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December 15, 2010 - Implementation Team Meeting
May 2, 2011 - Implementation Team Meeting
August 17, 2011 - Implementation Team Meeting
In addition to these formal meetings, the Alliance coordinators from both groups maintained regular contact throughout the reporting period to monitor the Program's progress and results.
Outreach and Communication
IEC Subpart S-Electrical Standard Fact Sheet
IEC revised the Fact Sheet based on updated information supplied by OSHA.
240/120 Volt Single Phase Electrical Work Safety Program
Through the OSHA and IEC Alliance, IEC completed a 240/120 Volt Single Phase Electrical Work Safety Program, which addresses issues associated with energized electrical work ("hot work") in residential applications such as testing, hazard control and engineering controls. The completed Program is linked to from the IEC Safety Web page and the OSHA and IEC Alliance Web page on the Agency's Web site.
OSHA and IEC Alliance Web Page
OSHA is continuing to update the OSHA and IEC Alliance Web page that is posted on the OSHA Web site. The page includes the OSHA and IEC Alliance agreement, renewal agreements, annual reports, news releases, information on activities and events, and links to resources developed by IEC through the Alliance Program. During the reporting period additional safety and health information were added to the Web page such as:
IEC continues to maintain a Safety-related links page on its Web site. It provides information about the OSHA and IEC Alliance and links to the OSHA Web site, including the 240/120 Volt Single-Phase Electrical â€“ Work Safety Program and 29 CFR 1910 Electrical Standard Subpart S Fact Sheet. In addition, the page contains links to safety and health related information such as:
The following IEC representatives are continuing to participate on the OSHA Electrical Contractors Industry Safety and Health Topics page's editorial board:
The following IEC representatives are continuing to participate on the OSHA Electrical Safety and Health Topics page's editorial board:
The following OSHA representatives are continuing to participate on the OSHA Ergonomics eTool: Solutions for Electrical Contractors' editorial board:
Articles on the OSHA and IEC Alliance have appeared in IEC publications such as IEC Connection, IEC Codes and Safety Newsletter, and Insight magazine. For example in the May/June 2011 edition of Insight magazine, IEC presented a special series section that included the following articles on safety:
Yvonne Gonzalez, Area Director, Region IX, Phoenix Area Office, USDOL-OSHA; Robert Kelly, Compliance Safety and Health Officer (CSHO), Region IX, Phoenix Area Office, USDOL-OSHA; and Robert Scoglio, CSHO, Region IX, Phoenix Area Office, USDOL-OSHA, staffed the IEC Safety Zone Exhibit at the 53rd Annual IEC National Convention and Electric Expo in Phoenix, Arizona. In addition, Danezza Quintero, Safety and Occupational Health Specialist, Office of Construction Services, Directorate of Construction, USDOL-OSHA, delivered the "Fall Protection" presentation to 160 attendees. Lastly, OSHA Region IX representatives attended the Basic Safety Training Classes on various topics, including fall protection and arc flash.
IEC 2011 Legislative Fly-In, May 2-3, 2011, Washington, DC
Mike Buchet, DOC, delivered a regulatory update at the IEC 2011 Legislative Fly-In on May 2, 2012, in Washington, DC. In addition, Danezza Quintero, DOC, provided the IEC Safety Committee with an update on upcoming Agency rules in regards to electrical safety and procedures.
IEC continued to deliver the Arc Flash Safety presentation that was developed through the OSHA and IEC Alliance regarding the updates made to 29 CFR 1910 Subpart S-Electrical Standard. The presentation focuses on topics such as hot work and arc flash. During the reporting period, the presentation was delivered to more than 1,800 people through a number of training sessions at IEC member and non-member companies. In addition, the presentation is posted on IEC's Safety-related links Web page and linked to from the OSHA and IEC Alliance Web page and the Alliance Program Participants Developed Products page on the OSHA Web site.
John Masarick continues to participate as a Challenge Program Administrator. Five IEC members continue to participate in the OSHA Challenge Program.
IEC created a packet of information about OSHA cooperative programs and compliance assistance resources, including the OSHA and IEC Alliance Activities Summary and the Small Business Handbook. IEC distributed the packets to both potential and new IEC members.
On February 17, 2011 John Masarick and representatives from 12 additional Alliances participated in the Alliance Program Construction Roundtable at the Department of labor in Washington, DC. During the meeting, the group discussed common construction-related interests and further refined the promising project ideas developed at the July 2011 Alliance Program Construction Roundtable. The group received regulatory and compliance assistance updates from OSHA staff, as well as updates on the completed Safety Tips Sheets on strains/sprains and material handling. 2011 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week, May 1-7, 2011, Washington, DC.
The IEC and a number of other Alliance Program participants supported 2011 NAOSH Week. Sponsored annually by the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), an Alliance Program participant, and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering, the Week focuses on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses in the workplace. The theme for 2011 was "Celebrating a Century of Safety." To help support the Week, IEC disseminated information about 2011 NAOSH Week to their membership and linked the IEC Alliance Web page to the 2011 NAOSH Web page on the ASSE Website. In addition, IEC provided safety and health information/materials that were included in the packets that were distributed to the attendees.
The following OSHA Regional and Area Offices and IEC Chapter Alliances were signed or were in effect during the reporting period: OSHA Region VI Dallas, Texas Area Office and the IEC Dallas Chapter Alliance
State of Maryland, Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, Maryland Occupational Safety and Health and the IEC Chesapeake Chapter Alliance
Through the Alliance Program, OSHA and IEC are continuing to work together to develop products and resources to protect electrical contractors employees from exposure to falls, arc flash hazards and motor vehicle 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. For example:
Through the OSHA and IEC Alliance, IEC plans to develop compliance assistance resources with input and participation from industry and OSHA representatives. In addition, IEC will continue participate in the OSHA Alliance Program Construction Roundtable. IEC representatives will also continue to serve on the editorial boards for OSHA's Electrical and Electrical Contractors Safety and Health Topics pages' and Ergonomics eTool: Solutions for Electrical Contractors and will review and provide comments on the resources. IEC will continue to promote OSHA compliance assistance materials and cooperative programs and the OSHA and IEC Alliance through the IEC Web site and articles in its monthly publication Insights and its eNewsletters, Connection and Safety and Codes. Further, IEC will include OSHA publications and the OSHA and IEC Alliance Activities Summary in membership packets for new members. OSHA will promote in the Alliance Quarterly Review the products IEC promotes through the Alliance. IEC will support and promote the 2012 NAOSH Week and OSHA's Distracted Driving Initiative. In addition, OSHA will participate in the 54th Annual IEC National Convention and Electric Expo, October 11-14, 2011, in Louisville, Kentucky.
Report prepared by: Bill Willson, Program Analyst, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, September 9, 2011.