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


The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Dallas Area Office and The Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) -Dallas Chapter continue to recognize the value of maintaining a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. To that end, OSHA and The IEC hereby renew the Alliance signed September 2, 2015, with a continued emphasis on Electrical construction workers. Specifically, both organization(s) are committed to providing The IEC –Dallas Chapter members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers and understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH Act) of 1970. Through the Alliance, the organizations will continue to address worker falls, struck-by, electrocution, and caught-in between hazards for electrical workers in construction. In renewing this Alliance, OSHA and The IEC -Dallas Chapter recognize that OSHA's State Plan and On-site Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives

The Participants intend to continue working together to achieve the following goals related to raising awareness of OSHA's rulemaking and enforcement initiatives:

  • To share information on OSHA's National/Regional/Local Emphasis Programs, Regulatory Agenda, and opportunities to participate in the rulemaking process.
  • To share information on occupational safety and health laws and standards, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers.
  • To convene or participate in forums, safety roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on construction site hazards for electrical workers and to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues. The OSHA Dallas Area Office representative will participate at IEC Dallas Chapter membership meetings on the second Wednesday of each month and quarterly Safety Round-Table meetings.

Training and Education

The Participants intend to continue working together to achieve the following training and education goals:

  • To develop effective safety and health training and education programs for electrical workers regarding falls, struck-by, caught in-between, and electrical hazards at construction sites, and to communicate such information to IEC Members and their workers.
  • To develop effective safety training and education programs for electrical contractors and workers and promote understanding of workers' rights, including the use of the OSHA complaint process, and the responsibilities of employers and to communicate such information to workers without fear of reprisal or discrimination.
  • To deliver or arrange for the delivery of 10-hour Construction Safety Courses.

Outreach and Communication

The Participants intend to continue working together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:

  • To develop information on the recognition of workplace hazards and prevention of accidents, and to develop ways of communicating such information (e.g., print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools, and OSHA's and the IEC -Dallas website) to employers and workers in the industry.
  • To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or the IEC-Dallas Chapter conferences, local meetings, or other outreach events.
  • To share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding the IEC –Dallas Chapter Member best safety practices or effective approaches for safety training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum) developed by the participants.
  • To work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects on electrical work at construction sites that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.
  • To develop and disseminate case studies on injury/illness rates for electrical workers and publicize their results.

OSHA's Alliances provide parties an opportunity to participate in a voluntary cooperative relationship with OSHA for purposes such as raising awareness of OSHA's rulemaking and enforcement initiatives, training and education, and outreach and communication. These Alliances have proven to be valuable tools for both OSHA and its Alliance participants. By entering into an Alliance with a party, OSHA is not endorsing or promoting, nor does it intend to endorse or promote, any of that party's products or services.

A work-plan team made up of representatives of each organization 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 four times per year to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance. OSHA team members will include representatives of the Dallas Area Office and any other appropriate offices. OSHA will encourage State Plan States and OSHA On-site Consultation Projects' participation on the team.

This agreement will remain in effect for two years and 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 written concurrence of both signatories.

Signed this 21st day of November 2017

 


Basil Singh
Area Director, Dallas Area Office
Occupational Safety and Health Administration

 


Brian Dean
President
Independent Electrical Contractors, Dallas Chapter

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