Reg 5 - Alliance Annual Report - July 14, 2011
ANNUAL AREA OFFICE ALLIANCE REPORT
Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training
July 14, 2011
- Alliance Background
Date Signed: February 1, 2008
Initial Expiration Date: February, 2010
Resigned: May 18, 2010
Expiration Date: May, 2012
Primary goals of the alliance are to develop relationships with the electrical contractors and apprentice electricians through the apprenticeship training program at the NECA training facility in Alsip Illinois. Initial target area was the hazards associated with arc flash and arc blast.
Implementation Team Members.
Mr. John Prendergast - Assistant Program Coordinator
Mr. Matt McNicholas - OSHA - Calumet City Area Office
Mr. William Coulehan - OSHA - Calumet City Area Office
- Implementation Team Meetings
Implementation team meetings are conducted by conference calls and e-mails regarding various projects and alliance activities. Last meeting was associated with the presentations on June 20 and 21, 2011.
- Activities and Products
This report summarizes alliance activities in calendar year 2010 and through June, 2011.
Alliance activities focus on "Introduction to OSHA" presentations as a part of the OSHA 10 Hour courses provided to apprentices and journeymen through the Local 134 Training Center. In addition, presentations of NFPA and Arc Flash / Arc Blast are provided upon request. Session dates and the number in attendance are as follows:
Introduction to OSHA
May 18, 2010
June 16, 2010
September 8, 2010
December 8, 2010
March 10, 2011
June 21, 2011
NFPA 70 E / Arc Flash / Arc Blast
January 25, 2010
February 16, 2010
September 24, 2010
November 17, 2010
February 9, 2011
June 20, 2011
Each session included a Q / A session between attendees (contractors / union representatives and OSHA personnel)
In addition, the alliance is intended to serve as a mechanism to train compliance officers (CSHOs) in the labs at the EJATT facility and identifying equipment and procedures encountered during inspections including transformers, means of grounding and temporary wiring. A training session for OSHA CSHOs was given on March 15, 2011, through an Illinois - General Industry Consistency Meeting. CSHOs from all of the Area Offices attended and received instruction on the principals of electricity, how it is transmitted through equipment and the hazards posed to persons working on and near electrical equipment.
No specific outreach products have been developed through the alliance, but the PowerPoint presentations used during the Introduction to OSHA, blast / arc flash presentations and the prior whistleblower presentation were provided to EJATT for use in other sessions.
This alliance continues to be very successful in building a strong relationship between OSHA, specific electrical contactors in the area and the union’s training facility. When initiated, the alliance focused on the emerging topic of arc flash / arc blast and was successful in presenting information on the subject. This has expanded to include Introduction to OSHA presentations as part of OSHA 10-Hour courses. With the majority of local electrical apprentices receiving training at the EJATT, the setting is ideal to continue the relationship with future tradesmen. All parties involved are very pleased with the activities and strong relationship developed to date.
- Upcoming Milestones
A goal for 2011 is to expanded activities to include additional training of OSHA Compliance Officers on equipment available at the facility. The training facility has an extensive system of sample circuits and panel boards at which CSHOs can receive background on associated hazards and industry practices for service and maintenance.
It is the recommendation to renew this alliance as scheduled in 2012.
Report Prepared by: William Coulehan and Matthew McNicholas
For more information, contact the Office of Outreach Services and Alliances at 202-693-2340 or go to OSHA.