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OSHA Alliance

IEC-OSHA Alliance Resources

Through the Alliance, OSHA and IEC will continue to work together to provide IEC members and others in the construction industry with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety. To learn more, please see the resources below:

Best Practices:

The link below leads to several best practices on subjects covering workplace first aid, arc exposure, personal protective equipment and more. Many were developed and funded by the Susan Hardwood Grant. Learn more.

Quick Cards:

OSHA's Quick Cards contain safety tips on topics such as aerial lifts, electrical safety and working safely in trenches. The cards can be downloaded and used with toolbox talks or handed out as safety reminders.  To print and distribute the cards or order them free from OSHA, click here.

Fact Sheets:

Fact Sheets are available on a variety of topics from confined spaces, electrical hazards, fall protection and more. They can be used as toolbox talks or as additional information presented with the toolbox talks. Learn more.

Publications:

Publications can be used as additional material for 1 and 30 hour safety training classes. Topics cover electrical hazards, electrical safety, ergonomics and more. Publications and posters for jobsite posting can be ordered from OSHA

OSHA e-Tools Developed with the Assistance of IEC

 
Electrical Contracting Industry:

Electrical contractors are responsible for the health and safety of employees who are exposed to a variety of hazards. Some of these hazards are obvious, such as electrical shock and electrocution. Others, such as musculoskeletal disorders, back injuries, slips and falls, or automobile-related incidents may not be as obvious. Learn more.

Electrical Safety:

Electricity has long been recognized as a serious workplace hazard. OSHA's electrical standards are designed to protect employees exposed to dangers such as electric shock, electrocution, fires and explosions. Learn more.

Electrical Power Transmission and Distribution:

Workers in the electric power industry are potentially exposed to a variety of serious hazards, such as arc flashes (which include arc flash burn and blast hazards), electric shock, falls, and thermal burn hazards that can cause injury and death. This eTool seeks to inform employers and employees of their obligations to develop the appropriate hazard prevention and control methodologies designed to prevent workplace injuries and illnesses. Learn more.

Ergonomic Solutions for Electrical Contractors:

Ergonomics is the science of fitting workplace conditions and job demands to the capabilities of the working population. Effective and successful "fits" assure high productivity, avoidance of illness and injury risks, and increased satisfaction among the workforce. Although the scope of ergonomics is much broader, the term here refers to assessing those work-related factors that may pose a risk of musculoskeletal disorders and recommendations to alleviate them.

Click here for a general discussion of ergonomic solutions.

View the Ergonomics eTool.

Safety Campaigns


New Reporting Requirements:

Beginning January 1, 2015, there will be a change to what covered employers are required to report to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Employers will now be required to report all work-related fatalities within 8 hours and all in-patient hospitalizations, amputations, and losses of an eye within 24 hours of finding about the incident. Previously, employers were required to report all workplace fatalities and when three or more workers were hospitalized in the same incident. The updated reporting requirements are to enable employers and workers to prevent future injuries by identifying and eliminating the most serious workplace hazards.

Employers have three options for reporting these severe incidents to OSHA. They can call their nearest area office during normal business hours, call the 24-hour OSHA hotline at 1-800-321-OSHA (1-800-321-6742), or they can report online at www.osha.gov/report_online.  For more information and resources, including a new YouTube video, visit OSHA’s webpage on the updated reporting requirements.

*Employers under Federal OSHA’s jurisdiction must begin reporting by January 1.  Establishments in a state with a State run OSHA program should contact their state plan for the implementation date.

Silica:

Crystalline silica is a material found abundantly in the earth’s crust. Crystalline silica occurs in several forms. Quartz, the most common form, is a component of sand, stone, rock, concrete, brick, block, and mortar. Many of these materials are used every day across a wide variety of industrial settings, including construction, mining, manufacturing, maritime, and agriculture.  Breathing silica may be hazardous.  For more information, please see https://www.osha.gov/dsg/topics/silicacrystalline/.

Fall Prevention in Construction Campaign:

Construction is a potentially high hazard industry for those who work in it, with falls at the top of the hazards list. In fact, falls are the most frequent cause of fatalities at construction sites and annually account for one of every three construction-related deaths. Although there are commonly available methods for preventing falls, the number of construction workers who fall to their deaths has increased in recent years. Learn more.

As part of OSHA's nationwide outreach campaign to raise awareness about the hazards of falls from ladders, scaffolds and roofs, this website gives workers and employers information about falls and how to prevent them. There are also training tools for employers to use, posters to display at their worksites and many resources targeting vulnerable workers with limited English proficiency.

 
Falling Off Ladders Can Kill: New Fall Prevention Resource Available:

OSHA has published a new bilingual English-Spanish booklet on safe ladder use, "Falling Off Ladders Can Kill: Use Them Safely". Developed in partnership with the Singapore Workplace Safety and Health Council and Ministry of Manpower, the booklet provides clear, easy-to-follow information about ladder hazards and using ladders safely, featuring simple illustrations and plain language writing.

Falls are the leading cause of death in construction, and OSHA is working with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the National Occupational Research Agenda to get the word out about how to "Plan, Provide, Train" to prevent fatal falls. To learn more, click here

Heat Illness Prevention:

OSHA has launched its annual Campaign to Prevent Heat Illness in Outdoor Workers. For the fourth consecutive year, OSHA’s campaign aims to raise awareness and educate workers and employers about the dangers of working in hot weather and provide resources and guidance to address these hazards. Workers at particular risk are those in outdoor industries, such as agriculture, construction, landscaping, and transportation.

In preparation for the summer season, OSHA has developed heat illness educational materials in English and Spanish, as well as a curriculum to be used for workplace training, also available in both English and Spanish. OSHA also has released a free application for mobile devices that enables workers and supervisors to monitor the heat index at their work sites. Learn more. 

Strains, Sprains and Material Handling Safety Tips for Employers and Employees:

Construction is a physically demanding occupation. Improper manual handling of material may cause common injuries such as strains and sprains that result in lost workdays. Here are some tips for the reduction of sprains and strains.