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ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
and Independent Electrical Contractors, Inc. (IEC)

May 12, 2016

I. Alliance Background

  1. Date Signed

    August 30, 2002

  2. Dates Renewed

    April 5, 2004
    October 30, 2006
    December 8, 2008
    December 7, 2015

    Evaluation Period

    August 30, 2011 – August 29, 2015

  3. Overview

    Through the Alliance, OSHA and IEC 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 electrical hazards.

  4. Implementation Team Members

    OSHA

       
    Danezza QuinteroOffice of Construction Services (OCS), Directorate of Construction (DOC)
    Bill WillsonOffice of Outreach Services and Alliances (OOSA), Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs (DCSP)

    IEC

    Tom AlexanderSafety Committee
    Chuck BelvealSafety Committee
    Joe BookerSafety Committee
    Bruce BowmanSafety Committee
    Tom DomitrovichEaton Corporation
    Michael FarringtonSafety Committee
    David JohnsonSafety Committee
    John Masarick Director of Workforce Development
    Harvey Hammock Chair, Safety Committee
    Aaron KockCNA Insurance
    Joe MartinSafety Committee
    Maureen ParkinSafety Committee
    Marc RamirezSafety Committee
    Brian RobertsSafety Committee
    John TaylorElectrical Energy Systems Corporation
    Jaime L. Villarreal FSG Electric
    Philip Willson  IEC

II. Implementation Team Meetings

  • September 20, 2011
  • February 1, 2012
  • April 23, 2012
  • June 25, 2012
  • November 14, 2012
  • February 20, 2013
  • May 6, 2013
  • September 24, 2013
  • May 20, 2014

In addition to these formal meetings, the Alliance coordinators from both groups maintained regular contact throughout the reporting period to monitor the Alliance’s progress and results.

III. Results

The following table summarizes the Alliance’s activities in support of the goals in the Alliance agreements for the timeframe of this report.

Products:To develop information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to communicate such information to employers and workers in the industry.

Activity Type

Activity Name/Summary

OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported

Number Reached

2013 Products

NFPA 70E Electrical Safety Presentation (Updated 2013, July).

Construction

Not available

 

Outreach and Communication: Raise Awareness of relevant OSHA rulemakings, enforcement initiatives, and outreach campaigns (including the Fall Prevention and Heat Illness Prevention campaigns) as appropriate.

Activity Type

Activity Name/Summary

OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported

Number Reached

Dissemination

IEC helped to promote the 2014 and 2015 Fall Stand-Downs and the ongoing Heat Illness Prevention campaign. Activities include:

  • Posting information about these campaigns on IEC’s website.
  • Publishing an article in the May 2014 issue of Insight magazine by Kimberly Darby from OSHA’s Office of Communications entitled “Using Fall Protection Helps Save Lives.”

Construction, Fall-Prevention.

Not available

Dissemination

Via its website, IEC helped to promote awareness of OSHA’s revised reporting requirements which went into effect January 1, 2015.

Recordkeeping and Reporting

Not available

Dissemination

IEC published an article in the May 2014 issue of Insight magazine by John Dreesen entitled “What OSHA Has in Store for the Construction Industry”, which highlighted OSHA’s rulemaking efforts regarding recordkeeping and crystalline silica and outreach/enforcement efforts to protect temporary workers and cell tower workers.

Construction

Not available

 

Outreach and Communication: Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA’s or IEC’s conferences, local meetings or events.

Event

IEC supported North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.

 

Not available

Event

IEC National Convention & Electric Expo: OSHA staff attended or presented at this annual conference in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.

 

Not available

Event

IEC Legislative Conference (now Policy Conference):
OSHA staff attended or presented to the IEC Safety Committee during these conferences in 2013, 2014, and 2015.

 

Not available

Event

John Masarick represents IEC on OSHA’s Alliance Program Construction Roundtable and attended several meetings during the evaluation period.

 

Not available

 

TOTAL

 

 

Not available

IV. Upcoming Milestones

The IEC and OSHA Alliance was renewed in December 2015, and IEC and OSHA continue to collaborate in promoting the safety of electrical contractors. In the next evaluation period, OSHA and IEC will determine field training needs and initiate development of training for OSHA, state program, and Consultation staff on electrical hazards and requirements of NFPA 70E: Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace.  IEC will also provide OSHA with opportunities to attend, present, and/or exhibit at IEC’s National Convention and Policy Conferences, and will help disseminate information regarding OSHA’s rulemaking, enforcement, and outreach initiatives, including the Fall Prevention and Heat Illness prevention campaigns.

Report prepared by: Christina Morgan, Safety and Occupational Health Specialist, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, May 12, 2016

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