Alliance -- An OSHA Cooperative Program<< Back to Region V


  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed:

    January 6, 2009

    Alliance Overview

    The Illinois OSHA offices, JULIE and Illinois Onsite Consultation worked together to provide training and education for underground and trenching contractors, subcontractors and labor groups on excavation hazards and related regulations.

    Implementation Team Members

    The Implementation Team Members included the Illinois OSHA office’s Compliance Assistance Specialists, representatives from the Illinois Onsite Consultation program and JULIE representatives.

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    On February 18, 2011, an implementation meeting was held with the Central Illinois Damage Prevention Manager and the Peoria Compliance Assistance Specialist. The two agreed that they would work together to ensure updated safety and health information was developed for the Northern Illinois Pipeline Association breakfast meetings the following year. Since JULIE was no longer organizing the meetings, both OSHA and JULIE determined that they would look for opportunities to work together throughout the year and at the Northern Illinois Pipeline Association breakfasts if they continued.

  3. Activities and Products

    Evaluation Period

    The evaluation period was from January 6, 2011, to January 26, 2012.

    Alliance Activity

    An implementation team had previously developed an excavation permit and help sheets with some excavation related information. The excavation permit was made available on the JULIE website.

    Pipeline Safety Breakfasts were scheduled in the winter months throughout Illinois and OSHA representatives were provided a free booth and presented information to the participants.

    Alliance Products.

    An implementation team developed an excavation permit and help sheets with some excavation related information that was shared with the participants at the breakfasts.

    An excavation safety article was posted on the JULIE website and along with the excavation permit.

  4. Results

    1. Impact of the Alliance activities and products

      The alliance has strengthened the understanding of both JULIE representatives and OSHA compliance personnel of the rules related to each party. The alliance allowed the Agency to share its excavation standard requirements with excavators that are difficult to reach throughout Illinois. JULIE has made the excavation permit and related information available on their website. The Illinois OSHA Area Offices and JULIE have made a consistent effort to ensure the contractors receive useful safety related information in an efficient and effective manner.

    2. Activity and the number of individuals reached or trained.

      Hundreds of the Excavation Permits were passed out during conferences, training sessions and downloaded from illinois1call.com. The document helps excavators understand and meet the OSHA requirements.

      The OSHA representatives manned a booth, answered questions, provided help sheets at each of the Northern Illinois Pipeline Association breakfast meetings listed below. The Joint Utility Locating Information for Excavators Damage Prevention Managers provided a presentation at each breakfast meeting. The Compliance Assistance Specialists developed PowerPoint slides that were presented by the Damage Prevention Managers or an OSHA Representative at each meeting. The presentation addressed OSHA's National Emphasis Program on trenching, OSHA violations and the Severe Violators Enforcement Program. Handout information included help sheets on soil testing methods and soil classification, cranes, lead, respiratory protection, booklets on protecting work zones and the excavation permit developed as part of the alliance.

    Training Sessions
    Date Topic Participants
      2/15/2011     Brian Bothast provided a presentation at the Northern Illinois Pipeline Association breakfast meeting.  Brian also manned an OSHA booth and answered technical questions for participants in Urbana, Illinois.  110  
      2/18/2011   Brian Bothast provided a training session at the Northern Illinois Pipeline Association breakfast meeting, manned a booth, and answered technical questions for participants in East Peoria, Illinois. 120  
    1/10/2012   Brian Bothast provided a training session at the Northern Illinois Pipeline Association breakfast meeting in Springfield, Illinois.  80  
    1/12/2012   Brian Bothast provided a training session at the Northern Illinois Pipeline Association breakfast meeting in Champaign, Illinois. 99  
    1/17/2012   Steve Geiler manned an OSHA booth at the Northern Illinois Pipeline Association breakfast meeting in Bloomington, Illinois.  52  
    1/18/2012   Trish Rankin manned an OSHA booth at the Northern Illinois Pipeline Association breakfast meeting in Peoria, Illinois.  136  
    1/19/2012   Brian Bothast provided a training session at the Northern Illinois Pipeline Association breakfast meeting in Moline, Illinois. 106  
    1/24/2012   Bill Coulehan provided information at the Northern Illinois Pipeline Association breakfast meeting in Joliet, Illinois. 148  
    1/25/2012   Bill Coulehan provided information at the Northern Illinois Pipeline Association breakfast meeting in Kankakee, Illinois. 90  
    1/26/2012   Brian Bothast provided a training session at the Northern Illinois Pipeline Association breakfast meeting in LaSalle, Illinois. 95  
      Total participation   1036

  5. Upcoming Milestones

    Even though the alliance is completed, OSHA and JULIE expect to continue to work together with the Illinois Pipeline Association to share technical safety and health information.

    Attached below is the Excavation Permit developed during the alliance and the additional technical information.

Report prepared by: Brian Bothast