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Alliance -- An OSHA Cooperative Program<< Back to Region V

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Illinois Area Offices; JULIE, Inc. and Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO)/Consultation recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA Illinois Area Offices, JULIE, Inc., and DCEO/Consultation hereby form an Alliance to provide JULIE’s contractor members, their subcontractors, union laborers 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 trenching hazards, and specifically addressing underground utility issues. In developing this Alliance, OSHA, JULIE, and DCEO/Consultation recognize that OSHA’s State Plan and Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

OSHA, JULIE, and DCEO/Consultation will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:
  • Work with OSHA and DCEO/Consultation to provide expertise to develop training and education programs for underground and trenching contractors, subcontractors and laborer employees regarding trenching regulations and hazards, including underground utilities, and to provide expertise in communicating such information to employers and employees in the industry.

  • Deliver or arrange for the delivery of three/four courses in specified areas of the state. The courses will cover topics relevant to OSHA and JULIE requirements and laws. JULIE will announce the courses through their newsletter to their membership. Locations, times, and content will be agreed upon by all alliance organizations.

  • Work with OSHA and DCEO/Consultation to provide expertise to develop workplace safety and health curricula on trenching, excavation and underground work by contractor members.

OSHA, JULIE, and DCEO/Consultation will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:

  • Work with OSHA and DCEO/Consultation 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 JULIE’s Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.

  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA’s and JULIE’s conferences, local meetings, or other appropriate events.

  • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by JULIE and through OSHA or JULIE developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum).

  • Promote and encourage JULIE’s contractor 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 construction issues that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.

  • Encourage JULIE members and contractor worksites to build relationships with OSHA’s Regional and Area Offices to address health and safety issues, including construction hazards.

OSHA, JULIE, and DCEO/Consultation 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 JULIE 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 construction and/or trenching/excavation 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 Illinois Area Offices JULIE, and DCEO/Consultation. 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 three years (or mutually agreed upon period). Any 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.


John Newquist
Area Director
OSHA Peoria Area Office




Mark A. Frost
Executive Director




Kathy O’Connell
Area Director
OSHA Aurora Area Office




Gary Anderson
Area Director
OSHA Calumet City Area Office




Diane Turek
Area Director
OSHA Chicago North Area Office




David Kramer, Director
Dept. of Commerce and
Economic Opportunity/Consultation