AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
CINCINNATI AREA OFFICE
INDEPENDENT ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS OF GREATER CINCINNATI (IEC)
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Independent Electrical Contractors of Greater Cincinnati (IEC) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and Independent Electrical Contractors of Greater Cincinnati hereby form an Alliance to provide IEC members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to electrical hazards and addressing current safety & health issues. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and the Independent Electrical Contractors of Greater Cincinnati recognize that OSHA's State Plan and Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.
OSHA and IEC will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:
- Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop training and education programs for member companies regarding electrical safety hazards, and to provide expertise in communicating such information to employers and employees in the industry.
- Deliver or arrange for the delivery of mutually affected courses.
- Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop workplace safety and health curricula on electrical workplace hazards.
OSHA and IEC will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
- Work with OSHA to provide expertise in developing information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to provide expertise in developing ways of communicating such information (e.g. print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools and OSHA's and the IEC'S Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.
- Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or IEC conferences, local meetings, or other special events.
- Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding IEC best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by IEC and through OSHA developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum).
- Promote and encourage IEC members or worksites' participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Program, Consultation, and the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.
- Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects on workplace electrical safety practices that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.
- Encourage IEC chapters and worksites to build relationships with OSHA's Regional and Area Offices to address health and safety issues, including workplace electrical safety practices.
OSHA and IEC will work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
- Raise others' awareness of and demonstrate their own commitment to workplace safety and health whenever IEC leaders address groups.
- Develop and disseminate case studies illustrating the business value of safety and health and publicize their results.
- Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on electrical safety issues to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.
OSHA's Alliances provide parties an opportunity to participate in a voluntary cooperative relationship with OSHA for purposes such as training and education, outreach and communication and promoting a national dialogue on workplace safety and health. 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 any of that party's products or services; nor does the Agency enter into an Alliance with the purpose of promoting a particular 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. Team members will include representatives of OSHA's local area office. 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.
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 concurrence of all signatories.
Richard T. Gilgrist, CIH
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Independent Electrical Contractors of Greater Cincinnati