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



  1. Alliance Background: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Electric Power Associations of Mississippi (EPA of MS) Alliance was formed to provide EPA of MS members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees’ health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to electrical transmission and distribution equipment hazards.

  2. Date Signed: May 23, 2003

    Overview: This alliance was established to foster a collaborative relationship between OSHA and EPA of MS focused on reducing and preventing exposure to electrical transmission and distribution equipment hazards.

    Implementation Team Membership:

    Representatives from OSHA and EPA of MS

    Contributors: Same as above.

    Evaluation Period: April 13, 2004, through May 16, 2005

  3. Implementation Team Meetings:

    Meeting held on a quarterly basis

    Training and Education FY 2004

    Presented "So You Want to Be a Lineman" to the following Associations:
      - Central Electric Power Association
      - Yazoo Valley Electric Power Association
      - East Mississippi Electric Power Association
    Basic Transformer Banking, Sponsored by Coast Electric Power Association

    MS Gulf Coast Community College Apprentice Electric Lineman School

    Basic Lineman School

    Advance Lineman School. Postponed due to hurricanes

    Outreach and Communication FY 2004

    Share information on best practices

        Testing of Rubber Gloves every 60 days.
        Mount strobe lights fleet vehicles in order to increase visibility.
        Certified Loss Control Representatives
        Each system performs outreach to the community (Coast Electric & Four County have developed training trailers to be used for live demonstrations)
      Distribute Struck By CD

      Distribute Photo Archive CD (update)

      Distribute Recordkeeping CD

      Top Gun Lineman Rodeo CD

      Several articles in the Today in Mississippi official publication of the Electric Power Associations of Mississippi
    Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health FY 2004

    Coast Electric EPA has expressed an interest in becoming a VPP site. Major obstacle is majority of work performed offsite as part of a mobile workforce

    Representatives promote their good working relationship with OSHA at national safety coordinators meetings

  4. Events and Products

    Full Time Safety Coordinator Round Table

    Annual Safety Coordinators Conference

    Yazoo Valley Electric Power Association sponsored Top Gun Lineman Rodeo

  5. Results

    Refer to the events above

  6. Upcoming Milestones in FY 2005

      Arboriculture Seminar 7/27/05
      Alliance renewal – Date Pending