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ANNUAL ECCS ALLIANCE REPORT

June 4, 2004

  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed: June 4, 2003

    Overview: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and The Energy Coalition for Contractor Safety (ECCS) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. The ECCS is a group of North Dakota energy companies working together to achieve workplace safety excellence through standardized workplace safety practices, training, and drug screening of energy industry contractor employees. OSHA and ECCS hereby form an Alliance to use their collective expertise to help foster a culture of prevention while sharing best practices and technical knowledge.'

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and ECCS agree to establish an Alliance to promote safe and healthful working conditions for North Dakota energy company contractors by:
    • Providing ECCS members with information and guidance that will help them protect construction contactor's employees' health and safety while performing work at the member's facilities.
    • Increasing access to safety and health information and training resources.'
    OSHA and ECCS will also work together to achieve the following training and education goals:
    • Providing opportunities for employees of construction contractors to complete the OSHA 10-hour course on hazards in the construction industry.
    • Provide training and education on OSHA recordkeeping for contractors.
    ECCS will establish hiring and selection criteria for contractors that includes:
    • Review of the previous year's OSHA injury rate to identify those with a 3.0 rate or less.'
    • Review of the worker compensation Experience Modification Rate to identify contractor's with1.0 or less.
    • Having a third party audit of the contractor's safety and health program conducted.
    OSHA and ECCS will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
    • Seek opportunities to Develop and disseminate information at conferences, events, or through print and electronic media, including links from OSHA's and ECCS's Web sites.
    • Seek opportunities to speak, exhibit, or appear at conferences, local meetings, or other events including the annual North Dakota Safety and Health Conference sponsored by the North Dakota Safety Council.
    • Promote and encourage ECCS members' and contractors participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Program, Consultation, and SHARP.'
    OSHA and ECCS will work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
    • Raising awareness through speeches and appearances by trying to raise others' awareness of and demonstrate their own commitment to workplace safety and health whenever ECCS leaders address groups.
    • Share information on best practices, as jointly determined by OSHA and ECCS of ECCS's members/worksites with others in the industry through outreach and through OSHA or ECCS's developed training programs and materials. Promote their implementation through print or electronic media, promotion at conferences, or by other means of outreach.
    • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings to help forge innovative solutions or provide input on any safety and health issues arising in the workplace.
Implementation Team Members Participating:
Bruce Beelman
Tom Deutscher
Mike Maslowski
Brandon Herda
Brian Scherer
Charlie Kottsick
Deb Meyhoff
John Keller
Jim Wagner
Melt Olin
Roger Rohrer
Steve Gleave
Area Director
Compliant Assistance Specialist
Assistant Area Director
North Dakota Safety Council
Ottertail Power Company
Montana Dakota Utilities
Basin Electric Power Cooperative
Tesoro
Minnkota Power
Great River Energy
Great River Energy
Dakota Gasification Plant

Evaluation Period: June 4, 2003 to June 4, 2004
  1. Implementation Team Meetings

    August 25, 2003: Kick-off meeting
    October 20, 2003: Quarterly implementation meeting
    December 12, 2003: Quarterly implementation meeting

  2. Events and Products

    Outreach and Communication:
    • January 22, 2004: Contractor recognition luncheon
    • May 26, 2004: ECCS required training (10-hour OSHA for Construction) through the North Dakota Labor Education Council (NDLEC)
    • April 30, 2004: ECCS required training through the NDLEC
    • April 14, 2004: ECCS required training through the NDLEC
    • March 25, 2004: ECCS required training through the NDLEC
    • March 5, 2004: ECCS required training through the NDLEC
    • March 4, 2004: ECCS required training through the NDLEC
    • February 4, 2004: ECCS required training through the NDLEC
    • February 2, 2004: ECCS required training through the NDLEC
    • January 20, 2004: ECCS required training through the NDLEC
    • January 13, 2004: ECCS required training through the NDLEC
    • December 24, 2003: ECCS required training through the NDLEC
    • November 25, 2003: ECCS required training through the NDLEC
    • November 21, 2003: ECCS required training through the NDLEC
    • October 31, 2003: ECCS required training through the NDLEC

    • November 20, 2003: Recordkeeping training

    • October 1, 2003: e-newsletter
    • January 2, 2004: e-newsletter
    • April 1, 2004: e-newsletter

  3. Results

    The value to OSHA of standardized workplace safety practices, training and drug screening of energy industry contractor employees is immeasurable. The culture that is fostered results in a higher level of awareness and understanding of the value of safety. Through the alliance, we are able to influence many more employers/employees than through traditional methods. Through the alliance, we are also able to leverage resources within the construction community.
Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print, and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
OSHA 10-hour for Construction 420
Recordkeeping 30
e-newsletter 690
TOTAL 1140
  1. Upcoming Milestones

    Annual review of the Alliance with implementation team (2-year alliance).


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