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I. Alliance Background

Date Signed

December 6, 2004

Evaluation Period

December 6, 2004 – December 5, 2005

Overview

Through the OSHA and NUCA Alliance, the organizations are working together to provide NUCA's members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources to protect employees’ health and safety. The Alliance is focusing on reducing and preventing exposure to underground utility construction hazards associated with trenching and excavation, tunneling, and confined space entry.

Implementation Team Members

OSHA:
Steve Cloutier*
Jess McCluer
Office of Construction Services
Office of Outreach Services and Alliances


NUCA
LD Alexander
George Kennedy
Alex Parras
Mike Smith
George Strudwick
Chairman, NUCA Safety Committee
Vice President, Safety
Safety Committee
Safety Committee
Chairman, Safety Education and Training Subcommittee

*Member of the Implementation Team until November 2005

II. Implementation Team Meetings

January 24, 2005
May 17, 2005
Kick-off Meeting, OSHA, Washington, DC
Meeting, Sheraton National Hotel, Arlington, VA

III. Results

  1. Events and Products

    Training and Education

    • Deliver or arrange for the delivery of NUCA training programs (e.g. Excavation Safety, Competent Person and Confined Space) to OSHA staff, including those offered in Spanish.

      The OSHA and NUCA Alliance Implementation Team has not started work on programs or projects to address this goal.

    • Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop training and education programs on utility construction such as a 10-hour outreach program with emphasis on trench and excavation safety. NUCA will provide instructors as needed.

      Products

      Through the OSHA and NUCA Alliance, NUCA is developing an OSHA 10-hour Construction Industry Outreach Training Program focusing on trenching for employees and employers in the trenching and excavation industry.

    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 to employers and employees in the industry.

      Products

      OSHA and NUCA Alliance Web Site

      OSHA developed an OSHA and NUCA Alliance Web site that is posted on the Agency's Web page that includes the OSHA and NUCA Alliance agreement, news releases, and activities and events. This Web site is updated on a regular basis.

      NUCA Web site (www.nuca.com)

      The NUCA Web site includes a link to the OSHA and NUCA Alliance Web site.

      Trenching and Excavation Safety and Health Topics Page

      The following NUCA staff is participating on the editorial board of OSHA’s Trenching and Excavation Safety and Health Topics page:

      • George Kennedy, NUCA, Vice President, Safety; Arlington, VA

      Publications and Newsletters

      Information and news releases on the OSHA and NUCA Alliance signing and the activities of the Alliance have appeared in publications such as BNA Occupational Safety and Health Reporter and OSHAInstitute. For more information on the articles, see the "Alliance Program Reach" table.

    • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA’s and NUCA’s conferences and events such as NUCA’s EXPO, Safety Directors Forum and Institute for Leadership Development training sessions.

      The OSHA and NUCA Alliance Implementation Team has not started work on programs or projects to address this goal.

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

      The OSHA and NUCA Alliance Implementation Team has not started work on programs or projects to address this goal.

    • Work with OSHA to provide expertise to create a trenching and excavations and a confined spaces compliance assistance information card and fact sheet in both English and Spanish.

      The OSHA and NUCA Alliance Implementation Team has not started work on programs or projects to address this goal.

    • Encourage NUCA’s members to act as mentors to utility contractors who need guidance and assistance with safety and health issues to improve safety performance within the underground utility industry.

      The OSHA and NUCA Alliance Implementation Team has not started work on programs or projects to address this goal.

    • Encourage NUCA members to build relationships with OSHA’s Regional and Area Offices, State Plan States and Consultation Projects to address health and safety issues associated with trenching and excavation, tunneling, and confined space entry.

      The OSHA and NUCA Alliance Implementation Team has not started work on programs or projects to address this goal.

    Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health

    • Raise underground utility construction safety awareness of industry hazards such as trenching and excavation, tunneling, and confined space entry and commitment to workplace safety and health whenever NUCA’s leaders address groups such as local chapter meetings.

      The OSHA and NUCA Alliance Implementation Team has not started work on programs or projects to address this goal.

    • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on underground utility construction hazards associated with trenching and excavation, tunneling, and confined space entry to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace.

      Events

      Carolina Association of General Contractors 75th Statewide Safety Conference, May 5, 2005, Greensboro, North Carolina

      Steve Cloutier, Senior Occupational Safety and Health Specialist, Directorate of Construction, USDOL-OSHA, updated over 85 attendees on OSHA's Alliance Program, in particular the OSHA-NUCA Alliance at the Carolina Association of General Contractors 75th Statewide Safety Conference on May 5, 2005 in Greensboro, North Carolina.

  2. Executive Summary
  3. In December 2004, OSHA and NUCA formed a national Alliance to protect construction employees’ health and safety, particularly in reducing exposure to underground utility construction hazards associated with trenching and excavation, tunneling, and confined space entry. Through the Alliance, construction industry employees have had the opportunity to hear from OSHA’s national staff about the activities of the NUCA Alliance. For example:

    • Steve Cloutier, Senior Occupational Safety and Health Specialist, Directorate of Construction, USDOL-OSHA, updated over 85 attendees on OSHA's Alliance Program, in particular the OSHA-NUCA Alliance at the Carolina Association of General Contractors 75th Statewide Safety Conference on May 5, 2005 in Greensboro, North Carolina.
    OSHA created an OSHA - NUCA Alliance Web page on OSHA’s Web site. The Web page includes links to the OSHA and NUCA Alliance agreement, OSHA news releases, a photograph of the signing ceremony, activities and events, products and resources, and activities and events. NUCA included a link to the OSHA-NUCA Alliance Web Site on the NUCA Web page. In addition, information about the OSHA – NUCA Alliance also appeared in print and online articles.

    A representative from NUCA’s staff serves on OSHA’s Trenching and Excavation Safety and Health Topics editorial board. Finally, NUCA is in the process of developing an OSHA 10-hour Construction Industry Outreach Training Program focusing on trenching for employers and employees in the trenching and excavation industry.

  4. Alliance Program Reach
Type of Activity
(Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.)
Number of Individuals
Reached or Trained
OSHA and NUCA Alliance Web page on OSHA’s Web site 3,059
NUCA Web site – Link to Alliance Agreement Data Not Available
OSHA Trenching and Excavation Safety and Health Topics page 32,829
January 2005 – "OSHA Forms Alliance with National Utility Contractors Association," (Labor-Management Construction Safety Alliance, http://www.constructionsafetyalliance.org) Data Not Available
December 15, 2004 – "NUCA Signs Alliance with OSHA," BNA Occupational Safety and Health Reporter Data Not Available
December 15, 2004 – OSHA includes information on the OSHA/NUCA Alliance signing in its bi-weekly e-newsletter; QuickTakes 38,000
December 10, 2004 – "NUCA Forms Alliance with OSHA," WM Environmental Insights, http://www.wh-m.com) Data Not Available
December 9, 2004 – "National Utility Contractors Association Allies with OSHA," OSHAInstitute, (www.oshainstitute.com) Data Not Available
December 7, 2004 – "NUCA Signs Alliance with OSHA," FacilitySafety Management, (http://www.fsmmag.com) Data Not Available
December 6, 2004 –" National Utility Contractors Association Allies with OSHA," Nations Building News Online (http://www.nahb.org) Data Not Available
December 6, 2004 – "OSHA Forms Alliance With the National Utility Contractors Association; Will Focus on Hazards of Trenching and Excavation, Confined Spaces," National Utility Contractors Association, (http://www.nuca.com) Data Not Available
December 6, 2004 – "OSHA Forms Alliance with the National Utility Contractors Association," OSHA press release announcing Alliance 25 News Services
TOTAL 73,888

IV. Upcoming Milestones

NUCA staff will continue to be members of OSHA’s Trenching and Excavation editorial board and review and provide comments on the page. NUCA will also work with OSHA to develop an OSHA 10-hour Construction Industry Outreach Training Program focusing on trenching for employers and employees in the trenching and excavation industry.

In addition, the implementation team will continue discussions regarding the future of the OSHA and NUCA Alliance and potential collaborative activities.


Report prepared by: Jess McCluer, Alliance Coordinator, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, December 28, 2005