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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) Fort Worth/Tarrant County Chapter recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and the IEC Fort Worth/Tarrant County Chapter hereby form an Alliance to provide the IEC Fort Worth/Tarrant County Chapter’s 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 construction and electrical hazards. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and the IEC Fort Worth/Tarrant County Chapter recognize that OSHA’s State Plan and Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

OSHA and the IEC Fort Worth/Tarrant County Chapter will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:
  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop training and education programs for IEC Fort Worth/Tarrant County Chapter members and potential members regarding construction and electrical hazards, and to provide expertise in communicating such information to employers and employees in the industry.
     
  • Arrange for the delivery of training courses such as the OSHA 10 Hour Course.
     
  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop workplace safety and health curricula on safe electrical work practices.
OSHA and the IEC Fort Worth/Tarrant County Chapter 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 Fort Worth/Tarrant County Chapter’s Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.
     
  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA’s or the IEC Fort Worth/Tarrant County Chapter’s conferences, local meetings, or other chapter events.
     
  • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding IEC Fort Worth/Tarrant County Chapter’s best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by IEC Fort Worth/Tarrant County Chapter and through OSHA- or IEC Fort Worth/Tarrant County Chapter’s-developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum).
     
  • Promote and encourage IEC Fort Worth/Tarrant County Chapter’s 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 and electrical hazards for IEC members or potential members work practices that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.
     
  • Work with the University of Texas at Arlington, Region VI OSHA Education Center as an affiliate to help distribute OSHA courses.
     
  • Encourage IEC Fort Worth/Tarrant County chapter member worksites to build relationships with OSHA’s Regional and Area Offices to address health and safety issues, including construction or electrical hazard.

OSHA and IEC Fort Worth/Tarrant County Chapter 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 Fort Worth/Tarrant County Chapter 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 emerging construction or electrical 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 Fort Worth Area Office and IEC. 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.
 
 


 
Rich Ranck
Assistant Area Director
Occupational Safety and
Health Administration


 
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James Davis
President
IEC Fort Worth/Tarrant County Chapter


 
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