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ALLIANCE ANNUAL REPORT

Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the
Independent Electrical Contractors, Inc. (IEC)
August 29, 2005


  1. Alliance Background

  2. Date Signed

    August 30, 2002

    Date Renewed

    April 5, 2004

    Evaluation Period

    August 30, 2004 - August 29, 2005

    Overview

    The OSHA and IEC Alliance addresses reducing and preventing electrical contractors employees' exposure to falls, rear-end auto collisions and material-handling hazards by providing the IEC membership and others with information and guidance and increasing their access to training resources.

    Implementation Team Members

    OSHA:

    Earl Hicks
    Office of Outreach Services and Alliances (OOSA)
    Jess McCluer
    OOSA
    Danezza Quintero
    Office of Construction Services

    IEC:

    Kent Davis
    Safety Committee
    Harvey Hammock
    Chairman, Safety Committee
    John Maserick
    Manager, Codes, Standards and Safety
    Billy Mathisen
    Industry Relations Manager
    Dennis Thomas
    Safety Committee
  3. Implementation Team Meetings

  4. September 29, 2004
    Meeting, IEC 47th Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN
    October 21, 2004
    Design for Safety Workgroup, Baltimore, MD
    November 8, 2004
    Fall Protection Workgroup, Washington, DC
    January 31, 2005
    Fall Protection Workgroup, Washington, DC
    February 1, 2005
    Design for Safety Workgroup, Washington, DC
    May 2, 2005
    Fall Protection Workgroup, Washington, DC
    May 3, 2005
    Design for Safety Workgroup, Washington, DC
    May 26, 2005
    Meeting, OSHA, Washington, DC
    July 19, 2005
    Design for Safety Workgroup, Washington, DC
    August 1, 2005
    Fall Protection Workgroup, Washington, DC
  5. Results

    1. Events and Products

    2. Outreach and Communication

      • Seek opportunities to jointly develop and disseminate information at conferences, events, and through print and electronic media, including links from OSHA's and IEC's Web sites.

      Products

      OSHA and IEC Alliance Web site

      OSHA is continuing to update the OSHA and IEC Web site that is posted on the Agency's Web page. It includes the OSHA and IEC agreement, renewal agreement, news releases, events and milestones and successes.

      IEC Web site (www.ieci.org)

      IEC is continuing to update the Safety-related links page on its Web page which includes links to the OSHA Web page, the Ergonomic eTool: Solutions for Electrical Contractors and OSHA's Spanish Compliance Assistance Resources.

      OSHA's Safety and Health Topics Pages

      The following Alliance implementation team member is continuing to participate, review and provide comments on the editorial board of the Electrical Contractors Safety and Health Topics Page:

      • John Masarick, Manager of Codes, Standards and Safety, IEC, Alexandria, VA

      The following Alliance implementation team member is continuing to participate, review and provide comments on the editorial board of the Electrical Safety and Health Topics Page:

      • John Masarick, Manager of Codes, Standards and Safety, IEC, Alexandria, VA

      The following IEC members are continuing to participate, review and provide comments on the editorial board of OSHA Ergonomic eTool: Solutions for Electrical Contractors:

      • Bob Leonhart, RISC Incorporated; Dallas, TX
      • Dominic Caminiti, Hatfield-Reynolds; Phoenix, AZ
      • Brian Roberts, CNA Insurance; Dallas, TX
      • Todd Hohn, CNA Insurance; Chicago, IL
      • Renee McDonough, IEC - Utah Chapter; Sandy, UT
      • Brad Stevens, Arco Electric; Sandy, UT

      Print and Electronic Media

      Articles on the OSHA and IEC Alliance have appeared in online publications, such as: Alliance Quarterly Review, IEC's Connection and Codes and Safety Newsletter. For more information on the articles, see the "Alliance Program Reach" table on pages 6-7.

      • Seek opportunities to speak, exhibit, or appear at conferences, local meetings, or other events.

      Safety Managers Training Course

      OSHA and IEC are continuing to develop a safety and health training course that focuses on educating supervisors/safety directors. The draft course is based on the OSHA 10-hour Construction training course and includes material from OSHA's Small Business Handbook. It is being designed to give electrical contractors an update on OSHA's general requirements for basic safety and health hazards. The course will be presented to IEC members during its National Convention and Electric Expo on October 5-8, 2005 in Baltimore, Maryland.

      Events

      47th Annual Conference and IEC Electric Expo 2004, September 30-October 2, 2004, Minneapolis, Minnesota

      Exhibiting
      Jess McCluer, Program Analyst, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, staffed an Alliance Program tabletop exhibit at the September 30-October 2, 2004, IEC 47th Annual Conference and Electric Expo 2004 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Alliance Program booth was next to IEC's exhibit booth in the Expo's Safety Zone. The Safety Zone displayed a banner developed by the OSHA-IEC Alliance implementation team, that read, "IEC/OSHA Alliance: Excellence in Job Safety and Health Programs."

      During the Expo, Mr. McCluer distributed copies of the OSHA-IEC Alliance Fact Sheet along with the Alliance Program brochure and Fall Protection in Construction to over 600 attendees.

      Speaking
      Danezza Quintero gave a presentation on fall protection with an emphasis on scaffolding, ladders and trips to over 150 attendees on October 2, 2004 at the IEC 47th Annual Conference.

      OSHA Alliance Program Construction Roundtable, Fall Protection and Design for Safety Workgroups

      On July 8, 2004, representatives from IEC participated in the Alliance Program's Construction Roundtable for construction-related national Alliances. The Fall Protection and Design for Safety workgroups were developed at the roundtable meeting.

        • Fall Protection Workgroup - The Fall Protection workgroup is developing a Fall Protection safety tip sheet for employers and employees that IEC will distribute at the IEC Annual National Convention and Electric Expo on October 5-8, 2005 in Baltimore, MD.
          • November 8, 2004 - IEC staff member, John Masarick and IEC member Dennis Thomas attended the workgroup meeting.

          • January 31, 2004 - Mr. Masarick and Mr. Thomas attended the workgroup meeting.

          • May 2, 2005 - Mr. Masarick attended the workgroup meeting.

        • Design for Safety Workgroup - The Design for Safety workgroup is developing a general PowerPoint® presentation on "Designing for Safety" along with a "Design for Safety" Web page.
          • October 21, 2004 - IEC members Dennis Thomas and Peter Bowers attended the workgroup meeting.

          • February 1, 2005 - Mr. Masarick and Mr. Thomas attended the workgroup meeting.

          • May 3, 2005 - Mr. Masarick attended the workgroup meeting.

          • July 19, 2005 - Mr. Masarick attended the workgroup meeting.

      • Promote and encourage IEC members' awareness of and participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Program, Consultation, SHARP. In addition, to act as mentors to IEC members that aspire to excellence in safety and health.

      OSHA's Regional and Area Offices and State Plan States

      In order to encourage IEC chapters to develop working relationships with OSHA's Regional and Area Offices and the State Plan States, IEC developed an information packet titled, "Road Map for Forming a Working Relationship with OSHA." The packet contains a step-by-step description of how to develop a relationship with an OSHA Regional or Area Office and State Plan State e.g. who to contact about particular topics along with a directory of OSHA's Regional and Area offices and the State Plan States.

      Voluntary Protection Program

      Four IEC members are participating in OSHA's Voluntary Protection Program Challenge pilot program.

    3. Executive Summary

    4. Through the Alliance Program, OSHA and IEC are continuing to work together to address important safety and health issues in the electrical contracting industry. The OSHA and IEC have developed a very productive working relationship through the Alliance implementation team. This positive relationship has led to the development of the many programs and projects that the team is currently working on or has produced. Some examples include:

      • Jess McCluer, Program Analyst, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, staffed an Alliance Program tabletop exhibit during the September 30-October 2, 2004, IEC 47th Annual Conference and Electric Expo 2004 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In addition, Danezza Quintero, Occupational Safety and Health Specialist, Office of Construction Services, gave a presentation on fall protection with an emphasis on scaffolding, ladders and trips to over 150 attendees.

      • IEC promoted the activities of the OSHA-IEC Alliance and compliance assistance programs through articles in its eNewsletter, IEC Connection. The articles focused on a number of topics such as the Compliance Assistance Web page update and the Alliance Quarterly Review.

      • IEC participates on the Alliance Program's Construction Roundtable Fall Protection and Design for Safety workgroups. The Fall Protection Workgroup is developing a Fall Protection safety tip sheet for employers and employees.

      • IEC members and staff serve on OSHA's Electrical Contractors Safety and Health Topics Page and Ergonomic eTool: Solutions for Electrical Contractors editorial boards.

      • The OSHA-IEC implementation team developed an information packet titled, "Road Map for Forming a Working Relationship with OSHA." The packet contains a step-by-step description of how to develop a relationship with an OSHA Regional or Area Office and State Plan State along with a directory of OSHA's Regional and Area offices and the State Plan States.

      Finally, OSHA and IEC are developing a training course that focuses on training supervisors/safety directors. The course is based on the OSHA 10-hour Construction training course and includes material from OSHA's Small Business Handbook. The course will be presented to IEC members during its 48th National Convention and Electric Expo on October 5-8, 2005 in Baltimore, Maryland.

    5. Alliance Program Reach

    6. Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
      IEC Web site - Safety-Related Links page 5,244
      OSHA and IEC Alliance Web page on OSHA's Web site 4,200
      Ergonomics eTool: Solutions for Electrical Contractors 16,796
      OSHA Electrical Safety and Health Topics page 68,711
      OSHA Assistance for the Electrical Industry Safety and Health Topics page 21,600
      July 26, 2005 1 "IEC Dallas Signs Alliance with OSHA," IEC Connection 4,000
      July 2005 - IEC Safety Newsletter

      "OSHA to Loan Free Training Videos"

      "Tips for Working in Hot Weather"
      "Fireworks Safety Pocket Card Now Available"

      "Design for Safety"

      "Pocket Guide for Construction Workers Available form OSHA"
      4,000
      May/June 2005 - "Today in OSHA," IEC Insights 7,000
      May 2005 - IEC Safety Newsletter

      "A Benefit of the OSHA Alliance"

      "Recent Updates to the OSHA Compliance Assistance Public page"
      4,000
      March 2005 - "Construction Alliance Meeting Focuses on Fall Protection and Designing for Safety," Alliance Quarterly Review 750
      February 2005 - IEC Safety Newsletter

      "OSHA's Alliance Program Continues to Expand"

      "OSHA Unveils Web-based Hispanic Compliance Assistance Tool "
      4,000
      January 2005 - "What is an e-Tool," IEC Safety Newsletter 4,000
      October 19, 2004 - "Safety, Training and Resource Web sites," IEC Connection 4,000
      September 30-October 2, 2004, 47th Annual Conference and IEC Electric Expo 2004, Minneapolis, Minnesota

      Alliance Program Exhibit
      600
      September 30-October 2, 2004, 47th Annual Conference and IEC Electric Expo 2004, Minneapolis, Minnesota

      Speaker: Danezza Quintero, Office of Construction Services, USDOL-OSHA
      150
      September 23, 2004 - "OSHA Alliance Quarterly Review," IEC Connection 4,000
      September 8, 2004 - "Compliance Assistance Web page Update," IEC Connection 4,000
      June 2004 - "Alliance Groups Display Safety Information, Present Product Demonstrations," Alliance Quarterly Review 750
      TOTAL 157,801
  6. Upcoming Milestones

  7. In the upcoming year, OSHA's and IEC's positive relationship, that was built through the Alliance Program, will continue to grow and the implementation team will undertake a number of activities and develop a number of products.

    IEC members and staff will continue to be members of the editorial boards for OSHA's Electrical and Electrical Contractors Safety and Health Topics Page and Ergonomic eTool: Solutions for Electrical Contractors. The IEC representatives will review and provide comments on the pages.

    Members of the association will continue to participate on the Alliance Program's Construction Roundtable Fall Protection and Design for Safety workgroups. The Fall Protection Workgroup is developing a Fall Protection Safety Tip Sheet for employers and employees that IEC will distribute at the IEC Annual National Convention and Electric Expo on October 5-8, 2005 in Baltimore, MD. In addition, IEC expressed interest in participating in the Alliance Program's Hazard Communication Roundtable for the hazard communication-related National Alliances. Roundtable members discussed how they can work together to identify outreach and compliance assistance projects they would be interested in working on together, during their February 15 and August 1, 2005 meetings.

    As a result of the OSHA-IEC Alliance, OSHA will participate in several activities at the IEC 48th National Convention and Electric Expo on October 5-8, 2005 in Baltimore, Maryland.

    The OSHA-IEC Alliance Program exhibit booth will be next to IEC's exhibit booth at the IEC 48th National Convention and Electric Expo on October 6, 2005. It will be located in a Safety Zone that will contain organizations that develop and offer safety programs and safety products. In addition, a banner will be displayed in the Expo's Safety Zone reading "IEC/OSHA Alliance: Excellence in Job Safety and Health Programs."

    Also, Danezza Quintero will be making five presentations on construction-related safety and health topics, including fall protection to electrical apprentices on October 6, 2005 at the IEC 48th National Convention and Electric Expo.

    OSHA and IEC will complete the development of a training course that focuses on educating supervisors/safety directors. The course is based on the OSHA 10-hour Construction training course and includes material from OSHA's Small Business Handbook. The course will be presented to IEC members during the IEC 48th National Convention and Electric Expo on October 5-6, 2005 in Baltimore, Maryland.

    Finally, IEC plans to promote OSHA compliance assistance materials and cooperative programs and the OSHA-IEC Alliance through the IEC Web page and articles in the eNewsletter, Connection and bi-monthly publication, Insights.


    Report prepared by: Jess McCluer, Alliance Coordinator, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, August 29, 2005.

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