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EEI Contractor Safety Initiative

Session Type: Pre-Convention Workshops
Track Number: PW-8
Location: BCEC
Room: 158
Speaker: Charles J. Kelly, Director, Industry Human Res. Issues, Edison Electric Institute

Date: Saturday, October 02, 2010
Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM


This panel presentation provides attendees with an overview of the new Contractor Safety Initiative Program developed by the Edison Electrical Institute (EEI). EEI recognizes that more contractors are performing work on utility systems. This new safety initiative is an effort to align the safety principles and practices of the utilities with those of the contactors performing work on utility property and systems. The program addresses primarily line construction and outside work. Key input was provided from contractor representatives and members of the ETD OSHA Partnership so that consistent safety philosophies are applied in the planning and execution of this work whether performed by utility workers or contractors. The overall objective of the initiative is to assist in defining and aligning the industry’s expectations when it comes to contractor safety management. This effort is expected to help bridge the gap between utility safety expectations and contractor culture as well as creating a better understanding of the expectation by both the contractor and utility on the roles of both. The expectations of safety programs and safety-related work practices are the same.

Speaker Bio:

Mr. Kelly joined the Edison Electric Institute in 1989 as its Manager, Occupational Safety and Health. Since that time he has been charged with handling various other Human Resource issues and is now Director, Industry Human Resource Issues. Mr. Kelly's responsibilities at EEI include all regulatory and legislative activities regarding Occupational Safety & Health, Labor Relations as well as other key Human Resource initiatives. He is also a member of the National Safety Council’s Board of Delegates, and past Chairman of the Standards & Procedures Committee as well as Vice Chairman of the Workplace Venue Committee. He is the former Chairman of the Board of Directors for The Workplace Health & Safety Council, a Washington, D.C. based business coalition. He is a graduate of West Virginia University.

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