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January 9, 2009

  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed. August 16, 2007.

    Alliance Overview: OSHA will provide expertise to develop training and education programs for electrical contractors and their employees regarding construction industry hazards, such as falls, electrocution, arc flash events, working in trenches and excavations, and the hazards associated with moving equipment. It will also address the issue of the small construction employer’s challenges in developing safety and health programs.

    NECA and OSHA will work together to provide expertise to develop workplace safety and health curricula on hazards common in the construction industry.

    Implementation Team Members:

    Kimberly Stille, Madison OSHA Area Director George Yoksas, Milwaukee OSHA Area Director Mel Lischefski, Appleton OSHA Area Director Mark Hysell, Eau Claire OSHA Area Director Leslie Ptak, Madison OSHA Compliance Assistance Specialist Mary Bauer, Eau Claire OSHA Compliance Assistance Specialist Kelly Bubolz, Appleton OSHA Compliance Assistance Specialist Jim Lutz, Milwaukee OSHA Compliance Assistance Specialist Pat Ostrenga, Milwaukee OSHA Compliance Assistance Specialist

    Evaluation Period: The evaluation period is from August 16, 2007 to January 9, 2009.

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    Implementation team meetings were held on these dates: November 17, 2007 and August 27, 2008.

  3. Activities and Products

    The Madison CAS, at the request of NECA, CAS talked to NECA employer about a recent Iowa OSHA citation and their rights and responsibilities post issuance on May 30, 2008.

    The alliance is currently making plans for two OSHA presentations to NECA: A workshop about Electrical Safe Work Practices in January 2009 and a presentation on VPP at their January 2009 winter meeting.
  4. Results

    The Wisconsin OSHA offices have begun to establish a working relationship with NECA and are beginning to make plans for how best to execute the alliance. We look forward to the coming year and its possibilities.

Report Prepared by: Leslie Ptak, Compliance Assistance Specialist