Reg 4 - Alliance Annual Report - September 30, 2004
U.S. Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Atlanta Regional Office
61 Forsyth Street, S.W., Room 6T50
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
(404) 562-2300; Fax (404) 562-2295
Region IV Alliance Annual Status Report
September 30, 2004
Project: IBEW, SELCAT & NECA Alliance focused on reducing and preventing exposure to electrical transmission and distribution equipment hazards
Signed September 26, 2003
Overview of Goals
Training & Education Goals:
- Delivery of safety and health training to experienced workers, as well as apprentice linemen, accomplished by the IBEW, SELCAT, and SLCC/NECA.
- Development of training and education programs for employees focusing on safety and health issues related to the electrical utility industry.
- Develop workplace safety and health curricula focusing on the primary causes of fatal accidents in the electrical utility industry, including improper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), failure to maintain a safe distance, and failure to utilize proper equipotential grounding techniques.
Outreach & Communication Goals:
- Develop and disseminate information through print and electronic media.
- Speak, exhibit, or attend annual IBEW, SELCAT, and SLCC/NECA conferences, local labor meetings, training sessions, or other events.
- Sharing industry safety and health-related best practices.
- Promote OSHA’s cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Program, Consultation, and SHARP.
Promoting National Dialogue on Workplace Safety Goals:
- Raise others’ awareness of and demonstrate their own commitment to safety and health whenever IBEW, SELCAT, and SLCC/NECA groups.
- Develop and disseminate case studies illustrating the business value of safety and health and publicize their results.
- Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings to discuss electrical industry safety and health issues.
Overview of Milestone Met in FY 2004
During the December 2003 chapter meeting the alliance with OSHA was promoted.
During Labor/Management meetings in Georgia, Florida and Arkansas the alliance with OSHA was promoted.
Alliance was presented and copies provided to the NECA membership.
Alliance was promoted in the NECA National Newsletter, distributed to 128 national and international chapters.
Developed a fact sheet addressing the health hazards of welding galvanized metals.
Implementation team members attended the IBEW Tenth and Fifth District Progress meetings.
Developed a Lineman/Foremen training course, which focuses on a wide range of safety and health issues with the goal of changing the safety culture. An instructor for the course is currently being recruited.
Developed a SELCAT safety training course, as well as a course catalog which list all of the training courses offered by the organization.
Milestones Achievement Targeted in FY 2005:
The NECA Electrical Contracting Foundation (ELECTRI 21) is currently researching equipotential grounding. The results of the research conducted by ELECTRI 21 will be shared with OSHA.
Implementation of Newsletter with information about alliance.
Identify and share best practices between contractors.
Conduct an injury prevention assessment to evaluate the alliance’s impact.
Development of a unified industry safety manual