Through the OSHA and NUCA Alliance, the organizations will work together to provide NUCA's members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety. The Alliance focuses on reducing and preventing exposure to underground utility construction hazards associated with trenching and excavation, tunneling, and confined space entry. The agreement's goals include:
Training and education
- Deliver or arrange for the delivery of NUCA training programs (e.g. Excavation Safety, Competent Person and Confined Space) to OSHA staff, including those offered in Spanish.
- Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop training and education programs on utility construction such as a 10-hour outreach program with emphasis on trench and excavation safety. NUCA will provide instructors as needed.
Outreach and communication
- Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding NUCA's best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by NUCA and through OSHA- or NUCA- developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures.
- Work with OSHA to provide expertise to create a trenching and excavations and a confined spaces compliance assistance information card and fact sheet in both English and Spanish.
- Encourage NUCA's members to act as mentors to utility contractors who need guidance and assistance with safety and health issues to improve safety performance within the underground utility industry.
Promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health
- Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on underground utility construction hazards associated with trenching and excavation, tunneling, and confined space entry to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace.