AGREEMENT RENEWING AN ALLIANCE
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
CALUMET CITY AREA OFFICE
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
ELECTRICAL JOINT APPRENTICESHIP AND TRAINING TRUST
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Calumet City Area Office and Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Trust (EJATT) continue to recognize the value of maintaining a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. To that end, OSHA and EJATT hereby renew the Alliance signed February 1, 2008 and renewed May 2, 2012, with a continued emphasis on reducing and preventing exposure to the hazards associated with Arc Blast and Arc Flash, and other hazards associated with the installation and maintenance of electrical systems. Specifically, both organizations are committed to providing EJATT members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers and understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act). Through the Alliance, the organizations will continue to address the hazards associated with the installation and maintenance of electrical systems. In renewing this Alliance, OSHA and EJATT recognize that OSHA's State Plan and On-site Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.
Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives
OSHA and EJATT intend to work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
- To share information on OSHA's National/Regional/Local Emphasis Programs, Regulatory Agenda, and opportunities to participate in the rulemaking process.
- To share information on occupational safety and health laws and standards, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers.
- To convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on the hazards associated with Arc Blast and Arc Flash to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.
- To encourage worker participation in workplace safety and health by speaking at EJATT OSHA 10 hour courses.
Training and Education
OSHA and EJATT intend to work together to achieve the following training and education goals:
- Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop training and education programs for OSHA compliance officers (CSHOs) and EJATT members regarding the proper installation, maintenance, and on-site management of electrical systems, communicate such information to employers and employees in the industry, and develop workplace safety and health guidance on "Arc Blast and Arc Flash" training.
- To develop effective training and education programs for EJATT members to promote understanding of workers' rights, including the use of the OSHA complaint process, and the responsibilities of employers and to communicate such information to workers and employers.
- To deliver or arrange for the delivery of the All About OSHA portion for OSHA 10 hour courses.
Outreach and Communication
OSHA and EJATT intend to work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
- To speak, exhibit, or appear at EJATT's training facility or other events.
- Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding best practices for the installation, repair, and maintenance of electrical systems.
OSHA's Alliances provide parties an opportunity to participate in a voluntary cooperative relationship with OSHA for purposes such as raising awareness of OSHA's rulemaking and enforcement initiatives, training and education, and outreach and communication. These Alliances have proved to be valuable tools for both OSHA and its Alliance participants. By entering into an Alliance with a party, OSHA is not endorsing or promoting, nor does it intend to endorse or promote, any of that party's products or services.
An implementation team made up of representatives of both organizations will meet to develop a plan of action, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the participants. In addition, they will meet at least three times per year to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance. OSHA team members will include representatives of the Calumet City Area Office and any other appropriate offices. OSHA will encourage State Plan States' and OSHA On-site Consultation Projects' participation on the team.
This agreement will remain in effect for two years. Either signatory may terminate it for any reason at any time, provided they give 30 days written notice. This agreement may be modified at any time with the written concurrence of both signatories.
Signed this 16th day of May, 2014.
Calumet City Area Office
John Donahue Ed.D., J.D.
Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Trust