The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor
Atlanta-East Area Office,
Atlanta Electrical Contractors Association (AECA),
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
(IBEW Local 613),
The Atlanta Electrical Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (AEJATC)
Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI)
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Atlanta East and Atlanta East Area Offices, as well as the Atlanta Electrical Contractors Association (AECA) a division of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW Local 613), the Atlanta Electrical Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (AEJATC) and the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) (henceforth “OSHA and the AECA Alliance” or the “Participants”) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. To that end, OSHA and the AECA Alliance hereby form this Alliance to provide AECA Alliance members, as well as others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers, particularly by reducing and preventing exposure to hazards unique to the Electrical industry, and to understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act).
This agreement provides a framework and objectives for the Alliance's activities. Alliance participants will summarize specific activities and timeframes for completion in a written work plan.
Through the Alliance, the organizations will use relevant injury, illness and hazard exposure data when appropriate to help identify areas of emphasis for Alliance awareness, outreach, and communication activities. The Alliance will also explore and implement selected options to evaluate the effectiveness of the Alliance and measure the impact of its overall effort on improving workplace safety for employers and workers. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and AECA Alliance recognize that OSHA's State Plan and On-site Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort, and that information about the products and activities of the Alliance may be shared with these partners for the advancement of common goals.
Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following objectives related to raising awareness of OSHA's rulemaking and enforcement initiatives:
- To share information on OSHA's National/Regional/Local Emphasis Programs, Regulatory Agenda, and opportunities to participate in the rulemaking process.
- To share information on occupational safety and health laws and standards, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers.
- To convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on electrical safety and health issues to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.
Training and Education
The Alliance Participants intend to work together towards the following training and education objectives:
- To develop training and education programs for electrical workers regarding hazards unique to the Electrical industry, and to communicate such information to constituents, employers and workers.
- To develop effective training and education programs for electrical workers to promote understanding of workers' rights, including the use of the OSHA complaint process, and the responsibilities of employers to communicate such information to workers.
- To deliver or arrange for the delivery of electrical safety and health training courses for small businesses in the electrical industry.
Outreach and Communication
The Alliance Participants intend to work together towards the following outreach and communication objectives:
- To develop information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to develop ways of communicating such information (e.g., print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools, and OSHA's and the AECA's Web sites) to employers and workers in the industry.
- To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or AECA conferences, local meetings, or other Local 613 events.
- To share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding AECA Alliance good practices or effective approaches through training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum) developed by the Participants.
- To work with other Alliance Participants on specific issues and projects concerning the Electrical industry that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.
- To develop and disseminate case studies on hazards unique to the Electrical industry and publicize their results.
OSHA's Alliances provide parties an opportunity to participate in a voluntary cooperative relationship with OSHA for purposes such as raising awareness of OSHA's rulemaking and enforcement initiatives, training and education, and outreach and communication. These Alliances have proved to be valuable tools for both OSHA and its Alliance participants. By entering into an Alliance with a party, OSHA is not endorsing or promoting, nor does it intend to endorse or promote, any of that party's products or services.
An implementation team made up of representatives of each organization will meet to develop a work plan, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the participants. In addition, they will meet at least two times per year to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance. OSHA team members will include representatives of the OSHA Atlanta East and Atlanta West Area Offices and any other appropriate offices. OSHA will encourage State Plan States and OSHA On-site Consultation Projects participation on the team.
This agreement will remain in effect for two years. Any signatory may terminate it for any reason at any time, provided they give 30 days written notice. This agreement may be modified at any time with the written concurrence of all signatories.
Signed this 10th day of December, 2015
- David M. Sokolow
- Executive Vice President
- Atlanta Electrical Contractors Association
- William C. Fulcher, Area Director
- Atlanta-East Area Office
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration
- Craig Wilkerson
- Asst. Business Manager
- IBEW, Local 613
- Christi Griffin, Area Director
- Atlanta-West AO
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration
- Danny Bowman
- Assistant Director
- Atlanta Electrical
- Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee
- Daniel Ortiz
- Division Chief/ Program Manager
- Georgia Tech Research Institute
- Occupational Safety and Health Division