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        AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE
BETWEEN
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
DALLAS AREA OFFICE
AND
THE INDEPENDENT ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS DALLAS CHAPTER

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Independent Electrical Contractors Dallas Chapter (IEC - Dallas) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and IEC - Dallas hereby form an Alliance to provide IEC - Dallas 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 electrical, fall, confined space entry, toxic substance(s), and struck-by hazards.

OSHA and IEC - Dallas will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:
  • Deliver or arrange for the delivery of 10 and 30-Hour Construction Safety and Health Courses;
     
  • Provide expertise to develop workplace safety and health curricula based on best practices.
OSHA and IEC - Dallas will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
  • 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 OSHAs and the IECs Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry;
     
  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at IEC conferences, local meetings, or other events;
     
  • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding IEC best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by IEC and through OSHA or IEC developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum);
     
  • Promote and encourage participation in OSHAs cooperative programs, to include site participation in the Voluntary Protection Program where applicable, and the utilization of OSHAs free Safety and Health Consultation Service;
     
  • Appoint a liaison between OSHAS and IEC - Dallas to answer compliance questions, discuss current job site findings, and current hazard/violation trends;
     
  • Encourage IEC - Dallas members to attend OSHAs Trainer Course in Occupational Safety and Health Standards for the Construction Industry (OSHA Course 500).
OSHA and IEC 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 - Dallas 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.
OSHAs Alliance provides 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 partys products or services; nor does the Agency enter into an Alliance with the purpose or promoting a particular partys 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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STEPHEN BOYD
Area Director
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
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Date
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JERRY THOMAS
Executive Director
Independent Electrical
Contractors, Inc.
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Date