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ANNUAL AREA OFFICE ALLIANCE REPORT
Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Trust (EJATT)
April 13, 2010

  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed: February 1, 2008

    Expiration Date: February, 2010

    Alliance Overview.

    Primary goals of the alliance are to develop relationships with the electrical contractors and apprentice electricians through the apprenticeship training program at the NECA training facility in Alsip Illinois. Initial target area was the hazards associated with arc flash and arc blast.

    Implementation Team Members.

    Mr. John Prendergast – Assistant Program Coordinator
    Mr. Matt McNicholas – OSHA – Calumet City Area Office
    Mr. William Coulehan - OSHA -– Calumet City Area Office

     
  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    Implementation team meeting are conducted by conference calls and e-mails regarding various projects and alliance activities. Last meeting was associated with the presentation on January 25, 2010.

     
  3. Activities and Products

    These report summaries activities through the alliance in calendar year 2009 and the first quarter of 2010.

    Alliance Activity.

    Activities conduced through the alliance continue to center around a series of arc blast / arc flash seminars and have expanded to include a “whistleblower” presentation to business agents of Local 134. Session dates and the number in attendance are as follows:
     
    Date  In Attendance
    1/30/09 50
    8/27/09 12
    1/30/09 50
    Total – 3sessions 112 attendees

    Each session included a Q / A session between attendees (contractors / union representatives and OSHA personnel)

    In addition, the alliance is intended to serve as a mechanism to train compliance officers (CSHOs) in the labs at the EJATT facility identifying equipment and procedures encountered during inspections including transformers, means of grounding and temporary wiring. Expanding this training is one of the FY 2010 goals of the alliance.

    Alliance Products.

    No specific outreach products have been developed through the alliance, but the PowerPoint presentations using during the arc blast / arc flash presentations and the whistleblower presentation were provided to EJATT for use in other sessions.

     
  4. Results

    This alliance continues to be very successful in building a strong relationship between OSHA, specific electrical contactors in the area and the union’s training facility. When initiated, the alliance focused on the emerging topic of arc flash / arc blast and was successful in presenting information on the subject. This has not changed. With the majority of local electrical apprentices receiving training at the EJATT, the setting is ideal to continue the relationship with future tradesmen. All parties involved are very pleased with the activities and strong relationship developed to date.

     
  5. Upcoming Milestones

    As mentioned, a goal for 2010 to expanded activities to include additional training of OSHA Compliance Officers on equipment available at the facility. The training facility has an extensive system of sample circuits and panel boards at which CSHO’s can receive background on associated hazards and industry practices for service and maintenance. It is also hoped that future alliance activities can include OSHA presentations during the formal safety training provided during the apprenticeship program.
    It is the recommendation to renew this alliance as scheduled in 2010.

    Report Prepared by: William Coulehan

    For more information, contact the Office of Outreach Services and Alliances at 202-693-2340 or go to OSHA's website.