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ALLIANCE ANNUAL REPORT

ELECTRIC POWER ASSOCIATIONS OF MISSISSIPPI

August 9, 2008

U.S. Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Jackson Area Office
3780 I-55 North, Suite 210
Jackson, MS 39211-6323
(601) 965-4606; Fax (601) 965-4610

  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed:

    Originally signed May 23, 2003

    Renewed June 27, 2005

    Overview: Alliance focused on establishing a collaborative relationship between OSHA and Electric Power Associations of Mississippi, which will reduce and prevent employee exposure to electrical transmission and distribution equipment hazards.

    Implementation Team Membership:

    Representatives from OSHA and Electric Power Associations of Mississippi

    Contributors: Same as above

    Evaluation Period: August 4, 2007, through August 5, 2008

     
  2. Implementation Team Meetings:

    Meeting held on a quarterly basis – 8/9/07, 9/19/07, 1/17/08, 4/08/08
     

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  4. Events and Products

    Training and Education

    Events
    • Electric Power Associations of Mississippi presents monthly safety programs for all members.
    • East Mississippi Community College Apprentice Electric Lineman School College.
    • Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Apprentice Electric Lineman School.
    • Electric Power Associations of Mississippi sponsored Basic Lineman School.
    • Electric Power Associations of Mississippi sponsored Advance Lineman School.
    Products
    • None
    Outreach and Communication

    Events
    • Articles were posted in the Today in Mississippi official publication of the Electric Power Associations of Mississippi, which focused on safety and health.
    • The OSHA Jackson Area Office CAS conducted safety and health presentations for association members, focused on the electrical industry.
    • Members of the Alliance shared information on best practices.
    • OSHA attended and participated in Annual Safety Coordinators Conference.
    • OSHA participated in the Arboriculture Seminar.
    Products
    • None
    Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health FY

    Events
    • OSHA participates in the Electric Utility Advisory Board, which oversees the new Electrical Utility Technology program at Pearl River Community College (PRCC).
    • New alliance signed with Pearl River Community College, focused on the prevention of safety and health hazards in the electrical transmission and distribution industry.
    • Representatives promote their good working relationship with OSHA at national safety coordinators meetings.
    • OSHA participated in the Full Time Safety Coordinator Round Table Meeting.
    Products
    • None
       
  5. Results

    Refer to the events above.
     

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  7. Upcoming Milestones in FY 2009
    • Continued participation in the EPA-MS Alliance and the Pearl River Community College Alliance, which focused on the prevention of safety and health hazards in the electrical transmission and distribution industry.
    • Participation in the 2009 Arboriculture Seminar.
      Attend Lineman’s Rodeo.