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  1. Alliance Background
  2. Date Signed: February 1, 2008 Initial Expiration Date: February, 2010

    Resigned: May 18, 2010 / May 2, 2012 Expiration Date: May, 2014

    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 and the OSHA 10-hr. course.

    Implementation Team Members

    Dr. John Donahue - EJATT - Director
    Mr. Kevin Lynch - EJATT - Electrical Program coordinator
    Mr. John Prendergast - EJATT - Assistant Program Coordinator
    Mr. Matt McNicholas - OSHA - Region V
    Mr. William Coulehan - OSHA - Calumet City Area Office

  3. Implementation Team Meetings
  4. Implementation team meetings are conducted by conference calls and e-mails regarding various projects and alliance activities. Last meeting was associated with the resigning of the alliance on May 2, 2012.

  5. Activities and Products
  6. This report summarizes alliance activities since the report of July, 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 EJATT Training Center. In addition, presentations of NFPA and Arc Flash / Arc Blast and additional topics are provided upon request. Session dates and the number in attendance are as follows:

    Introduction to OSHA


    In Attendance

    September 22, 2011


    December 1, 2011


    January 31, 2012


    March 27, 2012


    May 14, 2012


    June, 4, 2012


    June 11, 2012


    June, 18, 2012




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

    The alliance has expanded activities to include presentations sponsored by the OSHA Training Institute (OTI) and the Region V Training Committee. Approximately twenty-five CSHOs attended each of the two training sessions. A session for OSHA CSHOs was given on May 16, 2012 through the OSHA Training Institute (OTI) – Electrical Standards course. CSHOs from throughout the U.S. attend and the training incorporated hands-on utilization of the equipment found at the EJATT facility.

    On June 14, 2012 the EJATT facility was used for LOTO training sponsored by the Region V training committee. CSHOs from various local OSHA offices attended and utilized the motor control and PLC classrooms to discuss LOTO and potential arc flash / arc blast scenarios.

    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 training through the OTI were provided to EJATT for use in other sessions.

  7. Results
  8. 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.

  9. Upcoming Milestones
  10. A goal for 2012/13 is to expanded activities to include additional training of OSHA Compliance Officers on equipment available at the facility and to continue utilizing the facility for OTI and other OSHA sponsored courses. 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 2014.

    Report Prepared by: William Coulehan, Matthew McNicholas and John Prendergast

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