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AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE
BETWEEN
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
REGION VII
AND
KANSAS CITY POWER & LIGHT COMPANY

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Kansas City Power & Light Company (KCPL) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful workplaces. OSHA Kansas City Area Office and KCPL therefore agree to form an Alliance to use their collective expertise to help foster a culture of prevention while sharing best practices and technical knowledge.

OSHA and KCPL agree to establish an alliance to promote safe and healthful working conditions for the employees of the telecommunication service installation industry, and in turn employees of KCPL by:
  • Providing telecommunication service contractors with information and guidance that will help them protect employees' health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to overhead power line hazards.
     
  • Increasing access to safety and health information.
OSHA and KCPL will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
  • The OSHA Kansas City Area Office and KCPL will work together to develop an outreach packet, consisting of applicable safety and health information.
     
    • KCPL will provide the OSHA Kansas City Area Office with a mailing list, which includes contractors that have pole attachment permits with KCPL, in order to enable the Kansas City Area Office to distribute the outreach packets.
       
    • KCPL will also provide the outreach packet to new contractors making pole attachments after the date of this Alliance. This information and guidance will help contractors protect employees, particularly in preventing or reducing the incidence of contact with energized overhead power lines.
  • KCPL will provide an informational session to the compliance staff of the OSHA Kansas City Area Office, and Wichita Area Office, at a mutually convenient time and place, regarding the hazards related to the installation of telecommunication services in proximity to energized overhead power lines and how the hazards created by telecommunication contractors affect KCPL employees.
OSHA and KCPL may also work together as follows to promote the dialogue on workplace safety and health:
  • Raise others' awareness of and demonstrate their own commitment to workplace safety and health whenever KCPL's leaders address groups.
     
  • Share information on best practices, as jointly determined by OSHA and KCPL, with others in the industry, through training programs and materials jointly developed by OSHA and KCPL. Promote training implementation through print or electronic media, at conferences, or by other means of outreach.
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 annually to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance.

This Agreement will remain in effect for one year. Either signatory may terminate this Agreement 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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Charles E. Adkins, CIH
Regional Administrator
Occupational Safety and
Health Administration
Date   William P. Herdegen, III
Vice President - Distribution Operations
Kansas City Power and Light Company
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