IEC strives to be a leader in safety in the electrical contracting industry and this effort has been lauded by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) through an Alliance partnership. Through the Alliance, IEC and OSHA works together to provide members and other industry leaders with valuable information and access to training resources that will help protect employees' health and safety, with the main goal of reducing and preventing exposure to fall and arc flash hazards, which are major areas of concern in the electrical contracting industry. To see the OSHA Alliance page, click here.
Through the Alliance, IEC will strive to:
- Develop information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and provide expertise in developing ways of communicating such information (e.g. print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools and OSHA's and the IEC's Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.
- Share information with OSHA and other industry safety and health professionals on IEC's best practices and publicize results through outreach by IEC and through OSHA- or IEC-developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum).
- Encourage participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Programs, the On-site Consultation Program, and its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.
OSHA's Safe + Sound Campaign
IEC is a proud sponsor of OSHA's Safe + Sound campaign. This program fosters a proactive approach to managing workplace hazards before they cause injury or illness. Rather than reacting to an incident, management and workers collaborate to identify and solve issues before they occur.
Safety and health programs have been proven to reduce the incidence of workplace injuries and illnesses. While different program models exist, all effective programs revolve around the core principles of:
- Management leadership.
- Worker participation.
- A proactive process for finding and fixing workplace hazards.
Every workplace in America can and should develop, implement, and maintain a safety and health program. Implementing safety and health programs will save employers and the economy billions of dollars in workers' compensation costs, reduce operating costs, increase worker engagement, and provide workers a voice in the workplace. Safety and health programs will help American businesses to be more competitive in the world market and will ensure that every worker can go home at the end of the day uninjured.