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AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE
BETWEEN
THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
CHICAGO AREA OFFICES,
THE ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE AND ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY,
THE CONSTRUCTION SAFETY COUNCIL
AND
THE ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS' ASSOCIATION (CITY OF CHICAGO)


The Chicago Area Offices of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), the Construction Safety Council (CSC) and the Electrical Contractors' Association - City of Chicago (ECA) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA, DCEO, CSC and ECA hereby form an Alliance to provide ECA members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to electrical hazards and those associated with the installation, maintenance and site management of electrical systems.

OSHA, DCEO, CSC and ECA will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:

  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise in order to develop training and education programs targeted to electricians and electrical foremen. Safety training scenarios (sessions) will be developed on OSHA requirements and best practices for hazards associated with electrical contractor's work.
  • Work with OSHA to provide outreach materials for the electrical contracting community on applicable OSHA standards for their workplace.
  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop workplace safety and health curricula on housekeeping, falls, accident investigation, material handling, confined space entry, ladders, ergonomics, temporary lighting, arc flash and arc blast.

OSHA, DCEO, CSC and ECA will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:

  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA, DCEO, CSC or ECA conferences, local meetings, or other events.
  • Promote and encourage ECA members to participate in OSHA's cooperative programs such as the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP), the Consultation Program and its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP).

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 proved 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 from each of the organizations will meet to develop a plan of action, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the participants. In addition, they will confer at least quarterly to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance.

This agreement will remain in effect for two years. 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.

Signed December 15, 2008

 


Diane Turek
Area Director - Chicago North
Occupational Safety and Health Administration

 

Date

 


Brad Weir
President
Electrical Contractors Association

 

Date

 


Kathy Webb
Area Director - North Aurora
Occupational Safety and Health Administration

 

Date

 


Thomas Broderick
Executive Director
Construction Safety Council

 

Date

 


Gary Anderson
Area Director - Calumet City
Occupational Safety and Health Administration

 

Date

 


Mica Torricelli
Acting Program Manager
DCEO, On-Site Safety and Health Consultation Program

 

Date

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