|July 15, 2009 · Volume 8, Issue 14|
|A twice monthly e-news product with information about workplace safety and health.|
In This IssueOSHA launches Texas construction safety initiative
Federal worker safety is focus of nationwide inspection program
Inspection targeting program focuses on airport control tower worker safety
OSHA co-hosts free safety seminar for foundry industry
Kentucky OTI Education Center extends training to other cities
GCA Trades Academy partners with OTI Education Center to expand training opportunities
VPPPA hosts Special Government Employee training at annual conference
Strategic partnership aids in reducing injuries and illnesses at Air Force base
QuickTips on preventing hazards in construction
Texas experiences more construction industry fatalities than any other state, so OSHA launched a new construction safety initiative throughout Texas. A team of OSHA compliance safety and health officers from around the country will inspect Texas construction sites to help keep Texas construction workers alive and healthy.
OSHA is continuing its nationwide program to emphasize workplace safety and health for federal workers and contractors whose work is overseen by federal staff. The Federal Agency Targeting Inspection Program directive, developed in 2008, provides the procedures OSHA field staff must follow when conducting safety inspections at some of the most hazardous federal worksites.
OSHA will target inspections of airport traffic control towers to ensure exit routes are in place in the event of a fire or other emergency under the "Federal Aviation Administration's Airport Traffic Control Tower Monitoring Program." This program provides inspectors with instructions for monitoring the FAA's compliance to the "FAA Alternate Standard for Fire Safety in Airport Traffic Control Towers."
OSHA's Toledo, Ohio, Area Office and Ohio's on-site consultation program will host a free occupational safety and health seminar Sept. 2-3 at the National City Bank Auditorium in Toledo for foundry and other molten metal industries. Participants will learn about the most common industry hazards and how to avoid them, establishing an industrial hygiene program, personal protective equipment best practices, and OSHA emphasis programs, among other topics. For more information and to register, contact 419-259-7542.
The Eastern Kentucky University OSHA Training Institute Education Center of Richmond, Ky., is offering OSHA training courses this fall in Louisville and Greenup, Ky. Training options include occupational safety and health standards in general industry and construction, and train-the-trainer courses. For additional information, contact Josh Dahl at 859-622-2961 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Guam Contractors Association Trades Academy now serves as a satellite campus for the Chabot Las Positas OSHA Training Institute Education Center thanks to a partnership between the two. The Academy is adopting the college's OSHA training program in anticipation of the island's U.S. military buildup and the need for training local workers to fill safety positions at federal contract sites.
Special Government Employee training will be offered Aug. 21-23 in conjunction with the Voluntary Protection Programs Participants' Association annual conference Aug. 24-27 in San Antonio. SGEs are qualified volunteers from VPP sites who assist with conducting on-site evaluations at no cost to OSHA for new VPP applicants or current participants. For more information, visit the SGE Web page.
OSHA and the U.S. Air Force formed an OSHA Strategic Partnership in August 2007 to provide an infrastructure for Department of Defense Air Force installations to earn future VPP recognition. Nearly 20 Air Force bases are covered under this partnership, including Altus Air Force Base in Oklahoma. Prior to the partnership, AAFB was one of DoD's top 10 hazardous worksites. According to the partnership's evaluation, the base has lower injury and illness rates and fewer lost workdays resulting from employees working together with their managers in analyzing the worksite and preventing hazards.
Construction is at its peak during the summer, so OSHA is reminding employers and workers about the potential hazards they can face on the job. OSHA's Preventing Fatal Falls in Construction and Construction Safety and Health Topics Web pages are resources to help employers and workers identify hazards and possible solutions to those hazards. Visit OSHA's Web site and publications page for more information on how to protect workers and prevent workplace injuries and fatalities.
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Editor: Elaine Fraser, OSHA Office of Communications, 202-693-1999