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


  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed: February 1, 2008

    Initial Expiration Date: February, 2010

    Resigned: May 18, 2010

    Expiration Date: May, 2012

    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 meetings are conducted by conference calls and e-mails regarding various projects and alliance activities. Last meeting was associated with the presentations on June 20 and 21, 2011.

  3. Activities and Products

    This report summarizes alliance activities in calendar year 2010 and through June, 2011.

    Alliance Activity

    Alliance activities focus on "Introduction to OSHA" presentations as a part of the OSHA 10 Hour courses provided to apprentices and journeymen through the Local 134 Training Center. In addition, presentations of NFPA and Arc Flash / Arc Blast are provided upon request. Session dates and the number in attendance are as follows:

    Introduction to OSHA

  4. Date

    In Attendance

    May 18, 2010

    50

    June 16, 2010

    50

    September 8, 2010

    20

    December 8, 2010

    35

    March 10, 2011

    25

    June 21, 2011

    25

    Total 

    205


    NFPA 70 E / Arc Flash / Arc Blast

    Date

    In Attendance

    January 25, 2010

    50

    February 16, 2010

    10

    September 24, 2010

    20

    November 17, 2010

    50

    February 9, 2011

    75

    June 20, 2011

    7

    Total

    212


    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 and identifying equipment and procedures encountered during inspections including transformers, means of grounding and temporary wiring. A training session for OSHA CSHOs was given on March 15, 2011, through an Illinois - General Industry Consistency Meeting. CSHOs from all of the Area Offices attended and received instruction on the principals of electricity, how it is transmitted through equipment and the hazards posed to persons working on and near electrical equipment.

    Alliance Products.

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

  5. 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 expanded to include Introduction to OSHA presentations as part of OSHA 10-Hour courses. 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.

  6. Upcoming Milestones

    A goal for 2011 is 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 CSHOs can receive background on associated hazards and industry practices for service and maintenance.

    It is the recommendation to renew this alliance as scheduled in 2012.

    Report Prepared by: William Coulehan and Matthew McNicholas

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