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  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed

    August 30, 2002

    Dates Renewed

    April 5, 2004
    October 30, 2006
    December 8, 2008

    Evaluation Period

    August 30, 2010 - August 29, 2011

    Overview

    Through the Alliance, OSHA and IEC will work together to provide IEC members and others in the construction industry with information, guidance, and access to training resources that help them protect employees' health and safety particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to fall and arc flash hazards and addressing electrical and motor vehicle safety issues.

    Implementation Team Members

    OSHA:

    Danezza Quintero - Directorate of Construction (DOC), Office of Construction Services (OCS)
    Bill Willson - Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances

    IEC:

    Tom Alexander - Safety Committee
    Joe Booker Safety - Safety Committee
    Bruce Bowman - Safety Committee
    Tom Domitrovich - Safety Committee
    Michael Farrington - Safety Committee
    Harvey Hammock - Safety Committee Chairman
    David Johnson - Safety Committee
    Nancy Levey - Safety Committee
    Harry Lieben - Safety Committee
    Joe Martin - Safety Committee
    John Masarick - Director of Workforce Development, Codes & Safety
    Maureen Parkin - Safety Committee
    Marc Ramirez - Safety Committee
    Brian Roberts - Safety Committee
    Sheila Sperla - Safety Committee
    John Taylor - Safety Committee
    Jaime L. Villarreal - Safety Committee

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

  3. 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.

  4. Results

    1. Events and Products

    2. Outreach and Communication

      • Work with OSHA to provide expertise in developing information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to provide expertise in developing ways of communicating such information (e.g. print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools and OSHA's and IEC's Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.
      Products

      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:

      • 2011 NAOSH Week
      • 240/120 Volt Single-Phase Electrical – Work Safety Program
      • Updated 29 CFR 1910 Electrical Standard Subpart S Fact Sheet
      IEC Safety-Related Links Page

      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 – 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:

      • OSHA Tips for Working in Hot Weather
      • Safe Driving is Everyone's Business
      • Strains, Sprains and Material Handling Safety Tips for Employers
      • Monthly Toolbox Talks
      OSHA Electrical Contractors Industry Safety and Health Topics Page

      The following IEC representatives are continuing to participate on the OSHA Electrical Contractors Industry Safety and Health Topics page's editorial board:

      • Bruce Bowman, PE, Fox Systems, Inc., Calhoun, Georgia
      • John Masarick, Director of Workforce Development, Codes & Safety, IEC, Alexandria, Virginia
      OSHA Electrical Safety and Health Topics Page

      The following IEC representatives are continuing to participate on the OSHA Electrical Safety and Health Topics page's editorial board:

      • William Bruce Bowman, PE, Fox Systems, Inc., Calhoun, Georgia
      • John Masarick, Director of Workforce Development, Codes & Safety, IEC, Alexandria, Virginia
      OSHA Ergonomics eTool: Solutions for Electrical Contractors

      The following OSHA representatives are continuing to participate on the OSHA Ergonomics eTool: Solutions for Electrical Contractors' editorial board:

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

      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:

      • Top Ten OSHA Developments Affecting Employers
      • The Savings in Safety
      • Electrical Safety on the Cutting Edge
      • The Facts about Ventilated Electrical Equipment
      For more information about these articles, see the "Alliance Program Reach" table.

      • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA or IEC conferences, local meetings and other events such as IEC's National Convention and Electric Expo.
      53rd Annual IEC National Convention and Electric Expo 2010 Expo, October 26-29, 2010, Phoenix, Arizona

      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.

      • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by IEC and through OSHA- or IEC-developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum).
      Arc Flash Safety Presentation

      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.

      • Promote and encourage IEC members' participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Programs, and On-site Consultation and its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.
      OSHA Challenge Program Administrator

      John Masarick continues to participate as a Challenge Program Administrator. Five IEC members continue to participate in the OSHA Challenge Program.

      Informational Packets

      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.

      • Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects regarding falls, rear-end auto collisions, and material-handling hazards that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.
      OSHA Alliance Program Construction Roundtable, February 17, 2012, Department of Labor, Washington, DC

      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.

      • Encourage IEC's chapters to build relationships with OSHA's Regional and Area Offices to address health and safety issues, including, falls, rear-end auto collisions, and material-handling hazards.
      Regional Alliances

      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

    3. Executive Summary

    4. 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:

      • 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.
      • IEC delivered the Arc Flash Safety Presentation regarding the updates made to 29 CFR 1910 Subpart S-Electrical Standard that was developed through the OSHA and IEC Alliance to more than 1,800 people during a number of training sessions.
      • IEC representatives continue to participate in the OSHA Alliance Program Construction Roundtable.
      • IEC joined with other Alliance Program participants and OSHA to support 2011 NAOSH Week.
      • IEC promoted the activities of the OSHA and IEC Alliance and OSHA's compliance assistance resources and cooperative programs through articles in its publications Insights magazine, Connection and Codes & Safety.
      • The association's chapters are continuing to recognize the value of working together with OSHA through the Alliance Program and are implementing agreements with OSHA's Regions and Area Offices and State Plan States addressing a number of safety and health issues and hazards, including electrical, fall, confined space entry, toxic substance(s), and struck-by hazards.
      • An IEC representative serves as a Challenge Program Administrator.
      • OSHA representatives participated in the 53rd Annual IEC National Convention and Electric Expo 2010.
    5. Alliance Program Reach

    6. Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.)

      Number of Individuals Reached or Trained

      OSHA and IEC Alliance Web page on the OSHA Web site

      1,245

      OSHA Ergonomics eTool: Solutions for Electrical Contractors

      14,296

      OSHA Electrical Safety and Health Topics page

      15,057

      OSHA Assistance for the Electrical Contractors Industry Safety and Health Topics page

      7,148

      IEC Safety-Related Links page on the IEC Web site

      Data not Available

      Arc Flash Safety Presentation downloads from the IEC Safety-Related Links page

      1,800

      Arc Flash Safety Presentation taught by IEC presenters

      2500

      Arc Flash Safety Presentation downloads from the IEC Safety-Related Links page

      700

      IEC Update to 29 CFR 1910 Subpart S-Electrical Standard

      160

      October 26-29, 2010: 53rd Annual IEC National Convention and Electric Expo 2010 Expo, Phoenix, Arizona.
      OSHA Staff exhibited.

      20

      May/June 2011: "Electrical Safety on the Cutting Edges," IEC's Insights

      7,000

      May/June 2011: "The Facts about Ventilated Electrical Equipment," IEC's Insights

      7,000

      May/June 2011: "The Savings in Safety," IEC's Insights

      7,000

      May/June 2011: "Top Ten OSHA Developments Affecting Employers," IEC's Insights

      7,000

      TOTAL

      70,296

  5. Upcoming Milestones

  6. 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.