Reg 5 - Alliance Renewal Agreement - September 28, 2016
AGREEMENT RENEWING AN ALLIANCE
CALUMET CITY AREA OFFICE
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
ELECTRICAL JOINT APPRENTICESHIP AND TRAINING TRUST
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Calumet City Area Office and the Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Trust (EJATT) continue to recognize the value of maintaining a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. To that end, OSHA and EJATT hereby renew the Alliance signed May 16, 2012, with a continued emphasis on reducing and preventing exposure to the hazards associated with Arc Blast and Arc Flash, and other hazards associated with the installation and maintenance of electrical systems. Specifically, both organizations are committed to providing EJATT members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers and understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act). Through the Alliance, the organizations will continue to address hazards associated with the installation and maintenance of electrical systems.
This renewal agreement provides a framework and objectives for the Alliance’s activities. Alliance participants will summarize specific activities and timeframes for completion in a written work plan.
Through the Alliance, the organizations will use relevant injury, illness, and hazard exposure data when appropriate to help identify areas of emphasis for Alliance awareness, outreach, and communication activities. The Alliance will also explore and implement selected options to evaluate the effectiveness of the Alliance and measure the impact of its overall effort on improving workplace safety for employers and workers. In renewing this Alliance, OSHA and EJATT recognize that OSHA’s State Plan and On-site Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort, and that information about the products and activities of the Alliance may be shared with these partners for the advancement of common goals.
Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following objectives related to raising awareness of OSHA’s rulemaking and enforcement initiatives:
- To share information on OSHA’s National/Regional/Local Emphasis Programs, Regulatory Agenda, and opportunities to participate in the rulemaking process.
- To share information on occupational safety and health laws and standards, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers.
- To convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on electrical hazards, Arc Blast and Arc Flash to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.
- To encourage worker participation in workplace safety and health by speaking at EJATT OSHA 10-hour courses.
Training and Education
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following training and education objectives:
- To develop effective training and education programs for OSHA compliance officer (CSHOs) and EJATT members regarding Electrical Safety Related Work Practice training, the proper installation, maintenance, and on-site management of electrical systems, and to communicate such information to constituent employers and workers.
- To develop effective training and education programs for EJATT members to promote understanding of workers’ rights, including the use of the OSHA complaint process, and the responsibilities of employers and to communicate such information to workers and employers.
- To deliver or arrange for the delivery of All About OSHA portion for OSHA 10-hour courses.
Outreach and Communication
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following outreach and communication objectives:
- To develop information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to develop ways of communicating such information (e.g., print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools, and OSHA’s and the EJATT’s Web sites) to employers and workers in the industry.
- To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA’s or EJATT’s conferences, local meetings, or other events.
- To share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding EJATT’ good practices or effective approaches through training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum) developed by the participants.
- To work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects on the installation, repair and maintenance of electrical system that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.
- To develop and disseminate case studies on electrical hazards and publicize their results.
OSHA’s Alliances provide parties an opportunity to participate in a voluntary cooperative relationship with OSHA for purposes such as raising awareness of OSHA’s rulemaking and enforcement initiatives, training and education, and outreach and communication. 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 or promoting, nor does it intend to endorse or promote, any of that party’s products or services.
An implementation team made up of representatives of each organization will meet to develop a work plan, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the participants. In addition, they will meet at least two times per year to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance. OSHA team members will include representatives of the Calumet City Area Office and any other appropriate offices. 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 written concurrence of both signatories.
Signed this 28th day of September 2016.
Occupational Safety and
John Donahue Ed.D., J.D.
Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and