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ANNUAL AREA OFFICE ALLIANCE REPORT
Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Trust (EJATT)
April 13, 2010
- Alliance Background
Date Signed: February 1, 2008
Expiration Date: February, 2010
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
- 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.
- Activities and Products
These report summaries activities through the alliance in calendar year 2009 and
the first quarter of 2010.
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:
Total – 3sessions
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.
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
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.
- 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
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