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.
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.
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
- 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
- Raise awareness of, and demonstrate commitment to workplace
safety and health whenever IECNE or the Apprenticeship community is
- Participate in forums, roundtable discussions or stakeholder
meetings to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace to provide
input on safety and health issues.
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