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July 9, 2008

I. Alliance Background

Date Signed

June 10, 2005

Alliance Overview

The Illinois OSHA offices, JULIE and Illinois Onsite Consultation worked together to provide training and education for underground and trenching contractors, subcontractors and labor groups on excavation hazards and related regulations.

Implementation Team Members

The Implementation Team Members included the Illinois OSHA office's Compliance Assistance Specialists, representatives from the Illinois Onsite Consultation program and JULIE representatives.

II. Implementation Team Meetings

In September of 2007, Peggy Zweber, Peoria Compliance Assistance Specialist (CAS) had discussions with JULIE representatives on the OSHA PowerPoint slides that would be included in the January and February 2008 Excavation Safety Breakfasts. Four slides were developed and shared with Illinois CASs and the DCEO On-Site Safety and Health Consultation group. (See Attachment)

III. Activities and Products

Evaluation Period.

The evaluation period was from September 12, 2007, to July 9, 2008.

Alliance Activity.

JULIE organized twenty-one Excavation Safety Breakfasts throughout Illinois. OSHA representatives were provided a booth and an opportunity to discuss a wide variety of safety and health topics with the participants. At each session, the JULIE representatives conducted a training session. A part of each presentation addressed specific excavation hazards and some of the OSHA requirements.

OSHA participation from Aurora, Des Plaines and Calumet City Area Offices
Date Location Participants
1/10/2008 Mundelein 156
1/16/2008 Lisle 183
1/18/2008 LaSalle 157
1/23/2008 Alsip 161
1/30/2008 Rock Falls 138
2/1/2008 Rockford 177
2/6/2008 Streamwood 61
2/12/200/ Kankakee 164
2/27/2008 Joliet 191
OSHA participation from the Peoria Area Office
Date Location Participants
1/9/2008 Decatur 164
1/11/2008 Urbana 222
1/25/2008 Quincy 128
2/15/2008 Springfield 195
2/20/2008 E. Peoria 239
2/22/2008 Moline 142
OSHA participation from the Fairview Heights District Office
Date Location Participants
1/17/2008 Olney 112
1/24/2008 Marion 180
1/31/2008 Mt. Vernon 191
2/7/2008 Alton 155
2/8/2008 Collinsville 223
2/29/2008 Effingham 246

Total participation was 3,585.

Alliance Products.

Compliance Assistance Specialists continued to produce and provide participants a Trench Safety Card that described the sloping requirements on one side and general trenching requirements on the other side. Hundreds of the cards were distributed to participants.

IV. Results

A. Impact of the Alliance activities and products

By participating in the Excavation Safety Breakfasts the Illinois OSHA Area Offices are able to reach out to excavation contractors in an efficient and effective manner that required minimal resources on the part of the Agency. The sessions occur when excavation work in the field is minimal due to the frozen ground and the weather. The breakfast meetings provide an avenue for the Agency to assist participants in developing or improving their existing safety and health efforts. OSHA's participation in the sessions allows the Agency to reach out to effected workers to provide an understanding of the requirements and the methods to control related hazards.

In less than two months, over 3,500 employees were provided information on the OSHA national emphasis program and hazards related to their work. At the sessions OSHA representatives work through individual questions or safety and health issues that participants may have been wrestling with or wanted to have clarified by an OSHA representative. JULIE has committed the resources to organizing the sessions and through the alliance OSHA has been afforded the opportunity to simply show up at the sessions and maximize the opportunity to help participants understand and address hazards.

B. Activity and the number of individuals reached or trained.

2008 Excavation Safety Breakfasts Number of Participants
Mundelein 156
Lisle 183
LaSalle 157
Alsip 161
Rock Falls 138
Rockford 177
Streamwood 61
Kankakee 164
Joliet 191
Decatur 164
Urbana 222
Quincy 128
Springfield 195
E. Peoria 239
Moline 142
Olney 112
Marion 180
Mt Vernon 191
Alton 155
Collinsville 223
Effingham 256
TOTAL 3,585

V. Upcoming Milestones

JULIE is planning another set of winter meetings and has indicated they would like the Illinois OSHA offices to participate. The initial alliance period has been completed and the Agency has initiated discussion with JULIE representatives on developing a new alliance. The Illinois CASs have set up a meeting and one of the topics for discussion is the JULIE alliance.

Report prepared by: Brian Bothast