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USDOL, CONN-OSHA To Sign Training Alliances With Electrical Contractors, Apprenticeship

For immediate release
September 10, 2008

WETHERSFIELD - The Connecticut Department of Labor’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (CONN-OSHA) and the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration will sign two Alliance Agreements on Sept. 11 – both geared toward further protecting employees’ safety and health.

One of the two-year pacts will be signed with State of Connecticut’s Office of Apprenticeship Training, while the other will be an agreement with the Independent Electrical Contractors of New England Inc. (IECNE).

The 2 p.m. signing event will take place at the IECNE’s Training Center, 1800 Silas Deane Highway in Wethersfield. Attendees will include State Labor Commissioner Patricia H. Mayfield; Marthe Kent, Regional Administrator for the U.S. Department of Labor; Kenneth Tucker, CONN-OSHA Consultation Program Manager; and C. William Freeman, Area Director for the Hartford OSHA Area Office.

For the apprenticeship community, the pact will provide members of the trade association with additional expertise in developing training and education programs, as well as increased access to training resources to protect employees’ safety and health. The pact will provide IECNE members in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Vermont with added training and education guidance and programs regarding electrical safe work practices, scaffolding, trenching, fall protection, caught in-between and struck-by hazards.

According to State Labor Commissioner Patricia H. Mayfield, the Alliance Agreement provides for a voluntary program that offers the expertise and resources of CONN-OSHA and federal  OSHA at no cost to participants.

“These Alliances offer unique, cooperative agreements between this agency and a partner organization which allows us to share information, provide guidance and access training resources that will help to protect employees’ safety and health,” Mayfield noted. ”Designed to open a national dialogue, it has proven successful in promoting enhanced training and education, along with outreach and communication for workplace safety and health issues.”

Through the Alliance, Tucker said, participants will work in partnership to achieve the following training and education goals:

  • Deliver, arrange, or help develop Train-the-Trainer courses.
  • Provide expertise to develop workplace safety and health curricula on work safe practices.
  • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding best practices or effective approaches.
  • Publicize and promote best practices through outreach and training programs, workshops, seminars, lectures and other applicable forums.
  • Raise awareness of, and demonstrate commitment to workplace safety and health whenever IECNE or the Apprenticeship community is addressing groups.
  • Participate in forums, roundtable discussions or stakeholder meetings to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace to provide input on safety and health issues.

According to Tucker, each Alliance will develop an implementation team comprised of representatives from all parties to create a plan of action, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the participants. In addition, they will meet at least three times a year to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance. 

Media Contact: Nancy Steffens  (860) 263-6535

200 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield, CT 06109 / Phone: 860-263-6000

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