OSHA Alliance Enhances Damage Prevention Outreach

Eric Harbin, OSHA Region 6 Administrator and DPC of Texas President John Sparks sign the alliance.

By Doug Meeks, Vice President – Damage Prevention Council of Texas

The Damage Prevention Council of Texas (DPC) and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have entered into an official alliance designed to educate employers and employees in all 254 counties in Texas about the hazards associated with trenching and excavation.

This two-year educational outreach partnership aligns perfectly with our mission “To facilitate underground utility and pipeline damage prevention, promote best practices, and contribute toward public safety and environmental protection through stakeholder education and communication.” The alliance is also a critical component of our 2020 initiative to attract occupational safety professionals into our cooperative with the ultimate goal of influencing excavator and operator line management to participate in DPC meetings and events. Expect to see OSHA Compliance Assistance Specialists partnering with Damage Prevention Managers to kick off regional Chapter meetings with a safety moment and participating in trench shoring demonstrations at regional excavation safety days.

For additional information, visit www.dpcoftexas.org

DPC of Texas Officers (pictured from left) Jesse Torres, Director, Tina Sanders, Secretary, John Sparks, President, Ketha Molina, Treasurer, and, Doug Meeks, Vice President, celebrate the document signing in front of The Alamo.