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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, 2017, through May 30, 2018

    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 Memberships 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 Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Dissemination During this period, copies of the Industry Best Practices wallet card, developed by members of the OSHA Strategic Partnership with the Electrical, Transmission & Distribution (ET & D) Partnership, were shared with Alliance members.Construction, Fall Protection, Heat Illness prevention, Small Business, Temporary Workers and Young Workers1,600
    Dissemination On December 13, 2017, copies of the OSHA Safe & Sound Campaign pamphlet were shared with members of the Alliance group. Meeting participants included the following: trainers; workers; union representatives; trade group representatives; and employers.Construction, Fall Protection, Heat Illness prevention, Small Business, Temporary Workers, and Young Workers1,600
    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 and Safety and Health Programs200+
     

    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 Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number 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 Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Dissemination Speech/Presentation In August 2017, the Alliance was promoted to apprentice workers at the Substation Fundamental Training School, which was conducted by the Southeastern Line Constructors Apprenticeship & Training (SELCAT). Construction, Fall Protection, Heat Illness prevention, Small Business, Temporary Workers and Young Workers

    25

    Dissemination Speech/Presentation On 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 Workers

    20

    Dissemination Speech/Presentation In September 2017, the Alliance was promoted to apprentice workers at the Overhead Fundamental Training School, which was conducted by the Southeastern Line Constructors Apprenticeship & Training (SELCAT). Construction, Fall Protection, Heat Illness prevention, Small Business, Temporary Workers and Young Workers

    30

    Dissemination Speech/Presentation In October 2017, the Alliance was promoted to apprentice workers at the Overhead Fundamental Training School, which was conducted by the Southeastern Line Constructors Apprenticeship & Training (SELCAT). Construction, Fall Protection, Heat Illness prevention, Small Business, Temporary Workers and Young Workers

    32

    Dissemination Speech/Presentation In November 2017, the Alliance was promoted to apprentice workers at the Overhead Fundamental Training School, which was conducted by the Southeastern Line Constructors Apprenticeship & Training (SELCAT). Construction, Fall Protection, Heat Illness prevention, Small Business, Temporary Workers and Young Workers

    27

    Dissemination Speech/Presentation In November 2017, the Alliance was promoted to contractors during the Southeastern Line Constructor Chapter (SCLL), National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) Annual Membership Meeting. Construction, Fall Protection, Heat Illness prevention, Small Business, Temporary Workers and Young Workers

    20

    Other/Speech/Presentation 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 Workers

    20

    Dissemination Speech/Presentation In January and February 2017, members of the Alliance group distributed information about the Alliance during Service Electric's Annual Safety Training Conference. Construction, Fall Protection, Heat Illness prevention, Small Business, Temporary Workers and Young Workers

    900

    Dissemination Speech/Presentation In February 2018, the Alliance was promoted to apprentice workers at the Overhead Fundamental Training School, which was conducted by the Southeastern Line Constructors Apprenticeship & Training (SELCAT). Construction, Fall Protection, Heat Illness prevention, Small Business, Temporary Workers and Young Workers

    30

    Dissemination Speech/Presentation In February 2018, the Alliance was promoted to members of Service Electric. Service Electric was represented at the meeting by employees, as well as supervisors, supervisors and managers with the company. Construction, Fall Protection, Temporary Workers, Young Workers, as well as Safety and Health Programs

    65

    Dissemination Speech/Presentation In March 2018, the Alliance was promoted to apprentice workers at the Overhead Fundamental Training School, which was conducted by the Southeastern Line Constructors Apprenticeship & Training (SELCAT). Construction, Fall Protection, Heat Illness prevention, Small Business, Temporary Workers and Young Workers

    30

    Dissemination Speech/Presentation In April 2018, the Alliance was promoted to apprentice workers at the Overhead Fundamental Training School, which was conducted by the Southeastern Line Constructors Apprenticeship & Training (SELCAT). Construction, Fall Protection, Heat Illness prevention, Small Business, Temporary Workers and Young Workers

    30

    Dissemination Speech/Presentation In April 2018, the Alliance was promoted to apprentice workers at the Combined Substation and URD Fundamental Training School, which was conducted by the Southeastern Line Constructors Apprenticeship & Training (SELCAT). Construction, Fall Protection, Heat Illness prevention, Small Business, Temporary Workers and Young Workers

    35

  4. Evaluation

    N/A

  5. Upcoming Milestones in FY 2018 - FY 2019

    • The Alliance group will continue to promote an effectively safety culture to employers in the electrical, transmission and distribution (ET&D) industry.
    • Continue to encourage Alliance participants to support OSHA safety and health campaigns including the following: National Fall Prevention; Heat Illness Prevention, as well as 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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