Feb. 1, 2008
Contact: Scott Allen or Brad Mitchell
CALUMET CITY, Ill. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)'s Calumet City Area Office, has signed an alliance with the Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Trust (EJATT) in Alsip, Ill.
The goal of the alliance is to enhance safety training provided to apprentice and journeymen electricians. EJATT, sponsored by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 134 and the National Electrical Contractors' Association (NECA), is responsible for the training and skilled craft education of approximately 17,000 apprentices and journeymen who work in Chicago and Cook County, Ill.
"With a focus on safety training in electrical hazards, especially arc flash and arc blast, this alliance is an excellent opportunity for OSHA to participate in the training provided through the IBEW-NECA's apprenticeship and journeymen programs," said Gary J. Anderson, the agency's area director in Calumet City.
"During the past few years we've worked closely with OSHA to promote increased safety training, and we're pleased to continue this work through this alliance," said Dr. John Donahue, director of the IBEW-NECA Technical Institute.
The IBEW-NECA Institute uses training sites in Alsip and at Chicago's West Side Technical Institute.
OSHA safety and health alliances are part of U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao's ongoing efforts to improve the safety and health of employees through cooperative partnerships with trade associations, labor organizations, employers and government agencies. OSHA currently has more than 460 alliances throughout the nation with organizations committed to fostering safety and health in the workplace.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to assure the safety and health of America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach and education, establishing partnerships, and encouraging continual process improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
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