Safety & Health

Director: David Mullen

202 -728-6040


2018 Fall Safety Caucus Registration is Now Open

The 2018 IBEW Safety Caucus Fall Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, October 18, 2018, at the Marriott Marquis Houston located at 1777 Walker Street, Houston, Texas.  Safety issues and initiatives important to IBEW members from all trade jurisdictions will be discussed during the caucus and all local unions are encouraged to send delegates.  Online registration is available through Local Connections through Friday, October 5.  The registration fee for the caucus is $50.00 per person.

Delegates are responsible for their own hotel reservations.  The hotel cut-off date is Friday, August 24.  Reservations may be made online through Local Connections.  When making online reservations, please select “Labor” from the drop-down menu and use the password LAB2018Houston.  Reservations may also be made by calling onPeak at (866) 575-4156 and mentioning Labor Room Block to receive the room rate of $269.00 single or double occupancy, plus tax.   

The National Safety Council (NSC) Labor Division Fall Meeting will be held Friday, October 19, through Sunday, October 21, also at the Marriott Marquis Houston.  Please note the NSC requires a separate registration fee of $250.00 and is a separate meeting from the IBEW Safety Caucus.  Delegates to the IBEW Safety Caucus are not required to attend the NSC Meeting; however, beginning with the 32nd International Convention, delegates have unanimously passed resolutions recommending that all local unions join and support the NSC. Please contact the NSC for questions regarding the meeting and its registration at 

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact Safety & Health Department Director David Mullen at (202) 728-6040 or by email to

Department of Labor proposes extension of some Beryllium Standard Compliance dates

OSHA announced a proposed rule to extend the compliance date for certain ancillary requirements of the general industry beryllium standard to Dec. 12, 2018. It would apply to all processes, operations, or areas where workers may be exposed to materials containing beryllium falling under the scope of the general industry standard.

OSHA also introduced a memo stating that the ancillary requirements that are affected by this rule making will not be enforced until June 25, 2018. Any provisions for which the standard already establishes compliance dates in 2019 (change room & showers) and 2020 (engineering controls) are unaffected by this rule.

There is a 30 day comment period in which anyone may submit comments. Click here to comment.

NEW IBEW Life Saving Award Announced

International President Lonnie Stephenson is pleased to announce a new IBEW Life Saving Award. 

For many years, our Brotherhood has been extremely proud of the many members who have performed the most noble of all services – the saving of a human life. Many of our members have prepared themselves for such an emergency by taking first-aid and safety training courses.

The IBEW recognizes those that perform this honorable act with the IBEW Life Saving Award. Traditionally two types of awards have been given. A third category is now being recognized. 

The IBEW Life Saving Award- Non – Member (New).  This award will be presented to recognize a non-IBEW member who, by direct personal involvement, saves the life of an IBEW member.

Although here is no formal application for an IBEW Life Saving Award, all nominations shall be submitted by the president or business manager of the candidate’s local union, or in the case of the Non-Member Award, the local union of the member whose life was saved. A letter complying with the following items is the only requirement for the submission for an award.

Please click on the Life Saving Award Process PDF icon in the upper right corner of this page for the nominating process and criteria for each of the three IBEW Life Saving Awards.

About the IBEW Safety Caucus:

The IBEW convenes an exclusive IBEW only safety caucus twice yearly. Both meetings are held in conjunction with the National Safety Council Labor Division’s regularly scheduled meetings - first in the spring, and again in the fall. The spring meeting program is set for one and a half days, and because of time constraints the fall meeting program is scheduled for one day. The safety caucus provides the 100-plus IBEW members that regularly attend the caucus necessary time to discuss issues that are critical in furthering occupational safety and health for IBEW members.

International President Stephenson continues to affirm the commitment from his office to the future of the caucus, and directs delegates to align their focus toward an advisory role to the international office on safety matters affecting IBEW members.

For more information about the meetings or the NSC, you may contact IBEW Safety Director David Mullen at 202-728-6040 or 

About the Safety & Health Department:

The Safety and Health Department is assigned responsibilities related to safety and health involving all trade jurisdictions of the IBEW. The department’s primary focus is occupational safety, although home, community, and personal safety and health issues frequently require departmental attention.

Local unions are required to report serious lost time accidents and fatalities using the web based accident reporting system.



Recording and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illness
Recording and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illness