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U.S. Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Atlanta Regional Office
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Atlanta, Georgia 30303
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Region IV Alliance Annual Status Report
June 11, 2018


  1. Alliance Background

    1. Date Signed:

      September 26, 2003

      Renewal Dates:

      December 20, 2006; July 1, 2011; April 11, 2014; and December 13, 2016

    2. Evaluation Period:

      May 31, 2016, through May 30, 2017

    3. Overview:

      The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Southeastern Line Constructors Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (SLCC/NECA), the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) 5th and tenth districts, and the Southeastern Line Constructors Apprenticeship and Training (SELCAT) work cooperatively to provide workers 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

    4. Implementation Team Membership and Contributors:

      OSHA
      Atlanta Regional Office, Atlanta-East Area Office and Atlanta-West Area Office

      Alliance Participants
      SLCC/NECA, IBEW, and SELCAT

  2. Implementation Team Membership and Contributors:

    Representatives from OSHA, SLCC/NECA, IBEW, and SELCAT communicated regarding the Alliance during the following periods:

    • August 31, 2017 (formal meeting)
    • October 3, 2017 (formal meeting)
    • November 27, 2017 (Met with Georgia Tech Onsite Consultation Program)
    • December 13, 2017 (formal meeting)

    Alliance meetings were conducted in-person and by telephone. The Alliance coordinators from each group maintained regular contact throughout the reporting period to monitor the Alliance's progress and results.

  3. Results

    The following table summarizes the Alliance's activities in support of the goals in the Alliance agreement.

    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 convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on electrical injury and illnesses and common safety hazards in order to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.
    Activity TypeActivity Name/SummaryOSHA Areas of Emphasis SupportedNumber Reached
    Dissemination During this period, copies of the Best Practices wallet card were provided to Alliance group members. The Best Practices wallet card was developed by OSHA's National ET & D Partnership. Construction, Fall Protection, Heat Illness prevention, Small Business, Temporary Workers and Young Workers1,600
    Speech/PresentationOn August 31, 2017, representative from the OSHA Atlanta Regional Office led the group in a discussion regarding the new OSHA rule for enhanced injury and illness reporting. Construction, Fall Protection, Heat Illness prevention, Small Business, Temporary Workers and Young Workers20
    Other On November 27, 2017, Alliance group members met with members of the Georgia Tech Onsite Consultation Program, to discuss various methods to survey the Alliance's impact on the safety culture of workers in the industry. Construction, Fall Protection, Heat Illness prevention, Small Business, Temporary Workers and Young Workers20
     

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

    • To develop effective training and education programs for workers in the electrical utility industry regarding hazard recognition, safety and health management systems (SHMS) and health hazards, and to communicate such information to constituent employers and workers.
    • To deliver or arrange for the delivery of courses regarding fatal accidents in the electrical utility industry, including improper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), failure to maintain a safe distance, and failure to utilize proper equipotential grounding techniques. The Alliance participants will ensure that experienced workers, as well as, inexperienced workers, including, but not limited to apprentices lineman will receive training.
    Activity TypeActivity Name/SummaryOSHA Areas of Emphasis SupportedNumber Reached
    Training During this period, SELCAT continued its efforts to provide workers with effective training and education programs focusing on electrical utility industry issues, as well as safety and health. Course topics included the following:
    • OSHA 10-hour training course
    • First-Aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation(CPR)
    • Pole Top and Bucket Truck Rescue
    • Transformer Safety Courses 1 & 2
    Construction, Fall Protection, Heat Illness prevention, Small Business, Temporary Workers and Young Workers

    100+

     

    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 IBEW's, SELCAT's and the SLCC/NECA's Web sites) to employers and workers in the industry.
    • To speak, exhibit, or attend the IBEW Fifth and Tenth Districts Annual Progress Meetings, Outside Apprenticeship Conference, IBEW Fifth District Construction Organizing Summit, SELCAT and SLCC/NECA Membership Meetings, local labor meetings, training sessions, or other events.
    • To share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding IBEW's, SELCAT's, and SLCC/NECA's best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by IBEW, SELCAT, and SLCC/NECA and through OSHA or IBEW, SELCAT, and SLCC/NECA developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars and lectures (or any other applicable forum) developed by the participants.
    Activity TypeActivity Name/SummaryOSHA Areas of Emphasis SupportedNumber Reached
    Dissemination During this period, the following OSHA safety and health stand-down events were promoted to the Alliance group:
    • The OSHA National Fall Safety Stand-down conducted May 7 – 11, 2018
    • The OSHA Safe & Sound Campaign conducted August 13 – 19, 2018
    Construction, Fall Protection, Heat Illness prevention, Small Business, Temporary Workers and Young Workers

    200+

    Dissemination During an Alliance meeting, group members were provided with copies of the OSHA Safe & Sound Campaign pamphlet. These group members included trainers, workers, and union representatives, trade group representatives, as well as employer representatives.Construction, Fall Protection, Heat Illness prevention, Small Business, Temporary Workers and Young Workers

    1,600

  4. Evaluation

    N/A

  5. Upcoming Milestones in FY 2018 - 2019

    • The Alliance group will continue to support the development of an effective safety culture within the electrical power transmission and service industry.
    • Continue to encourage Alliance participants to support OSHA safety and health campaigns including the National Fall Prevention, Heat Illness Prevention and the Safe & Sound Campaign.
    • Continue to encourage interested State Plan Programs to support and participate in the Alliance.

Report Prepared by: Tom Bosley, Regional Alliance Coordinator

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