- Alliance Background
June 4, 2003
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
|Area Director - OSHA
Compliance Assistance Specialist - OSHA
Assistant Area Director
North Dakota Safety Council
Ottertail Power Company
Montana Dakota Utilities
Basin Electric Power Cooperative
Montana Dakota Utilities
Great River Energy
Great River Energy
Dakota Gasification Plant
Implementation Team Meetings
June 4, 2004 to June 4, 2005
Events and Products
|February 23, 2005
||Semi-annual implementation meeting
Outreach and Communication
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.
- February 23, 2005, Contractor recognition luncheon
- June 2, 2004, ECCS required training (10-hour OSHA for Construction) through the North Dakota
Labor Education Council (NDLEC)
- June 3, 2004, ECCS required training through the NDLEC
- June 10, 2004, ECCS required training through the NDLEC
- August 10, 2004, ECCS required training through the NDLEC
- August 31, 2004, ECCS required training through the NDLEC
- September 8, 2004, ECCS required training through the NDLEC
- October 13, 2004, ECCS required training through the NDLEC
- November 12, 2004, ECCS required training through the NDLEC
- December 1, 2004, ECCS required training through the NDLEC
- December 2, 2004, ECCS required training through the NDLEC
- January 5, 2005, ECCS required training through the NDLEC
- January 18, 2005, ECCS required training through the NDLEC
- January 19, 2005, ECCS required training through the NDLEC
- April 5, 2005, ECCS required training through the NDLEC
- August 12, 2004, e-newsletter
- November 29, 2004, e-newsletter
- January 26, 2005, e-newsletter
|Type of Activity
(Conference, Training, Print
and Electronic Distribution, etc.)
|Number of Individuals
Reached or Trained
|OSHA 10-hour for Construction
Annual review of the Alliance with implementation team (2-year alliance).
This alliance expires on June 4th, 2005 with no anticipation of renewal. Funding (via a Workforce
Safety & Insurance grant) for the 10-hour OSHA training has been discontinued therefore OSHA’s