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ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT

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)
And the
Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI)

December 29, 2016


  1. Alliance Background

    A. Date Signed

    December 10, 2015

    B. Evaluation Period

    December 10, 2015, through December 9, 2016

    C. Overview

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Atlanta East and Atlanta West 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. OSHA and the AECA Alliance provide 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.

    D. Implementation Team Members:

    OSHA

    Representative from the OSHA Atlanta East and West Area Offices

    Alliance Participants

    Chuck Little, AECA
    Danny Bowman, AEJATC
    Craig Wilkerson, IBEW
    Daniel Ortiz, Georgia Tech Onsite Consultation Program

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    • June 17, 2016
    • September 27, 2016
    • December 6, 2016

    AECA brought its Safety Group together three times to discuss S&H issues during 2016 and to discuss training needs for our members. In addition to these formal meetings, the group communicated informally throughout the fiscal year.

  3. Results

    The following table summarizes the Alliance's activities in support of the goals in the Alliance agreement. Please note the following summary does not include all the Safety and health training conducted by the individual AECA members. This report merely reflects the training conducted onsite by the AECA, as well as the training conducted at the group’s Electrical Training Center.

  4. Raising Awareness of OSHA’s Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives: The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following goal 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.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Other On June 14, 2016, the Alliance group participated in the Construction Industry Symposium conducted by OSHA, the Georgia Tech Onsite Consultation Program and several construction companies. Approximately 60 employers and employee representatives attend this event, which focused on best practices in the construction industry. Hispanic/ Latino Workers; Fall Prevention, Worker Rights, Hazard Communication/ Chemicals, Heat Illness Prevention, Construction and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Impacted all 45 member companies/ 5,000+ employees

    Training and Education: The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following training and education goal:

    • 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.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Seminar During this period, the safety and health seminars, focused on the following topics, were conducted for Alliance members and others:
    • Fit for Duty
    • Quality Assurance – Quality Control
    Fall Prevention, Hazard Communication/ Chemicals, Heat Illness Prevention, Construction and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Impacted all 45 member companies/ 5,000+ employees
    Training During this period, the OSHA 10-hour safety and health course was conducted for students at the Apprenticeship school. Fall Prevention, Hazard Communication/ Chemicals, Heat Illness Prevention, Construction and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) 378 students were trained
    Training During this period, First Aid/ cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training was provided to students at the apprenticeship School Construction, Heat Illness Prevention and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) 400 students were trained
    Training During this period, the OSHA 30-hour safety and health course was conducted for students at the Apprenticeship school Fall Prevention, Hazard Communication/ Chemicals, Heat Illness Prevention, Construction and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) 39 students were trained
    Training During this period, the Electrical Safety- related work practices course was conducted for students at the Apprenticeship school Fall Prevention, Hazard Communication/ Chemicals, Heat Illness Prevention, Construction and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) 50 students were trained

    Outreach and Communication: The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:

    • 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.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Dissemination May 2nd through 6th, the Alliance group supported the OSHA National Fall Prevention Stand-down. The group also effectively promoted the event by distributing OSHA’s outreach material Fall Prevention and Construction Impacted all 45 member companies/ 5,000+ employees
    Dissemination During the period, the OSHA Alliance was effectively promoted to the group’s membership through the Electrical Training Center, as well as through direct communications with (the member’s) safety directors and coordinators. , we will continue to do training and educational programs for our electrical workers. Fall Prevention, Hazard Communication/ Chemicals, Heat Illness Prevention, Construction and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Impacted all 45 member companies/ 5,000+ employees
    Dissemination During this period, the Alliance group conducted a presentation for members focused on the following: Improving Construction Safety Construction, Fall Prevention and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Impacted all 45 member companies/ 5,000+ employees
  5. Evaluation

    N/A

  6. Upcoming Milestones in FY 2017

    • The AECA Alliance group will continue to work cooperatively with the OSHA Atlanta East and Atlanta West Area Office to effectively promote the following OSHA events:
      • OSHA Region IV – Landscaping Stand-down in April 2017
      • OSHA National Fall Prevention Stand-down in May 2017
      • OSHA Region IV – Heat Illness Prevention Stand-down in June 2017
    • OSHA and the AECA Alliance group continue to ensure that effective safety and health training is provided to students enrolled in the Apprenticeship School
    • OSHA will the AECA Alliance will work cooperatively to renew the agreement in FY 2017

Report Prepared by: Tom Bosley, Region IV Alliance Coordinator

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