Alliance -- An OSHA Cooperative Program<< Back to Region VIII


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Unions # 68 and # 111(IBEW), and the National Electrical Contractors Association Rocky Mountain Chapter (NECA) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA, IBEW, and NECA hereby form an Alliance to provide IBEW members and contractors, NECA members, and others in the electrical construction and maintenance industry with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees’ health and safety. The Alliance will particularly focus on reducing and preventing exposure to electrocution, fall, ergonomic and motor vehicle hazards and address safety supervision training issues. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and IBEW and NECA recognize that OSHA’s State Plan and Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

OSHA, IBEW, and NECA, will work together to achieve the following training and education goal:

  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop and deliver training and educational programs on topics such as electrical safety in the workplace, effective safety and health leadership for foremen, general foremen, and supervisors and 30-hour OSHA training courses for employees.

OSHA, IBEW, and NECA also will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:

  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to provide expertise in developing ways of communicating such information (e.g. print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools and OSHA, IBEW, and NECA Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.

  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA, IBEW, and NECA conferences, local meetings, youth job fairs, or other outreach events, such as IBEW local union and NECA chapter meetings and the Colorado State Conference of Electrical Workers.

  • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding IBEW and NECA best practices or effective approaches and publicize the results through OSHA, IBEW or NECA developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum).

  • Promote and encourage IBEW/NECA members’ or worksites’ participation in OSHA’s cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Program, and Consultation and its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.

  • Work with other Alliance or Partnership participants on specific issues and projects related to the electrical construction and maintenance industry.

  • Encourage IBEW local unions and NECA chapters to build relationships with OSHA’s Regional and Area Offices to address health and safety issues.

OSHA, IBEW, and NECA will work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:

  • Develop and disseminate case studies illustrating the business value of safety and health and publicize their results.

  • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on safety and health issues to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.

OSHA’s Alliances provide parties an opportunity to participate in a voluntary cooperative relationship with OSHA for purposes such as training and education, outreach and communication and promoting a national dialogue on workplace safety and health. 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 any of that party’s products or services; nor does the Agency enter into an Alliance with the purpose of promoting a particular party’s products or services.

An implementation team made up of representatives of OSHA, IBEW, and NECA will meet to develop a plan of action, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the participants. Team members may include representatives of Contractors, Insurers, and Local Unions. In addition, they will meet at least three times per year to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance.

This agreement will remain in effect for a three-year period. Any 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 concurrence of all signatories.


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Gregory J. Baxter
Regional Administrator
Occupational Safety and
Health Administration

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Dennis Whalen
Business Manager
IBEW Local Union # 68
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Mike Bird Date
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Business Manager
IBEW Local Union #111

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Ralph Lufen
Chapter Manager
NECA Rocky Mountain Chapter
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