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AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE
BETWEEN
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
MADISON, MILWAUKEE, APPLETON AND EAU CLAIRE AREA OFFICES
AND
THE WISCONSIN CHAPTER OF THE NATIONAL ELECTRICAL
CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION, INC.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Wisconsin Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association, Inc. (Wisconsin NECA) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and Wisconsin NECA hereby form an Alliance to provide Wisconsin NECA 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 exposures to hazards such as falls, electrocution, arc flash events, working in trenches and excavations, and the hazards associated with moving equipment. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and Wisconsin NECA recognize that the eight International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) locals in Wisconsin are important partners in workplace safety and health. The signatories to this alliance also recognize that OSHA’s State Plan and Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

OSHA and Wisconsin NECA will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:
  • Work with OSHA to 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.
  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop workplace safety and health curricula on hazards common in the construction industry.
OSHA and Wisconsin NECA 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 Wisconsin NECA web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.

  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at Wisconsin NECA conferences, local meetings, or other events.

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

  • Promote and encourage Wisconsin NECA members’ or worksites’ participation in OSHA’s cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Programs, and Consultation and its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.
OSHA and Wisconsin NECA 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 Wisconsin NECA 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 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. 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 both signatories.

 



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Kimberly Stille
Area Director
Occupational Safety and Health Administration



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Loyal O’Leary
Executive Vice President
National Electrical Contractors Association, Inc.
Wisconsin Chapter



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Mark Hysell
Area Director
Occupational Safety and Health Administration



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Melvin Lischefski
Area Director
Occupational Safety and Health Administration



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George Yoksas
Area Director
Occupational Safety and Health Administration



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