Alliance -- An OSHA Cooperative Program<< Back to Concluded Regional Alliances - Region VIII


  1. Alliance Background
  2. 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 include:

    • 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

    Bruce Beelman
    Tom Deutscher
    Mike Maslowski

    Brandon Herda
    Brian Scherer
    Charlie Kottsick
    Deb Meyhoff
    Jeff Ehli
    John Keller
    Jim Wagner
    Melt Olin
    Roger Rohrer
    Steve Gleave
    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
    Tesoro
    Minnkota Power
    Great River Energy
    Great River Energy
    Dakota Gasification Plant

    Evaluation Period

    June 4, 2004 to June 4, 2005

  3. Implementation Team Meetings
  4. February 23, 2005 Semi-annual implementation meeting

  5. Events and Products
  6. Outreach and Communication

    • 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

  7. Results
  8. 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
    e-newsletter 690
    TOTAL 1110

  9. Upcoming Milestones

  10. 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 involvement eliminated.