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Region 5 News Release: 14-833-CHI
May 19, 2014
Contact: Scott Allen      Rhonda Burke
Phone:       312-353-6976
Email: allen.scott@dol.gov      burke.rhonda@dol.gov

US Department of Labor's OSHA renews alliance to educate and protect
Illinois electrical workers on arc blast and arc flash hazards

CHICAGO – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has renewed a two-year alliance with the Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Trust in Alsip to help protect electrical workers from arc blast, arc flash and other hazards associated with the installation and maintenance of electrical systems. The Illinois On-Site Safety and Health Consultation Program is also a partner in the project.

"The renewal of this alliance reflects the importance of electrical worker safety and health," said Kathy Webb, OSHA's area director in Calumet City. "This alliance will continue to help develop effective training programs, while opening the lines of communication between OSHA, employers and workers."

As part of the voluntary alliance, both EJATT and OSHA will continue working together to develop resources to help employers protect workers in these high-hazard industries. As a part of the alliance all parties can participate in forums, round tables and stakeholder meetings on the hazards associated with arc blast and arc flash. They will also work together to create and present effective training programs. In addition, the alliance is focused on promoting a cooperative relationship between labor and management and encouraging worker participation in achieving a safe and healthful workplace. The alliance aims to meet these goals through increased training, implementation of best work practices and compliance with applicable OSHA standards and regulations.

The alliance was first signed in February 2008 and was previously renewed in May 2012.

Through its Alliance Program, OSHA works with unions, consulates, trade and professional organizations, faith- and community-based organizations, businesses and educational institutions to prevent workplace fatalities, injuries and illnesses. The purpose of each alliance is to develop compliance assistance tools and resources and to educate workers and employers about their rights and responsibilities. Alliance Program participants do not receive exemptions from OSHA inspections. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov/dcsp/alliances/index.html.

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 ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.

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