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ANNUAL AREA OFFICE ALLIANCE REPORT

Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training
Trust (EJATT)

June 4, 2009

  1. ALLIANCE BACKGROUND

    Date Signed: February 1, 2008

    Alliance Overview

    The primary goal of the Alliance is to develop relationships with the electrical
    contractors and the apprentice electricians through the Apprenticeship Training
    Program held at the NECA training facility, located in Alsip, Illinois. The 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 – Calumet City OSHA Area Office

    Mr. William Coulehan – Calumet City OSHA Area Office

     
  2. IMPLEMENTATION TEAM MEETINGS

    Implementation team meetings are conducted by conference calls and e-mails.
    These meetings include various projects and Alliance activities. The last meeting
    was associated with the presentation on 7/31/08.

      
  3. ACTIVITIES AND PRODUCTS

    These report summaries are through the Alliance. The summaries include
    activities prior to the official signing on February 1, 2008.

    Alliance Activity

    Primary activities conducted through the Alliance include a series of arc
    blast / arc flash seminars, which were initiated during the finalization of
    the Alliance. The seminars were given at the NECA facility, located in
    Alsip, Illinois. The session dates for the seminars and the number of
    attendees are listed in the table below.
     
    ARC BLAST / ARC FLASH SEMINARS
     

    DATE
     

    NUMBER OF ATTENDEES
     
    04/19/07 50
    05/03/07 50
    06/07/07 30
    06/21/07 55
    10/04/07 50
    10/25/07 50
    01/11/08 50
    02/08/08 50
    05/29/08 65
    06/26/08 50
    07/31/08 50
    01/30/09 50

    TOTAL: 12 SESSIONS
     

    TOTAL: 500 ATTENDEES
     

    Each session included a "Question and Answer" session between the attendees
    (contractors / union representatives and OSHA personnel).

    In addition, on June 27, 2008, approximately 14 OSHA Compliance Officers were given a brief tour of the apprenticeship school and attended training given by school instructors on electrical installation and equipment such as transformers, grounding and temporary wiring.

    Alliance Products

    No specific outreach products were developed through the Alliance, however,
    the PowerPoint presentations used during the arc blast / arc flash presentations
    were provided to EJATT for use in other sessions.

     
  4. Results

    This Allliance has been very successful in building a strong relationship
    among OSHA, specific electrical contractors 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. 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 relationships developed to date. 

     
  5. Upcoming Milestones

    It is anticipated that the Alliance can be expanded to include additional training for 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 more 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.


    Report Prepared By:
    William Coulehan
    Calumet City OSHA Area Office


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