New Alliance to Promote Safety and Health for North Texas Electrical Workers

July 19, 2005

Furthering the safety and health of electrical industry workers in north Texas is the goal of an alliance signed today between the Dallas area office of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Dallas Chapter of Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC).

OSHA’s alliances are part of U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine Chao’s ongoing efforts to improve the health and safety of workers. Through alliances, trade and professional organizations, businesses, labor organizations and education institutions are able to participate in a voluntary cooperative relationship with OSHA for training and outreach aimed at preventing workplace injuries and illnesses.

“This is an opportunity for OSHA and members of the electrical industry to come together through forums, roundtable discussions and meetings to discuss the safety and health issues faced by electrical workers on a daily basis,” said Kathryn Delaney, OSHA area director in Dallas. “The alliance will increase awareness of hazards associated with electrical work and various building trades.”

IEC is a trade association of more than 3,200 electrical and systems contractors within 75 chapters nationwide. Members of IEC and OSHA will develop a plan of action based on mutually agreed upon working procedures, roles and responsibilities for the participants.

Quarterly meetings will be held to track, analyze and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the alliance.

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