Region 8 - Alliance Annual Report - October 1, 2017

October 1, 2017

  1. Alliance Background

    Date signed

    August 2, 2013


    The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Region VIII and The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Unions #68 (IBEW), the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union #111, the National Electrical Contractors Association, Rocky Mountain Chapter (NECA), and the Denver Joint Electrical Apprenticeship & Training Committee (DJEATC) recognized the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthy American workplaces. To that end, OSHA, IBEW, NECA, DJEATC, formed an Alliance to provide IBEW members and contractors, NECA members, and others in the electrical construction and maintenance industry with information, guidance, and access to training resources to help them protect the health and safety of workers particularly by reducing and preventing exposure to electrical shock, arc flash, arc blast, electrocution, fall, ergonomic and motor vehicle hazards and address safety supervision training issues, and understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and OSHA, IBEW, NECA, DJEATC, recognized that OSHA’s State Plan and On-site Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

    Normal Construction Labor Market is defined to mean the following geographical area plus the commuting distance adjacent thereto which includes the area from which the normal labor supply is secured. IBEW LU #68 jurisdiction includes 1969 members and encompasses the following counties: Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Denver, Douglas, Eagle, Jefferson, Lake, Larimer, Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Sedgwick, and Summit.

    Implementation Team Members

    Rory Berumen, RMC NECA Chapter Manager, Craig Clark, President, Dynalectric, Chris Griego, IBEW LU 68 Special Delegate to the Safety Committee, Rusty Gonzales, President, St. Andrews Construction Services, Denver, Kellie Holland, President, Empire Electric, Jim Perizzolo IBEW LU 68 Agent, Bill Anderson, DJEATC Training Director , Jack Cox, IBEW LU 68 President, Francis Marcotte, Manager Service/Tele Data, Chris Mathewson Region 8 Labor Liason, Chris Olson RME Electric Vice President, Jim Keating IBEW LU 68 Agent, Jim Mantele IBEW LU 68 Business Manager, Tom Sutak, President, Rainbow Electric, Keith Hewitt IBEW LU 68 Agent, Joel Holden IBEW LU 68 Agent, Jeremy Ross IBEW LU 68 Agent, Ed Mechado, Dynalectric Safety Manager, Chuck Soderquist, Sturgeon Electric, Safety Manager, Ken Ganskow, Intermountain Electric, Safety Director, Gary Swanstrom, Guarantee Electrical, Safety Director.


    Evaluation Period

    1 YEAR (10/1/16 – 9/30/17)

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    9/22/16 – NECA implementation/planning meeting
    10/24/16 – IBEW 111 implementation/planning meeting
    1/5/17 - NECA implementation/planning meeting
    1/23/17 – IBEW 111 implementation/planning meeting
    3/20/17 – IBEW 111 planning meeting for High Voltage Training Class
    5/5/17 – Provided IBEW 111 with feedback from High Voltage Training Class
    9/27/17 – IBEW 111 implementation/planning meeting and discuss upcoming alliance renewal

  3. Events and Products

    Training, Education and Planning

    10/24/17 – OSHA Silica presentation to IBEW 111 members
    4/13/17 – IBEW 111 conducted a full day course on Electrical Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution at their new training facility for CSHOs. See details below in results.

    Outreach and Communication

    4/28/17 – IBEW 68 assisted with and allowed OSHA to utilize their union hall to hold the Workers Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony.
    9/20/17 – IBEW 68 answered an OSHA National Office request by providing a contact that could explain solar installations.
    9/30/17 – OSHA provided IBEW 111 with requested suicide prevention contacts

    Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health

    Safety Meetings

    • Weekly Safety Meetings Various Topics/ Various Jobsites 1 Hour Each
    • Monthly Safety Meetings
    • Internal Safety Classes
  4. Results

    On 4/13/17, IBEW 111 conducted a well-received (per student feedback) full day course on Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution for compliance officers in Colorado. About 20 CSHOs attended the training which was held at the new training center for IBEW 111. CSHOs received a half day of lecture followed by a half day of interactive demonstrations on the outdoor equipment. This course will serve as a compliment to the OTI course which is required for CSHOs conducting inspections under 1910.269. This course was a long time in the making and will serve other safety and health professionals in the future (CSHOs, State Consultation and State Enforcement).

  5. Upcoming Milestone

    The renewal of this Alliance is projected to be completed in November 2017. The renewal will likely be with IBEW 111 alone based on activity levels during the past 2 years. The other signatories to the previous alliance will be able to pursue separate alliances with OSHA if interested.

    IBEW will make slight updates to their training course given on 4/13/17. IBEW and OSHA plan to work together to offer this course again during the next alliance term. Perspective students would include new CSHOs and State program staff.

    OSHA Regional VIII Partner

    • Raising Awareness of OSHA’s Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives, such as by:

      • Sharing information on OSHA’s regulatory agenda and opportunities to participate in the rulemaking process.
      • Training workers on new and revised standards.
      • Developing worker information on new and revised standards.
      • Sharing information on National Emphasis Programs (NEPs).
      • Developing compliance assistance materials for other specifically targeted hazards/industries.
      • Participating in various forums and groups to discuss ways of improving workplace safety and health programs.
      • Encouraging worker participation in workplace safety and health.
    • Outreach and Communication, such as by:

      • Creating and sharing compliance assistance materials in English, Spanish, and other languages for workers and/or employers.
      • Conducting best practice seminars in support of OSHA’s enforcement initiatives.
      • Speaking or exhibiting at conferences and meetings.
    • Training and Education, such as by:

      • Developing effective worker training and education programs.
      • Arranging for the delivery of worker training.
      • Developing employer seminars aimed at reducing workplace hazards