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ALLIANCE ANNUAL REPORT

Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the
Independent Electrical Contractors, Inc. (IEC)
October 16, 2006


  1. Alliance Background

  2. Date Signed

    August 30, 2002

    Date Renewed

    April 5, 2004

    Evaluation Period

    August 30, 2005 - August 29, 2006

    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:

    Tom Alexander
    Safety Committee
    David Bombaugh
    Safety Committee
    Bruce Bowman
    Safety Committee
    Kent Davis
    Safety Committee
    Marve Feucht
    Safety Committee
    Harvey Hammock
    Chairman, Safety Committee
    Rob Heineman
    Safety Committee
    Bill Jenkins
    Safety Committee
    Harry Lieben
    Safety Committee
    John Maserick
    Manager, Codes, Standards and Safety
    Dennis Thomas
    Safety Committee

    Contributors:

    George Washburn
    Contractor for OSHA, Salt Lake Technical Center (SLTC)
  3. Implementation Team Meetings

  4. October 24, 2005
    Meeting, OSHA, Washington, DC
    January 31, 2006
    Design for Safety and Fall Protection Workgroups, Washington, DC
    February 15, 2006
    Meeting, OSHA, Washington, DC
    March 13, 2006
    Meeting, IEC Safety Committee Meeting, Washington, DC
    April 17, 2006
    Design for Safety Workgroup, Washington, DC
    May 17, 2006
    Fall Protection Workgroup, Washington, DC
    June 14, 2006
    Teleconference, Ergonomics eTool: Solutions for Electrical Contractors - Prefabrication and Repair and Installation Modules
    August 14, 2006
    Meeting, OSHA, 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 page

      OSHA is continuing to update the OSHA and IEC Web page that is posted on the Agency's Web site. The page includes the OSHA and IEC Alliance 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. It includes links to OSHA's Web site, Ergonomic eTool: Solutions for Electrical Contractors, Spanish Compliance Assistance Resources Web page and Compliance Assistance Quick Start: Construction.

      OSHA's Safety and Health Topics Pages

      The following OSHA and IEC Alliance implementation team member is continuing to participate on the OSHA Electrical Contractors Safety and Health Topics page's editorial board:

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

      The following OSHA and IEC Alliance implementation team member is continuing to participate on the OSHA Electrical Safety and Health Topics page's editorial board:

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

      OSHA's eTools and Safety and Health Topics pages

      The following OSHA and IEC Alliance implementation team members are continuing to participate on the OSHA Ergonomic eTool: Solutions for Electrical Contractors' editorial board:

      • 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

      Prefabrication and Installation and Repair Modules for the OSHA Ergonomic eTool: Solutions for Electrical Contractors

      Through the OSHA and IEC Alliance, IEC members and staff are reviewing and providing comments on the draft Prefabrication and Installation and Repair modules for OSHA's Ergonomic eTool: Solutions for Electrical Contractors. The eTool is scheduled to be completed by early 2007.

      Underground Users Module for the OSHA Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution eTool

      IEC members and staff are reviewing and providing comments on the draft Underground Users Module for the OSHA Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution eTool.

      "Making the Business Case for Safety and Health" Safety and Health Topics page

      Through the Alliance, IEC representatives provided input and expertise to assist OSHA with the development of its "Making the Business Case for Safety and Health" Safety and Health Topics page. IEC provided feedback on the draft page during a July 17, 2006, conference call with other Alliance Program participants and also provided comments by e-mail after the call. The Topics page will be launched on the agency's Web site by October 2006.

      Print and Electronic Media

      Articles on the OSHA and IEC Alliance have appeared in the organizations publications such as Connection and Codes and Safety and Alliance Quarterly Review. IEC's Codes and Safety newsletter included articles focusing on OSHA's cooperative programs and compliance assistance resources. In the December 2005 edition, the article, "More Hurricane Quick Cards and Fact Sheets" describes the OSHA Quick Cards and fact sheets available on the OSHA Hurricane Recovery Web page and the article "OSHA Compliance Assistance" published in May 2006 describes the compliance assistance resources on the OSHA Compliance Assistance Web page.

      For more information on the articles, see the "Alliance Program Reach" table.

      CFR 29 1910 Subpart S-Electrical Standard Training Program

      The OSHA and IEC implementation team developed a PowerPoint® presentation to inform IEC members about the updates made to CFR 29 1910 Subpart S-Electrical Standard. The presentation focuses on topics such as hot work and arc flash and was delivered to more than 300 people during several training sessions at IEC member companies such as Fox Systems and non-members including Mohawk and Mohawk Home.

      Job Site Safety Handbook

      Danezza Quintero reviewed and provided comments on the Spanish-version of IEC's Job Site Safety Handbook. The handbook provides safety reminders for electricians on topics such as lockout/tagout, ladders, material safety data sheets, personal protective equipment and scaffolds and is expected to be completed by Fall 2006.

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

      Events

      National Safety Council's 2005 Congress & Expo, "Construction Related Safety and Health Training" Workshop, September 22, 2005, Orlando, FL

      On September 22, 2005, Lee Anne Jillings, Director, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, USDOL-OSHA; John Masarick, Manager of Codes, Standards and Safety, IEC and representatives from both the OSHA and Modular Building Industry (MBI) Alliance and the OSHA and National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Alliance spoke to 20 attendees about training products developed through the Alliance Program in a workshop, "Construction Related Safety and Health Training," during the National Safety Council's Congress & Expo, September 17-23, 2005 in Orlando, Florida.

      48th Annual Conference and IEC Electric Expo 2005, October 5-8, 2005, Baltimore, Maryland

      Exhibiting

      Earl Hicks, Program Analyst, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, Virginia Anklin, Maryland Onsite Consultation Program and John McFee, OSHA Region III, Philadelphia Area Office staffed an Alliance Program tabletop exhibit at the October 5-8, 2005, IEC 48th Annual Conference and Electric Expo 2005 in Baltimore, Maryland. 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, the OSHA representatives distributed OSHA compliance assistance materials including the OSHA and IEC Alliance Activities Summary and the Alliance Program brochure and answered questions from conference participants.

      Speaking

      On October 6, 2006, Danezza Quintero gave five presentations on fall protection with an emphasis on scaffolding, ladders and trips to over 100 attendees on October 6, 2005 at the IEC 48th Annual Conference.

      On October 5, 2006, Kent Davis and Danezza Quintero taught a modified version of the OSHA 10 Hour Construction Outreach Training program that focused on small businesses and included material from OSHA's Small Business Handbook to 12 attendees during the IEC 48th Annual Conference.

      Textile Rental Services Association of America Government Affairs Conference, May 15, 2006, Washington, DC

      On May 15, 2006, Lisa Ramber, Alliance Team Leader, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, USDOL-OSHA and John Masarick, Manager of Codes, Standards and Safety, IEC spoke to 35 attendees about the OSHA Alliance Program and the OSHA and IEC Alliance during the Textile Rental Services Association of America's Government Affairs Conference, May 15, 2006 in Washington, DC.

      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 Design for Safety and Fall Protection Workgroups were developed at the Roundtable meeting.

      • Design for Safety Workgroup - IEC is participating on the Design for Safety Workgroup and helped develop a general PowerPoint® presentation, "Designing for Safety," and a "Design for Construction Safety" Web page. The Workgroup is also developing a 2-4 Hour Design for Safety Training Course and an OSHA 10 Hour Outreach Training Program for engineers.

      • Fall Protection Workgroup - IEC is participating on the Fall Protection Workgroup and helped develop Fall Protection Safety Tips Sheets for Employers and Employees. The tips sheets were posted on IEC's Web page in December 2006. A link to the sheets was also posted on the OSHA and IEC Alliance Web page on OSHA's Web site.

      • The Workgroup also provided comments on the "Fall Hazard Awareness for the Construction Industry" training course, developed by OSHA's Office of Training and Education. The training program is designed for construction industry audiences including small business owners, trainers, foreman and workers.

    3. 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.

    4. OSHA and IEC Regional, Area Office and State Plan State Alliances

      IEC of Greater Cincinnati and OSHA Region V Cincinnati Area Office signed an Alliance May 18, 2006. The Alliance focuses on reducing and preventing exposure to electrical hazards.

      The IEC Dallas Chapter is continuing to work with the OSHA Region VI Dallas Area Office through the Alliance signed on July 19, 2005 to address electrical, fall, confined space entry, toxic substance(s), and struck-by hazards.

      The IEC Chesapeake Chapter is continuing to work with the State of Maryland, Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, Maryland Occupational Safety and Health, through the Alliance signed on July 8, 2004. The Alliance focuses on reducing and preventing exposure to electrical hazards.

      Voluntary Protection Programs

      IEC continues to participate as an Administrator while four IEC members continue to participate in OSHA's Voluntary Protection Program Challenge pilot program.

    5. Executive Summary

    6. Through the Alliance Program, OSHA and IEC are continuing to work together to develop products in order to protect electrical contractors employees from exposure to falls, rear-end auto collisions and material-handling hazards. This positive relationship has led to the development of the many programs and projects that the team is currently working on or has produced. This positive relationship has led to the development of products that the team is sharing with the public. For example:

      • The OSHA and IEC implementation team developed a PowerPoint® presentation about the updates made to the CFR 29 1910 Subpart S-Electrical Standard. The presentation focus on topics such as hot work and arc flash.

      In addition, OSHA and IEC representatives are sharing their expertise through participation on OSHA's electronic assistance tools' editorial boards and speaking and exhibiting opportunities. For example:

      • IEC members and staff serve on OSHA's Electrical Safety and Health Topics page, Electrical Contractors Safety and Health Topics page and Ergonomic eTool: Solutions for Electrical Contractors editorial boards. In addition, they are reviewing and providing comments on the draft Prefabrication and Installation and Repair modules for the OSHA Ergonomic eTool: Solutions for Electrical Contractors, the draft Underground Users Module for the OSHA Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution eTool and the draft "Making the Business Case for Safety and Health" Safety and Health Topics page.

      • Lee Anne Jillings, Director, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, USDOL-OSHA; John Masarick, Manager of Codes, Standards and Safety, IEC and representatives from both the OSHA and MBI and NAHB Alliances spoke to 20 attendees about training products developed through the Alliance Program with other Construction-related Alliances during the National Safety Council's 2005 Congress & Expo.

      • Earl Hicks, Program Analyst, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, Virginia Anklin, Maryland Onsite Consultation Program and John McFee, OSHA Region III, Philadelphia Area Office staffed an Alliance Program tabletop exhibit during the October 5-8, IEC 48th Annual Conference and Electric Expo 2005 in Baltimore, Maryland. 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 100 attendees. Finally, Kent Davis and Danezza Quintero taught a modified version of the OSHA 10 Hour Construction Outreach Training program that focuses on small businesses to12 attendees.

      • IEC has representatives on the Design for Safety and Fall Protection Workgroups that were created at the July 8, 2004 OSHA Alliance Program Construction Roundtable meeting.

      • IEC promoted the activities of the OSHA and IEC Alliance and OSHA's compliance assistance resources and cooperative programs through articles in its publications, Connection and Codes & Safety. The articles focused on a number of topics such as the OSHA Alliance Program and OSHA's Hurricane Recovery and Compliance Assistance Web pages.

      IEC's chapters have also recognized the value of signing Alliances with OSHA's Regional and Area Offices and State Plan States. For example, during the reporting period, IEC of Greater Cincinnati and the OSHA Region V Cincinnati Area Office signed an Alliance on May 18, 2006 that focuses on reducing and preventing exposure to electrical hazards. As a result of the Alliance related successes, IEC is working with OSHA to renew the Alliance agreement.

    7. Alliance Program Reach

    8. Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
      IEC Web site - Safety-Related Links page 21,575
      OSHA and IEC Alliance Web page on OSHA's Web site 5,738
      Ergonomics eTool: Solutions for Electrical Contractors 20,089
      OSHA Electrical Safety and Health Topics page 89,078
      OSHA Assistance for the Electrical Contractors Industry Safety and Health Topics page 25,401
      CFR 29 1910 Subpart S-Electrical Standard Training Program 331
      September 2005 - "Alliances Contribute to Development of New Safety Information Products," Alliance Quarterly Review 300
      September 22, 2005 - National Safety Council's 2005 Congress & Expo, Orlando, Florida

      Speakers: Lee Anne Jillings, Director, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, USDOL-OSHA and John Masarick, Manager of Codes, Standards and Safety, IEC
      20
      October 5-8, 2005, 48th Annual Conference and IEC Electric Expo 2005, Baltimore, Maryland

      Alliance Program Exhibit
      35
      October 5, 2005, 48th Annual Conference and IEC Electric Expo 2005, Baltimore, Maryland

      Speakers: Kent Davis, IEC and Danezza Quintero, Office of Construction Services, USDOL-OSHA
      12
      October 6, 2005, 48th Annual Conference and IEC Electric Expo 2005, Baltimore, Maryland

      Speaker: Danezza Quintero, Office of Construction Services, USDOL-OSHA
      100
      November 2005 - "Safety Training Provided at IEC National Convention" and "Alliance Contributes New Safety Products," Codes & Safety 3,600
      December 2005 - "IEC/OSHA Alliance Produce Safety Tips You Can Use," Codes & Safety 3,600
      December 2005 - "NSC Congresses, Expo Provide Safety Showcase" and "OSHA/IEC Alliance - Power Show' Exhibit Addresses Worker Safety," Alliance Quarterly Review 300
      March 2006 - "Workgroups Develop Design for Safety and Fall Protection Information Projects," Alliance Quarterly Review 300
      April 4, 2006 - "NAOSH Week Kicks Off May 1," Connection 3,600
      May 2006 - "IEC of Greater Cincinnati and OSHA Sign Alliance Agreement to Ensure Worker Safety," Connection 3,600
      May 2006 - "IEC Joins Alliance Workgroups to Develop 'Design for Safety' and 'Fall Protection' Products," Codes & Safety 3,600
      May 18, 2006 - "IEC of Greater Cincinnati and OSHA Sign Alliance Agreement To Ensure Worker Safety," IEC news release announcing Alliance signing 3,700
      June 2006 - "IEC Cincinnati & OSHA Sign Worker Safety Agreement," EPC Magazine Data Not Available
      June 2006 - "IEC of Greater Cincinnati & OSHA Sign Alliance," Codes & Safety 3,600
      TOTAL 188,279
  6. Upcoming Milestones

  7. The OSHA and IEC Alliance Implementation Team has discussed a number of activities that will be undertaken in the upcoming year. In addition, The organizations will sign an OSHA and IEC Alliance renewal agreement.

    Through the Alliance, IEC will develop fleet safety pocket cards similar to Construction Vehicle and Service Vehicle Safety Cards developed by the OSHA and Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Association, Inc. (SMACNA) Alliance, which the association will share with OSHA for feedback. SMACNA's vehicle safety cards include pre-use inspection checklists and photos and graphics on how to safely operate construction and service vehicles.

    IEC remains committed to working with OSHA and other Alliance Program participants to develop compliance assistance information and products for Agency staff and employers and employees in the construction industry. The organization will continue to attend meetings of the Design for Safety and Fall Protection Workgroups that were established at the OSHA Alliance Program Construction Roundtable.

    IEC staff and members will continue to serve on OSHA's Electrical and Electrical Contractors Safety and Health Topics page's and Ergonomic eTool: Solutions for Electrical Contractors editorial boards and will review and provide comments on the resources. In addition, the implementation team will continue to develop the Prefabrication and Installation and Repair modules for the OSHA Ergonomic eTool: Solutions for Electrical Contractors, the Underground Users Module for the OSHA Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution eTool and the draft "Making the Business Case for Safety and Health" Safety and Health Topics page.

    IEC has invited OSHA Region VIII federal, state plan state and onsite consultation program representatives to attend the Basic Safety Training classes on topics such as fall protection and arc flash at the 49th Annual IEC National Convention and Electric Expo, September 27-30, 2006, Denver, CO.

    IEC plans to continue to promote OSHA compliance assistance materials and cooperative programs and the OSHA and IEC Alliance through the IEC Web page and articles in their monthly publication Insights and their eNewsletters, Connection and Safety and Codes. Further, IEC will include OSHA publications and the Alliance Activity Summary sheet in membership packets for new members.

    In addition, OSHA will promote the products the Alliance produces in the Alliance Quarterly Review. The Agency will also send information on the products to OSHA's Regional, Area Office, Onsite Consultation Program and State Plan State representatives.


    Report prepared by: Jess McCluer, Alliance Coordinator, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, October 16, 2006.

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