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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