February 1, 2005 · Volume 4, Issue 3
A bi-weekly e-news memo with information, updates, and results from OSHA about safety and health in America's workplaces.
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In This Issue
FY2006 Budget Scheduled to be Announced Feb. 7
Public Hearings Scheduled on Hexavalent Chromium Rulemaking
Injury and Illness Posting Requirements Effective This Month
New Web Page Highlights Noise and Hearing Conservation
Construction Committee Schedules February Meeting in Illinois
Regional Partnerships Signed in Chicago, Atlanta, Kansas City
Latest Publications Highlight Teen Workers, Concrete and Warehouse Safety
Philadelphia, New York, Kansas City Regions Form New Alliances
VPP Recognition Granted to Sites in New York, Delaware
Cleveland Office to Participate in Business Emergency Planning Association Conference
Voluntary Protection Programs Activity


FY2006 Budget Scheduled to be Announced Feb. 7
     The President's Fiscal Year 2006 budget for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will continue to promote a balanced approach to workplace safety and health emphasizing enforcement, compliance assistance and outreach programs, and cooperative programs. The administration's FY2006 budget for federal agencies will be announced February 7. Visit OSHA's website next week for details on the budget proposal.

Public Hearings Scheduled on Hexavalent Chromium Rulemaking
    Interested members of the public will have an opportunity to learn more about OSHA's rulemaking on occupational exposure to hexavalent chromium as two weeks of public hearings begin today in Washington, D.C. OSHA is proposing to lower its permissible exposure limit for the compound (widely used in the chemical industry in pigments and metal plating, and also for stainless steel production and anti-corrosion coatings). The hearings will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. daily in the auditorium of the Labor Department Building, 200 Constitution Avenue, N.W.

Injury and Illness Posting Requirements Effective This Month
   Employers are reminded that beginning today, a summary of workplace injuries and illnesses that occurred last year must be posted for three months. The summary (OSHA Form 300A) must list the total number of job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred in 2004 and were logged on the OSHA 300 form (Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses). Employers must display the form in a common area wherever notices to workers are normally posted. The annual requirement is part of OSHA's recordkeeping regulations.

New Web Page Highlights Noise and Hearing Conservation
    OSHA recently added a new electronic assistance tool on its website to highlight the prevention of occupational hearing loss. The Noise and Hearing Conservation eTool features information on potential health effects of occupational noise, and provides guidance on evaluating noise exposure, while presenting examples of functional hearing conservation programs. The link also provides references and resources on OSHA's standards and requirements related to the issue. The eTool is a joint product of OSHA's Alliance with the National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA).

Construction Committee Schedules February Meeting in Illinois
   The Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH) has scheduled its next meeting for Feb. 17 at the Holiday Inn Select O'Hare in Rosemont, IL, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Workgroup meetings will include rollover protective structures and trenching. ACCSH meetings are open to the public.

Regional Partnerships Signed in Chicago, Atlanta, Kansas City
   Improving safety and health for workers in construction, sheet metal and air conditioning, and electrical industries is the focus of four regional partnerships signed last month. The Calumet City, IL Area Office signed an agreement with local contractors, labor associations and government organizations to focus on worker safety during the McCormick Place West Expansion Project. OSHA's Atlanta-East Area Office's recent partnership with business, labor organizations and Georgia Tech, highlights safety concerns for electrical workers, while staff of the Jacksonville, FL Area Office will use their Jan. 26 partnership with contractors and South Florida consultants to spotlight safety and health for construction workers at the Jacksonville Terminal Expansion Project. Finally, the Kansas City Chapter of the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Association signed on with OSHA's Kansas City Region to address work hazards in both industries.

Latest Publications Highlight Teen Workers, Concrete and Warehouse Safety
    OSHA recently added four new publications to the list of agency informative materials to help advance workplace safety and health. They include a Teen Worker Brochure and Teen Poster that focus on the rights and responsibilities of young men and women in the workplace. The agency also produced two new publications in its Worker Safety Series highlighting concrete manufacturing and warehousing.

Philadelphia, New York, Kansas City Regions Form New Alliances
    The Greater Hazelton (PA) Chamber of Commerce is aligning with OSHA's Philadelphia Region to promote workplace safety and health. The Alliance will highlight a series of five seminars on occupational safety and health issues. Workers in New York's concrete masonry manufacturing industry are set to benefit from an Alliance signed last month between OSHA's New York Region, the New York Concrete Masonry Association (NYSCMA) and the New York State On-Site Consultation Program. Finally, OSHA's Kansas City Region formed an Alliance with the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) Business Resources to develop occupational safety and health-related training and education programs for students from business, governmental agencies and non-profit organizations.

VPP Recognition Granted to Sites in New York, Delaware
    OSHA's New York Region recently recognized three facilities for excellence in worker safety and health. The Exxon Mobil Business and Research Centre in Macedon, NY, and the Pactiv Canandaigua Technical Center in Canandaigua, NY, both received renewed membership in OSHA's Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) "Star" program. The U.S. Postal Service's Processing and Distribution Center in Syracuse, NY, was also recognized by OSHA when it received its "Star" flag in ceremonies yesterday. Lastly, Newark, DE-based GE Power Systems Composites received its membership in the VPP "Star" Program from OSHA's Philadelphia Region at a recognition ceremony, Jan. 19.

Cleveland Office to Participate in Business Emergency Planning Association Conference
   OSHA's Area Office in Cleveland is scheduled to participate in the 7th Annual Business Emergency Planning Association (BEPA) Conference and Exhibition on March 4. Presented by the Greater Cleveland Chapter of the American Red Cross, the conference helps businesses and industries prepare for, and respond to and recover from, interruptions resulting from natural or man-made disasters and other crisis events. OSHA's Cleveland office will set up an exhibit booth with compliance assistance and informative materials for attendees.

Voluntary Protection Programs Activity
    The following companies were approved recently for new or continued participation in OSHA's Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP): Region I: Unum Provident Corporation, Portland, ME (Cont. Star) Region V: GE Harley Products, Twinsburg, OH (New Star); Lima Memorial Hospital, Lima, OH (Cont. Star); GE Healthcare, Information Technologies, Milwaukee, WI (New Star) Region VII: Delta Air Lines, Kansas City, MO (New Star); and Region X: Welco Lumber Co., Naples, ID (New Star).

Editor: Bill Wright, OSHA Office of Communications, 202-693-1999