|January 15, 2009 · Volume 8, Issue 2|
|A twice monthly e-news memo with information, updates, and results from OSHA about safety and health in America's workplaces.|
In This IssueRevised field operations manual enhances enforcement and compliance assistance
Revised Voluntary Protection Programs expands participants' eligibility
Final rule published on vertical tandem lifts
Final rule issued on employers' duty to provide PPE and train employees
OSHA enforcement programs help assure safe and healthful workplaces
Labor Department, Cintas settle pending federal OSHA cases
Outreach Training Program helps foster safer and healthful workplaces
OSHA shares safety information at International Builders' Show
Construction safety is focus of "OSU-OSHA Safety Day"
Education center at Eastern Kentucky University provides training in Louisville
Mid-America OTI Education Center conference offers Outreach Training Program session
Strategic partnership program news
Voluntary Protection Programs newest list of participants is available on We
"QuickTips:" Alarm systems are crucial during workplace emergencies
A revised Field Operations Manual (FOM) now provides compliance safety and health officers (CSHOs) with a single source of updated information and guidance to more effectively protect employees from occupational injuries, illnesses and fatalities. This document assists CSHOs in scheduling and conducting inspections, enforcing regulations, and encouraging continual improvement in workplace safety and health.
OSHA is changing its Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) to allow participation by companies with mobile workforces. VPP, the agency's recognition initiative for workplace safety and health excellence, will provide new options for construction contractors and other employers who may have employees at various locations. Other VPP changes for eligible organizations include a streamlined application process, outreach and mentoring, and on-site workplace evaluations. These changes are effective May 9. For more information, refer to the Jan. 9 Federal Register.
OSHA published a final rule on improving the safety of longshoring employees who work with vertical tandem lifts. The rule will reduce hazards related to lifting two containers at a time using cranes by ensuring that safe work practices are followed. Details are available in the Dec. 10 Federal Register.
OSHA issued a final rule on Clarification of Employers' Duty to Provide Personal Protective Equipment and Train Each Employee. The rule revises OSHA standards to clarify that, for employers to be in compliance, they must provide personal protective equipment (PPE) and hazards training for each employee covered by the standards. More information is available in the Dec. 12 Federal Register.
There will be more employees coming home healthy and uninjured each day thanks to OSHA's enforcement efforts. Innovative approaches such as the Enhanced Enforcement Program, Site Specific Targeting and National Emphasis Programs are methods OSHA uses to target the most hazardous workplaces and employers with high injury and illness rates. To learn more about how OSHA's enforcement programs have helped improve workplace safety and health, examine the enforcement activity fact sheet.
OSHA reached an agreement with Cintas Inc. that the company will pay almost $3 million in penalties to resolve six cases currently pending before the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. All of the cases involve citations OSHA issued to Cintas for failing to lock out hazardous energy sources on industrial laundry equipment while employees were servicing the equipment. One case arose from OSHA's investigation of a fatal accident in which an employee fell into a dryer while attempting to correct a jammed conveyor.
Workplaces continue to grow safer and more healthful everyday because of the Outreach Training Program, OSHA's primary way to train employees in the basics of occupational safety and health. During fiscal year 2008, almost 680,000 students were trained and 44,000 classes were held. This 30 percent increase from the previous year represents the largest annual growth in the last ten years. To learn more about OSHA's Outreach Training Program, visit the Directorate of Training and Education Resources Web page.
OSHA will showcase an exhibit and distribute compliance assistance and other informative materials to attendees at the International Builders' Show in Las Vegas, Jan. 20-23. This is the housing industry's largest single event and is expected to attract professionals involved in residential or light commercial construction.
OSHA's Columbus, Ohio, Area Office has teamed with The Ohio State University (OSU), and several local construction companies and contractor associations, to sponsor OSU-OSHA Safety Day on Jan. 27, 2009 at OSU's Fawcett Center. Construction managers, employees and safety personnel are expected to participate. Admission is free for students in the university's construction management programs. Click here for more details.
The OSHA Training Institute Education Center at Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) is offering the OSHA #510 Occupational Safety and Health Standards for Construction course Jan. 27–30 in Louisville, Ky. This course for private sector personnel covers OSHA policies, procedures and standards, and construction safety and health principles. Click here for additional course offerings this spring in Louisville. Visit EKU's Web site for a complete listing of training opportunities.
An OSHA Outreach Training Program Trainer Update session is being offered at the Mid-America OSHA Training Institute Education Center's Safety & Training Conference at the Dayton, Ohio, Convention Center, Jan. 22. OSHA officials and safety training industry representatives will provide Outreach Training Program instructors with updates, best practices and details on new OSHA targeted training programs. For more information, contact 866-444-4412.
Visit "recent approvals" on the Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) page of OSHA's Web site to view the current list of employers approved for new or continued participation in VPP. We encourage you to examine the entire VPP site to learn more about how cooperative programs can help protect employees and reduce workers' compensation costs.
OSHA posted more safety- and health-related conference and meeting information to the events page on its Web site. Look for activities in your area.
As we "ring" in the new year, OSHA wants to call to your attention to another "ringing" of great importance to our daily working lives—the sound of emergency alarm systems. Here are some suggestions for guaranteeing that your workplace has adequate means of alerting its employees in the event of an emergency.
The employee alarm systems section in OSHA's Evacuation Plans and Procedures eTool provides employers with more details on the standard designed to reduce the severity of workplace incidents and injuries by ensuring that alarm systems operate properly and that procedures are in place to alert employees to workplace emergencies. Look for more "QuickTips" on a new occupational safety and health topic in the next issue of QuickTakes.
Editor: Elaine Fraser, OSHA Office of Communications, 202-693-1999, www.osha.gov