IEC Renews OSHA Alliance, Develops Arc Flash Safety Presentation

Independent Electrical Contractors Inc., a national trade association for merit shop electrical and systems contractors representing more than 3,800 member companies and nearly 100,000 electrical employees, has renewed its alliance with OSHA with the express purpose of reducing and preventing exposure to fall and arc flash hazards and addressing other electrical and motor vehicle safety issues.

Toward this end, IEC developed a fact sheet and slide presentation on OSHA's Electrical Standard Subpart S (29 CFR 1910). Entitled "Arc Flash Safety," the presentation focuses on hot work and arc flash hazards and how to protect oneself against shock and arc flashes or blasts.

"The information and tools this Alliance has developed over the past six years have provided safety and health resources to thousands of electrical industry employees," said Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Thomas M. Stohler. "Working together to develop and share best practices to reduce and prevent workplace injuries is an important part of OSHA’s balanced approach to safety and health."

IEC National President Steve Wiege noted that throughout the years IEC has been in the alliance the association has encouraged its chapters to work collaboratively with OSHA; as a result, he said, a number of individual IEC chapters are implementing Alliance agreements of their own with the agency's regional and area offices and state plan states to focus on safety and health issues including fall, confined space entry, toxic substances, and struck-by hazards. For more information, visit www.osha.gov/dcsp/alliances/iec/iec.html.

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