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

I. Alliance Background

Date Signed

August 30, 2002

Date Renewed

April 5, 2004

Evaluation Period

August 30, 2003 - August 29, 2004

Overview

The 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  
Bill Brough
Bob Curtis
Jess McCluer
Danezza Quintero
Nilgun Tolek*
Salt Lake Technical Center (SLTC)
SLTC
Office of Outreach Services and Alliances (OOSA)
Office of Construction Services
OOSA
   
IEC  
Dominic Caminiti
Harvey Hammock
Carter Hicks
Tom Jones
Robert Leonhart
John Maserick
Dennis Thomas
Kim Tunze
Safety Committee
Chairman, Safety Committee
Safety Committee
Safety Committee
Safety Committee
Manager, Codes, Standards and Safety
Safety Committee
Safety Committee

* Nilgun Tolek was Alliance Coordinator until November 2003

II. Implementation Team Meetings
 
February 17, 2004
April 30, 2004
July 7, 2004
July 8, 2004
Meeting, OSHA, Washington, DC
Meeting, IEC Safety Committee, Washington, DC
Meeting, OSHA, Washington, DC
Construction Roundtable, OSHA, Washington, DC

III. Results
  1. Events and Products

    Outreach and Communication Goals

    • 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

      Electrical Contractors Safety and Health Topics Page and Ergonomic eTool: Solutions for Electrical Contractors Editorial Boards


      The Electrical Contractors Safety and Health Topics page and Ergonomic eTool: Solutions for Electrical Contractors are Web pages were developed through the OSHA and IEC Alliance and have been added to the OSHA Web site. The following IEC members serve on the tools' editorial boards:

      - Electrical Contractors Safety and Health Topics Page:

      • John Masarick, Manager of Codes, Standards and Safety, IEC, Alexandria, VA
      - Ergonomic eTool: Solutions for Electrical Contractors:

      • 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
      OSHA and IEC Webpage

      The IEC Webpage has a Safety-related links page which includes links to the Alliance Program Web page, the Electrical Contractors Safety and Health Topics page and the Ergonomic eTool: Solutions for Electrical Contractors Editorial Boards. Between both Webpages there were 87,000 Web visits. For more information on the number of hits to the IEC and OSHA Web pages, please see the Alliance Program Reach table on page 5.

      Print and Electronic Media

      Articles on the OSHA and IEC Alliance have appeared in a number of printed and online publications, including: IEC's Connection and Insights, OSHA's Press Releases and Alliance Quarterly Review and Quick Takes, BNA Occupational Health and Safety Reporter, Facility Safety Management, Industrial Safety and Hygiene News Online and US Newsletter. Over 69,000 individuals were reached through the publications. For more information on the articles, please see the Alliance Program Reach table.

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

      Meetings

      The OSHA and IEC Alliance was promoted at the following meeting:

      • Construction Roundtable: IEC participated in the Alliance Construction Roundtable for construction-related national Alliances on July 8, 2004. The Roundtable participants discussed how the construction-related national Alliances could work together to address issues such as ergonomics, silica and motor vehicle safety. IEC has representatives on the Fall protection and Design for Safety and Motor Vehicle Safety workgroups that were created at the meeting.
      Events

      Exhibiting


      The OSHA and IEC Alliance was promoted at the following event:

      • OSHA Compliance Assistance Training Sessions: John Masarick and Methi Abercrombie staffed an IEC exhibit at OSHA Compliance Assistance Training Sessions, June 14-18, 2004, in Falls Church, Virginia.
    • 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.

      • Five IEC members are participating in OSHA's Voluntary Protection Program Challenge pilot program.
  2. Executive Summary
     
    Through the Alliance Program, OSHA and IEC are working together to address important safety and health issues in the electrical contracting industry. The IEC Alliance is very successful and OSHA and IEC have developed a very productive working relationship through the Alliance Implementation Team. This positive relationship has led to the development of the many programs and projects that the team is currently working on or has produced. Some examples include the creation and posting of OSHA's Electrical Contractors Safety and Health Topics page and Ergonomic eTool: Solutions for Electrical Contractors along with IEC's participation at the Alliance Construction Roundtable.

    In its third year, OSHA and IEC committed to continuing the Alliance and signed an Alliance renewal agreement on April 5, 2004. In addition, IEC members are continuing to serve on the editorial boards for the Electrical Contractors Safety and Health Topics page and the Ergonomic eTool: Solutions for Electrical Contractors Editorial Boards. John Masarick and Methi Abercrombie, from IEC, also staffed an IEC exhibit at OSHA's Compliance Assistance Training Sessions, June 14-18, 2004, in Falls Church, Virginia.

    During 2004, IEC promoted the activities of the OSHA and IEC Alliance through articles in its monthly publications, IEC Connection and Insights. The articles in focused on a number of topics such as the Alliance renewal on April 5, 2004, OSHA's Compliance Assistance Training Sessions, the Alliance Construction Roundtable meeting and promoting the IEC/OSHA Safety Pavilion at the 47th Annual Conference and IEC Electric Expo 2004.

    IEC participated in the Alliance Construction Roundtable for construction-related National Alliances on July 8, 2004. The roundtable was designed for the construction-related National Alliances to discuss how they can work together to address issues such as ergonomics, silica and motor vehicle safety, which many of them are addressing individually through their Alliances. A number of work groups were developed during the roundtable. IEC members are participating in the Fall Protection, Design-for-Safety and Motor Vehicle Safety workgroups.

    Finally, the Implementation Team started developing an 8 Hour Safety Managers Workshop, for "Mom and Pop" businesses' supervisors/safety directors. The workshop is being designed to give electrical contractors an update on general OSHA requirements for basic safety and health issues.


  3. Alliance Program Reach
     
    Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
    IEC exhibit at OSHA Compliance Assistance Training Sessions, June 14-18, 2004, in Falls Church, VA 230
    IEC Web site - Safety-Related Links page 4,800
    IEC Safety Newsletters posted on OSHA's IEC Alliance Web page Data Not Available
    OSHA and IEC Alliance Web page on OSHA's Web site 4,649
    Ergonomics eTool: Solutions for Electrical Contractors 17,339 Web visits
    OSHA Assistance for the Electrical Industry Safety and Health Topics page 60,790 Web visits
    March 2, 2004 - "OSHA to Provide Training to IEC" IEC Connection 3,300
    March 30, 2004 - "IEC to Renew Alliance Agreement with OSHA," IEC Connection 3,300
    March 30, 2004 - "OSHA Alliance Meeting to be Held at Legislative Conference," IEC Connection 3,300
    April 5, 2004 - "OSHA, Independent Electrical Contractors Renew Alliance; Focus Continues on Reducing Fall and Material Handling Hazards and Auto Collisions," US Newswire Data Not Available
    April 5, 2004 - OSHA distributed a news release announcing the Alliance 25 News Services
    April 7, 2004 - "OSHA, Electrical Contractors Renew Alliance for Reducing Falls," Facility Safety Management Data Not Available
    April 8, 2004 - "OSHA, Electrical Contractors Renew Alliance" BNA Occupational Health and Safety Reporter Data Not Available
    April 9, 2004 - "OSHA Renews Alliance with Electrical Contractors," Industrial Safety and Hygiene News Online Data Not Available
    April 15, 2004 - OSHA includes information on the OSHA/IEC Alliance renewal in its bi-weekly e-newsletter; QuickTakes 50,000
    June 22, 2004 - "IEC Attends OSHA Training," IEC Connection 3,300
    June 22, 2004 - "IEC Invited to Construction Roundtable," IEC Connection 3,300
    July 13, 2004 - "Don't Miss the IEC/OSHA Safety Pavilion at this Year's Expo!," IEC Connection 3,300
    TOTAL 157,608

IV. Upcoming Milestones


In the upcoming year, OSHA's and IEC's positive relationship, that was built through the Alliance Program, will continue to grow and the Implementation Team will undertake a number of activities and develop a number of products. These activities will continue to have a positive impact on the Agency since they will help address important topics within the 2003-2008 Strategic Management Plan; including construction hazards (e.g. falls and transportation).

IEC is participating in the Fall Protection, Design-for-Safety and Motor Vehicle Safety workgroups that were created at the Alliance Construction Roundtable for National Alliances on July 8, 2004. IEC members would also like to work with OSHA and other Alliances to develop a Motor Vehicle Safety eTool.

The Implementation Team started developing and will complete several products and participate in several events within the next year. This includes the creation of a Safety Zone at the 47th Annual Conference and IEC Electric Expo 2004 on September 30-October 2, 2004 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The Safety Zone will contain organizations that develop and offer safety programs and safety products. Jess McCluer, Program Analyst, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, USDOL-OSHA will staff an exhibit booth next to IEC's exhibit booth on September 30 at the Expo. The Implementation Team has developed a display banner for the Expo's exhibit hall that will read "IEC/OSHA Alliance: Excellence in Job Safety and Health Programs."

Also, Danezza Quintero, Safety and Occupational Health Specialist, Office of Construction Services, USDOL-OSHA, has been invited to give a presentation focusing on fall protection with an emphasis on scaffolding, ladders and trips on October 2, 2004 at the IEC 47th Annual Conference.

Finally, the Implementation Team will complete the development of an 8 Hour Safety Managers Workshop for "Mom and Pop" businesses' supervisors/safety directors, that will give the attendees an update on general OSHA requirements for basic safety and health issues. The Implementation Team will have a meeting at IEC's 47th Annual Convention to further discuss the development of the course including the course outline, location and instructors.


Report prepared by: Jess McCluer, Alliance Coordinator, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, October 25, 2004.


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