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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Independent Electrical Contractors Texas Gulf Coast, Inc (IEC-TGC) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and IEC-TGC hereby form an Alliance to provide IEC-TGC 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 fall, struck-by, caught-between, and electrical hazards. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and IEC-TGC recognize that OSHA's State Plan and Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

OSHA and IEC-TGC 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 to address the focused four hazards and to provide expertise in communicating such information to employers and employees in the industry.

  • Deliver or arrange for the delivery of courses designed to prevent injuries and illnesses related to workplace hazards in the electrical industry including the value of comprehensive safety and health programs.

OSHA and IEC-TGC 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-TGC Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.

  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or IEC-TGC conferences, local meetings, or other events.
  • Promote and encourage IEC-TGC 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.

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 such as the training mechanism and content, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the participants. In addition, they will meet periodically to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance. OSHA will encourage OSHA Consultation Projects participation on the team.

This agreement will remain in effect for two years. 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 H. Lawson
Area Director, Houston North
Occupational Safety and
Health Administration


Robert G. Wilkinson
Executive Director
Texas Gulf Coast Chapter
Independent Electrical Contractors, Inc.


Mark Briggs
Area Director, Houston South
Occupational Safety and
Health Administration