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ALLIANCE ANNUAL REPORT
Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the
Independent Electrical Contractors, Inc. (IEC)
August 29, 2005
I. Alliance Background
August 30, 2002
April 5, 2004
August 30, 2004 - August 29, 2005
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
II. Implementation Team Meetings
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:
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.
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.
47th Annual Conference and IEC Electric Expo 2004, September 30-October 2, 2004, Minneapolis, Minnesota
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.
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.
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. B. Executive Summary
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:
C. Alliance Program Reach
IV. Upcoming Milestones
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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