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


I. Alliance Background

Date Signed:


September 26, 2003 and Renewed December 20, 2006

Overview:

OSHA, SLCC/NECA, IBEW, and 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.

II. Implementation Team Membership and Contributors:

Representatives from OSHA, SLCC/NECA, IBEW, and SELCAT conducted effective meetings on - December 20, 2006, January 16, 2007, April 20, 2007, October 18, 2007 and November 14, 2007.

Evaluation Period:

December 20, 2006, through December 19, 2007

III. Events and Products

Training and Education

Events

  • The development of training and education programs for employees focusing on safety and health issues related to the electrical utility industry is one of the goals of this agreement. A detailed list of the training courses conducted and the number of personnel trained are provided in the tables below. Course topics included grounding, OSHA 10-hour training course, supervisory training, OSHA Power Transmission and Distribution Standard and others. However, these tables only reflect the personnel trained by SELCAT.

Products

  • none

Outreach and Communication

Events

  • During the period from January 2007 through July 2007, a presentation on the Alliance was made to 88 apprentices attending the SELCAT FTS School.
  • Representatives promoted the Alliance during numerous speaking and exhibiting opportunities. Please refer to the second table listed below for additional details.

Products

  • In 2007, the Alliance document was posted on NECAs Website, to promote the cooperative agreement (www.slccneca.org). The Chapter Website also offers to the employees and member companies an opportunity to communicate near misses with other participants.
  • In 2007, a system was developed and implemented which enabled participating employers and workers to best practices
  • Developed and disseminated the Safety Alliance Update Quarterly Newsletter and Brochure to reach over 2,000 employees and companies. To date two newsletters have been issued to the target group for July 2007 and December 2007.

Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health
Events

  • In January 2007, Les Grove, Area Director, OSHA Region IV, Tampa, Florida, Area Office, and Steve Gaines participated in a panel discussion, gave presentations on the Alliance and answered participants' questions at the Outside Apprenticeship Conference in Orlando, Florida. Approximately 200 employers and employees attended this meeting.
  • In August 9-11, 2007, Bill Grimes, OSHA Region IV, Assistant Regional Administrator, Cooperative and State Programs, Atlanta, Georgia, and Steve Gaines gave a presentation on the OSHA and IBEW Alliance and the OSHA Strategic Partnership with the electrical industry at the Fifth District IBEW meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana. Approximately 170 Union Official and representative attended this meeting.

Products

  • none

IV. Results

The tables below reflect the training accomplished by SELCAT during 2007:

SELCAT Training in 2007
 
Course Apprentice Trained Journeymen Trained Total
OSHA 10-hour 101 65 215
First-Aid & CPR 167 60 278
Bucket Truck Rescue 72 8 84
Pole Top Rescue 72 8 80
Flagging 11 2 18
Transformers (saftey) 72 0 72
Total Trained 747
 
Alliance Outreach Impact
 
Organization/Group Impact
IBEW Members 2,000
IBEW Local's 100
NECA Contractors 100
SELCAT Apprentice 318
SELCAT Training 747
Fifth District Progress Meeting 170
Total Reached: 4,258

V. Upcoming Milestones in FY 2008

  • Continue to promote the Alliance near-miss and best practices reporting systems.
  • Promote the OSHA Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) to interested member companies in the Alliance.
  • Explore participation in the Construction Education Foundation of Georgia (CEFGA) CareerExpo in April 2008.
  • Develop schedule for Implementation Team Meetings in FY 2008

Projected meetings for 2008 are listed below:

March 19, 2008
June 18, 2008
September 17, 2008
December 17, 2008