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Through the OSHA and NUCA Alliance, the organizations will work together to provide NUCA's members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety. The Alliance focuses on reducing and preventing exposure to underground utility construction hazards associated with trenching and excavation, tunneling, and confined space entry. The agreement's goals include:

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.
  • 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.
Outreach and communication:
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.
Promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
  • 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.
(L to R) NUCA President, William Bowman and OSHA's then-Assistant Secretary, John Henshaw sign national Alliance on December 6, 2004.

(L to R) NUCA President, William Bowman and OSHA's then-Assistant Secretary, John Henshaw sign national Alliance on December 6, 2004.

Related Documents

Alliance Agreements
Alliance Annual Reports
Alliance News Releases

Activities and Events

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

Products and Resources

Alliance Program Participant Developed Products
  • 10 Hour Construction Outreach Training Program focusing on Trenching and Excavation. The 10 Hour Construction Outreach Training Program focusing on Trenching and Excavation is a product of the OSHA and National Utility Contractors Association Alliance. Representatives from the association worked with OSHA to develop a program that emphasizes hazard identification, avoidance, and control - not standards for workers performing trenching and excavation.
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