February 1, 2007 · Volume 6, 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
Reminder to Employers: Post Injury/Illness Summaries Beginning Today
OSHA Seeking Nominations for Construction Advisory Committee
OSHA Schedules MACOSH Meeting
New Local Emphasis Programs Underway in Missouri
Strategic Partnership Program News
Latest Alliance Activity
'QuickTips' from QuickTakes

Reminder to Employers: Post Injury/Illness Summaries Beginning Today
    Beginning today, employers must post a summary of the total number of job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred last year. Employers are only required to post the Summary (OSHA Form 300A) -- not the OSHA 300 Log -- from Feb. 1 to April 30, 2007. Copies of OSHA Forms 300, 300A and 301 are available on the OSHA Recordkeeping Web page.

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OSHA Seeking Nominations for Construction Advisory Committee
    OSHA is seeking nominations for persons to serve on the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH). ACCSH members advise the assistant secretary on occupational safety and health standards and policy affecting the construction industry. The committee will consist of 15 members. Committee members will be chosen from among a cross-section of individuals representing employers, employees, and state safety and health organizations. Details for the nomination procedure are in the Jan. 24 Federal Register. Nominations must be submitted by Feb. 23, 2007.

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OSHA Schedules MACOSH Meeting
   The Sheraton Inn Harbor in Baltimore is the site for the two-day meeting of the Maritime Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (MACOSH), beginning Feb. 7 at 8:30 a.m. MACOSH focuses on occupational safety and health issues for maritime employees involved in shipbuilding, ship breaking, ship repair, and longshoring. Details on the meeting are in the Jan. 18 Federal Register.

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New Local Emphasis Programs Underway in Missouri
    OSHA's Kansas City, Mo., Region has launched two new Local Emphasis Programs (LEPs) in Missouri to address specific work-related hazards. The first focuses on the reduction of workplace hazards associated with the spray-on bedliner industry, while the second aims to improve the health and safety of employees in the auto body shop industry. LEPs are intended to address hazards or industries that pose particular risks to employees within an OSHA regional or area office jurisdiction.

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Strategic Partnership Program News
    Ensuring the safety and health of construction employees is the goal of three partnerships recently signed with OSHA. The first is among OSHA's Chicago Region, Construction Trades of South Central Wisconsin, and Ryan Companies US Inc. The second is between OSHA's Chicago Region and Allied Construction Industries. The third is between OSHA's Philadelphia Region and the Barton Malow Co.

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Latest Alliance Activity
    National Office: OSHA and the American Pipeline Contractors Association signed a new alliance to help improve the safety and health of employees in the pipeline construction industry. More than one million employees who make up the Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners will benefit from a safer workplace as a result of a new alliance OSHA formed with them and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Region III: OSHA's Philadelphia Region formed a new alliance with the University of Pittsburgh to promote workplace safety and health for rural responders, particularly in preventing exposure to pandemic influenza hazards. Region V: Providing information, guidance and access to training resources that will help healthcare industry employees combat ergonomic hazards is the focus of a new alliance between OSHA's Milwaukee Area Office and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Center for Ergonomics. OSHA's North Aurora, Ill., area office signed an alliance with the Lyondell Chemical Co. to promote a safer work environment at the company's Morris, Ill., complex.

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'QuickTips' from QuickTakes
    Employees involved in shift work, holding high stress jobs, or exposed to certain chemicals or electrical hazards may face a higher risk of heart disease and cardiac arrest. Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are medical devices designed to analyze the heart rhythm and deliver an electric shock to victims of ventricular fibrillation to restore the heart rhythm to normal. Because the use of AEDs can save the lives of employees who experience cardiac arrest while on the job, OSHA is encouraging employers to consider making this equipment available in their workplaces. Here are some of the reasons for having AEDs in the workplace.
  • Onsite AEDs save precious treatment time, and can improve survival odds because they can be used before emergency medical service personnel arrive.
  • A heart rhythm in ventricular fibrillation may only be restored to normal by an electric shock.
  • AEDs are compact, lightweight, portable and battery-operated.
  • The devices are safe and easy to use by those who have been properly trained.

  •     OSHA's Safety and Health Topics page on AEDs features more resource information that will help employers establish an effective AED program and further prevent employee fatalities in the workplace. Look to OSHA for more safety and health 'QuickTips' in your next issue.

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    Editor: Elaine Fraser, OSHA Office of Communications, 202-693-1999