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ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT

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

August 30, 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, 2015 – August 29, 2016

  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      
    Christina MorganOffice of Outreach Services and Alliances (OOSA), Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs (DCSP)
    Danezza QuinteroOffice of Construction Services (OCS), Directorate of Construction (DOC)
    Bill WillsonOOSA, DCSP (through 12/31/2015)

    IEC

    Tom AlexanderSafety Committee
    Chuck BelvealSafety Committee
    Bruce BowmanSafety Committee
    Tom DomitrovichEaton Corporation
    John MasarickDirector of Workforce Development
    Harvey Hammock Chair, Safety Committee
    Marc RamirezSafety Committee
    Eric DeGesero  IEC
    Tom Domitrovich Eaton Corporation
    Mark Ellis  IEC
    Todd Hawkins  IEC
    Tom McAtee  IEC
    Jim Nasuta  IEC
    Frank Nerio  IEC
    Jack Otting  IEC
    Mike Raatliff  IEC
    Keith Shay  IEC
    Patricia Thomas  IEC

II. Implementation Team Meetings

No formal implementation meetings were held during the reporting period; however, the Alliance coordinators maintained contact via telephone and email. An implementation team meeting is also planned for September 2, 2016.

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.

Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives/Outreach and Communication: Share information on OSHA's National Emphasis Programs, Regulatory Agenda, and opportunities to participate in the rulemaking process, and disseminate information on occupational safety and health laws and standards, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers.

Activity Type

Activity Name/Summary

OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported

Number Reached

Presentation

On April 25, 2016, Danezza Quintero, Michael Buchet and Dayton Eckerson from OSHA's Directorate of Construction and David O'Connor from OSHA's Directorate of Standards and Guidance presented at IEC's National Policy Conference.

Construction

16

Dissemination

Throughout the reporting period, IEC distributed OSHA's bi-monthly QuickTakes newsletter to all members of its Safety Committee.

Construction

17

Dissemination

On May 31, 2016, IEC published an article on its blog regarding OSHA and the Department of Justice's agreement to collaborate in investigating and prosecuting worker endangerment violations.

9000

Dissemination

On June 1, 2016, IEC published an article on its blog entitled "What You Need to Know About OSHA's New Silica Rule" by Sid Holcomb in OSHA's Office of Communications.

Construction

9000

Dissemination

On June 3, 2016, IEC published an article on its blog regarding personal protective equipment and OSHA requirements.

Construction

9000

Presentation

On June 9, 2016, IEC sponsored a webinar entitled: "The New Silica Regulation and How It Will Affect You," which featured David O'Connor, Director of Office of Chemical Hazards – Nonmetals in OSHA's Directorate of Standards and Guidance.

Construction

150

Dissemination

On June 16, 2016, IEC sent an email blast distributing OSHA's June 16, 2016 news release on a July 13, 2016 meeting to discuss protecting workers performing tree care operations.

2500

Dissemination

On July 7, 2016, IEC sent two emails to its Safety Committee regarding OSHA's interim final rule adjusting civil penalty amounts to account for inflation.

2500

 

Outreach and Communication: Promote awareness of OSHA's Fall Prevention and Heat Campaigns and share information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, such as electrical shock and arc flash.

Activity Type

Activity Name/Summary

OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported

Number Reached

Dissemination

On August 2, 2016, IEC sent an email blast distributing OSHA's August 1, 2016 news release, "Worker falls 22 feet to death, 4 months after OSHA cites employer for failing to protect workers on the same job site Louisville employer faces $320K in fines for serial disregard of fall protection." The news release highlighted OSHA's Fall Prevention campaign.

2500

 

Outreach and Communication: Expand existing relationships between the IEC and OSHA's Regional and Area Offices to address health and safety issues, including the training of Agency staff and providing technical expertise when appropriate.


Training and Education: Provide for the delivery of at least four Best Practice Training Seminars annually to agency staff, focusing on topics such as NFPA 70E and the prevention of Arc Flash.

Activity Type

Activity Name/Summary

OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported

Number Reached

TBD

In the next reporting period, the alliance plans to work to expand relationships between IEC and OSHA Regional and Area Offices as well as the OSHA Training Institute. (See Section IV, Upcoming Milestones, for more information.)

 

N/A

 

Outreach and Communication: Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects such as construction safety, temporary worker protection, and any other issues that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program (e.g., participation in the OSHA Alliance Program Construction Roundtable, APCR).

Activity Type

Activity Name/Summary

OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported

Number Reached

Upcoming Event

Though unable to attend APCR meetings during the reporting period, IEC plans to attend the Fall 2016 APCR on September 15, 2016.

Construction

N/A

 

Training and Education: Develop materials and effective training aids that align with current regulatory information, interpretations, and enforcement initiatives, as well as promote an understanding of workers' rights and employer responsibilities outlined in the OSH Act.


Training and Education: Revise existing and develop new best practices for workplace safety and health management systems and other safety performance programs, as well as promote their adoption by independent electrical contractors.

Activity Type

Activity Name/Summary

OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported

Number Reached

During the reporting period, the alliance did not complete activities pertaining to this goal.

 

 

TOTAL

 

 

34,683

IV. Upcoming Milestones

In the upcoming year, the OSHA and IEC Alliance Implementation Team will continue to collaborate to promote electrical safety in the workplace. IEC will continue to disseminate information regarding OSHA rulemakings, enforcement initiatives, and outreach campaigns, as appropriate. In addition, IEC will explore possible opportunities to enhance electrical standards training provided to OSHA compliance officers through, for example, provision of seminars on NFPA 70E and/or hands-on training.

Report prepared by: Christina Morgan, Safety and Occupational Health Specialist, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances; August 30, 2016

Activity Types:

  • Alliance Product: Products (e.g., fact sheets, videos, toolbox talks) developed by Alliance participants as part of the Alliance. These are not OSHA products.
  • Dissemination: An Alliance participant sends OSHA information, Alliance products, or other safety and health information to its stakeholders. This includes information sent by email or social media (Facebook, Twitter), and information included in newsletters and other publications. It also includes hits on the Alliance participant's or OSHA's Web page.
  • Evaluation: Any efforts by the Alliance participant to evaluate the effectiveness of an Alliance activity or the Alliance as a whole.
  • Event: Participation in events such as the Construction Roundtable and NAOSH Week.
  • Exhibit: OSHA exhibits at events sponsored by the Alliance participant.
  • OSHA Product Review: Review of an OSHA product by an Alliance participant. For example, an Alliance participant may provide technical comments on an OSHA eTool or publication. The review itself is considered the Alliance activity.
  • Speech/Presentation: Speeches or presentation by OSHA staff at events sponsored by the Alliance participant.
  • Training: This includes best practice seminars or other training that Alliance participants provide for OSHA staff. It also includes training for workers/employers/others by Alliance participants.
  • Other: Use this if an activity does not fit into one of the other categories.

OSHA Areas of Emphasis:

  • Agriculture
  • Asian American/Pacific Islander Workers
  • Construction
  • Ergonomics
  • Fall Prevention
  • Hazard Communication/Chemicals
  • Health Care
  • Heat Illness Prevention
  • Hispanic/Latino Workers
  • Maritime
  • Oil and Gas
  • Small Business
  • Temporary Workers
  • Transportation
  • Young Workers
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