Safety & Health

Director: David Mullen

202 -728-6040


Protect Yourself from Heat-Related Illness

As we head into the hot summer months, the IBEW is providing members with information from OSHA and NIOSH on measures you should take to prevent heat-related illnesses and deaths.

This link provides you with information on the factors that increase risk to workers, health problems that can be caused by hot environments and the best way to prevent heat illness.

Take some time to read this info sheet and protect yourself from heat-related illnesses.

OSHA Requests Information on Possible Updates to the Lockout/Tagout Standard

OSHA is requesting information about how employers have been using control circuit devices, including information about the types of circuitry and safety procedures being used; limitations of their use, to determine under what conditions control circuit-type devices could be used safely; new risks of worker exposure to hazardous energy as a result of increased interaction with robots; and whether the agency should consider changes to the LOTO standards that would address these new risks.

Comments must be submitted on or before August 18, 2019.
The IBEW anticipates submitting comments and the Safety Department welcomes input from IBEW Local Unions.  

Comments and materials may be submitted electronically at, the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal, or by facsimile or mail. See the Federal Register notice for submission details. 

Registration is open for the 2019 Fall IBEW Safety Caucus

The 2019 IBEW Safety Caucus Fall Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, September 5, 2019, at the Wyndham San Diego Bayside located at 1355 N Harbor Drive, San Diego, California.  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.  The cut-off date for caucus registration is Friday, August 23.  The registration fee for the caucus is $50.00 per person. 

The hotel cut-off date is Friday, July 12.  Reservations may be made online at  Be sure to select “Labor” from the dropdown menu and use the password “NSC2019Labor” to reserve your room at the negotiated rate of $209 per night, single or double occupancy, plus tax.  Reservations may also be made by calling onPeak Monday through Friday, between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time at (866) 575-4156.  To receive the negotiated room rate, be sure to indicate you are booking with the labor block at the Wyndham San Diego Bayside for the NSC Congress and Expo. 

The National Safety Council (NSC) Labor Division Fall Meeting will be held Friday, September 6, 2019, through Sunday, September 8, 2019, also at the Wyndham San Diego Bayside.  Please note the NSC requires a separate registration fee of $250.00 and is a separate meeting from the IBEW Safety Caucus.  Online registration is available at NSC 2019 Congress & Expo.  Be sure to select “Register with a member number” from the dropdown and enter the membership number “240255” when registering for the meeting.  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

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 150-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