IEC hereby agree to renew the Alliance; signed August 30, 2002, renewed April 5, 2004 and renewed October 30, 2006; to provide IEC members and others in the construction industry with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees’ health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to fall and arc flash hazards; and addressing electrical and motor vehicle safety issues. In renewing this Alliance, OSHA and IEC recognize that OSHA’s State Plan and On-site Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

OSHA and IEC will continue to work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:

  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise in developing information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to provide expertise in developing ways of communicating such information (e.g. print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools and OSHA’s and the IEC’s Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.
  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA’s or IEC’s conferences, local meetings, or other events, such as IEC’s National Convention and Electric Expo.
  • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding IEC’s best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by IEC and through OSHA- or IEC-developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum).
  • Promote and encourage IEC’s members’ or worksites’ participation in OSHA’s cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Programs, and the On-site Consultation Program and its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.
  • Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects, including fall protection and electrical safety, which are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.
  • Encourage IEC’s chapters to build relationships with OSHA’s Regional and Area Offices to address health and safety issues, including fall, material handling, and arc flash hazards; and electrical and motor vehicle safety.

OSHA’s Alliances provide parties an opportunity to participate in a voluntary cooperative relationship with OSHA for purposes such as training and education, outreach and communication and promoting a national dialogue on workplace safety and health. These Alliances have proved to be valuable tools for both OSHA and its Alliance participants. By entering into an Alliance with a party, OSHA is not endorsing any of that party’s products or services; nor does the Agency enter into an Alliance with the purpose of promoting a particular party’s products or services.

An implementation team made up of representatives of both organizations will meet to develop a plan of action, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the participants. In addition, they will meet at least three times per year to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance. Team members will include representatives of OSHA’s Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs, Directorate of Construction and any other appropriate office. OSHA will encourage State Plan States’ and OSHA On-site Consultation Projects’ participation on the team.

This agreement will remain in effect for two years. Either signatory may terminate it for any reason at any time, provided they give 30 days written notice. This agreement may be modified at any time with the concurrence of both signatories.


  • Thomas M. Stohler
  • Acting Assistant Secretary
  • Occupational Safety and
  • Health Administration


  • Steven Wiege
  • National President
  • Independent Electrical Contractors, Inc.