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ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

and the

North Dakota Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives (NDAREC)

September 9, 2008
  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed

    September 9, 2007

    Overview

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the North Dakota Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives (NDAREC) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and NDAREC hereby form an Alliance to provide information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help protect employees’ health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to hazards associated with the electric transmission and distribution service industry.

    Implementation Team Members
     
    OSHA:  
       
    Bruce Beelman Bismarck Area Office – Area Director
    Tom Deutscher Bismarck Area Office - CAS
       
    NDAREC:  
       
    Dennis Hill Executive Director
    Wally Kalmbach Director of Safety Training
    Evaluation Period

    September 9, 2007 – September 9, 2008

     
  2. Implementation Team Meetings
     
    September 7, 2007 Kick-off meeting
    September 9, 2007 Alliance signing ceremony
    December 5, 2007 Team meeting

     
  3. Results

    A. Events and Products

    Training and Education Goal:
    • Identification and elimination of hazards likely to be present in the electric transmission and distribution service industry

      North Dakota Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives
      2008 AT&S Training Schedule

      1. Instructor Larry Sailer – winter session
      - Workplace violence (all staff)
      - Forklift operator safety (3-yr.refresher training)
      - Material handling
      - Entry-level driver training (Fed. DOT req.)
      - ATV/Snowmobile safety
      - Safe Work Practices
      - Accident case studies

      2. Instructor Paul Davis – winter session
      - Hazard Communications (all staff)
      - Vehicle safety (all staff)
      - Care and use of fiberglass insulation on boom trucks and hot sticks
      - Chain saw safety
      - Safe Work Practices
      - Accident case studies

      3. Instructor Larry Sailer – spring session
      - Hearing conservation (all staff)
      - Accident investigation
      - Equipment safety (bucket trucks/wood chippers)
      - Eye care/eye wash stations
      - Safe Work Practices
      - Accident case studies

      4. Instructor Paul Davis – spring session
      - Mayday procedures (all staff)
      - Injured man rescue
      - Certification to climb
      - Tool inspection

      5. Medical program – Med Center One nurses
      - CPR (all staff)
      - Blood borne pathogens (all staff)
      - AED refresher (all staff)

      6. Dielectric testing of insulated equipment – Davis and Sailer

      7. Summer field observation training – Larry Sailer

      8. Summer field observation training – Paul Davis
       
      January 16–18 ………

      March 17 &18 ……….

      April ………………….

      June 23-27 …………..

      Fall Special Schools.....


      RESAP Audits
       
      AT&S Conference, Ramkota Hotel, Bismarck

      Safety Coordinators Conference, Statewide offices, Mandan

      Contractors Safety Conference, Statewide offices, Mandan

      Rubber Gloving School, BSC Line School, Mandan

      Tree trimming classes
      Mike Dean – voltage regulators

      Central Power
      Verendrye
      McLean
      Slope
      Cass County
      Oliver – Mercer

     Outreach and Communication Goals:
     
    • Develop and disseminate information through print and electronic media, including electronic assistance tools and links from OSHA’s and NDAREC’s Web site.

      December 2007 - North and South Dakota Compliance Assistance Network Newsletter (NDSDCANET)

      March 2008 - North and South Dakota Compliance Assistance Network Newsletter (NDSDCANET)
       
    • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA’s or NDAREC conferences, local meetings, or other stakeholder events.

      On January 16, 2008, Bruce Beelman, Area Director, Bismarck Area Office, addressed the opening session of the NDAREC Apprenticeship Training and Safety Conference (ATS) to introduce the alliance and welcomed participants.

      On March 17, 2008, Tom Deutscher, Compliance Assistance Specialist, addressed the NDAREC Safety Coordinators Conference to further discuss the goals and objectives of the alliance and to also participate in a dialogue of safety and health related issues facing rural electric cooperatives today.

      On April 21, 2008, Tom Deutscher, Compliance Assistance Specialist, addressed the NDAREC Contractors Safety Conference regarding payment for PPE and an OSHA update.
       
    • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding NDAREC best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by NDAREC and through OSHA and other organizations.

      During this reporting period, the OSHA and NDAREC Alliance Implementation Team did not start work on programs or projects to address this goal.
       
    Promoting the National Dialogue Goals:
     
    • Raise others’ awareness of and demonstrate their own commitment to workplace safety and health whenever NDAREC leaders address groups.

      During this reporting period, the OSHA and NDAREC Alliance Implementation Team did not start work on programs or projects to address this goal.
       
    • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings to help forge innovative solutions to safety and health issues in the industry.

      During this reporting period, the OSHA and NDAREC Alliance Implementation Team did not start work on programs or projects to address this goal.
       
  4. B. Executive Summary

    Historically OSHA and the NDAREC have had a very cooperative working relationship. This alliance serves to enhance this relationship and raise awareness between both organizations on the safety and health issues each face. As the association serves as a training center for most of the cooperatives needs, it increases OSHA’s ability to leverage resources and impact employee educational needs.

    In the first year of the Alliance, OSHA and NDAREC established an excellent working relationship. Through this Alliance, OSHA and NDAREC are working to reduce injuries and exposure to hazards in the electric transmission and distribution service industry.

    C. Alliance Program Reach


  5. Upcoming Milestones

    In the upcoming year, OSHA and NDAREC will continue its excellent working relationship and collaborate on projects to support the Alliance agreement. OSHA will continue to participate in upcoming events as described under the training and education goals section of this document.

Report prepared by: Tom Deutscher, Compliance Assistance Specialist, Bismarck, North Dakota Area Office, September 9, 2008.