March 15, 2004 · Volume 3, Issue 6
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
U.S. Hosts World Congress on Safety and Health at Work
Society of Plastics Industry Renews Alliance with OSHA
Ricin Newest Subject on Safety and Health Topics Page
FACOSH Schedules March Meeting
OSHA Reschedules Cranes and Derricks Meeting
Construction Partnerships Launched in Toledo, Cincinnati
New Alliances Established in Chicago, New York, Philadelphia Regions
Workplace Safety Seminars Offered in Arkansas, Illinois
Safety Training for Residential Construction on Tap in Idaho
Arizona Contractor Welcomed into Voluntary Protection Program
Missouri Employer Recognized for Safety and Health Management
Voluntary Protection Program Activity
OSHA Certifies Newest "SHARP" Companies


U.S. Hosts World Congress on Safety and Health at Work
     "Prevention in a Globalized World-Success Through Partnerships" sets the agenda for the 2005 World Congress on Safety and Health at Work in Orlando, FL, Sept 18-22, 2005. The World Congress is an international forum of professionals who meet every three years to exchange ideas, research and best practices on occupational safety and health issues. The Labor Department (OSHA, MSHA and ILAB), along with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) are participating as government partners on the National Organizing Committee. The National Safety Council, the American host for the conference and one of the organizers, has issued a "Call for Papers" from those interested in submitting research and practice-oriented contributions. Deadline is March 31, 2004.

Society of Plastics Industry Renews Alliance with OSHA
     One of OSHA's first Alliance Program participants has decided to keep a positive initiative on track. The Society of the Plastics Industry, Inc. (SPI), signed a two-year renewal with OSHA, March 4, to continue focusing on reducing amputations and ergonomic hazards. SPI's Alliance was first launched in September 2002. OSHA Administrator John Henshaw said the renewal "validates the value of cooperative relationships" and "is a testament to SPI's desire to keep their industry's workers safe."

Ricin Newest Subject on Safety and Health Topics Page
    OSHA has added an important subject on its Safety and Health Topics Page. The discovery of ricin on a mail-opening machine closed three Senate office buildings in the nation's capitol last month. Although no illnesses or deaths resulted, the toxin can be used as a bioterrorist weapon in the workplace. OSHA's information on the toxin includes hazard recognition, emergency response, and control and prevention, and also includes links to additional resources.

FACOSH Schedules March Meeting
     The Federal Advisory Council on Occupational Safety and Health (FACOSH) will meet March 29 in Washington. The council, composed of eight labor officials representing federal employees and eight management representatives from various federal agencies, advises OSHA on issues concerning the safety and health of federal employees. Open to the public, the council will meet from 1:30-4:30 p.m. in Room N-3437 at the Labor Department Building, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. Details are published in the March 9, 2004 Federal Register.

OSHA Reschedules Cranes and Derricks Meeting
    The Cranes and Derricks Negotiated Rulemaking Committee will meet in Washington, D.C., May 4-7. The meeting was originally scheduled for March 29. Notice of the change is published in today's Federal Register. The 23-member committee is composed of representatives of government, labor and industry chartered to function as a part of OSHA's rulemaking process to revise the existing standards for cranes and derricks in construction.

Construction Partnerships Launched in Toledo, Cincinnati
    Two partnerships signed recently assure better health and safety for hundreds of construction workers in Ohio. The Toledo Area Office joined earlier this month with construction contractors, organized labor and state and local government agencies throughout the area for the Toledo Public Schools Project that involves renovation, demolition and new construction of numerous schools. Expected to take 10 to 12 years, the project will involve more than 100 contractors and some 300 employees at various sites. OSHA's Area Office in Cincinnati inked an agreement March 2 with the Hunt Construction Group and project trade contractors at the Cincinnati Convention Center Expansion and Renovation Project, impacting more than 1,500 workers through December 2006.

New Alliances Established in Chicago, New York, Philadelphia Regions
    OSHA's area offices throughout Wisconsin joined in an Alliance last month with the Wisconsin Dental Association to develop dental-specific training programs and promote the use of the state's Health Consultation Service. OSHA's New York Region added two Alliances to its program. The Safety Council of Upstate New York and the New York State Department of Labor's On-Site Consultation Program have joined forces with four area offices in the region to improve the safety and health of workers in upstate New York, focusing on workplace violence, motor vehicle safety and highway work zone safety. Outreach to Hispanic workers is the subject of a March 10 agreement involving five area offices in the New York region with the New York Metropolitan Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers. OSHA's Philadelphia Region recently aligned with the New Jersey Hospital Association to focus on health and safety for hospital and long-term healthcare workers. OSHA's area offices throughout New Jersey are participating.

Workplace Safety Seminars Offered in Arkansas, Illinois
    OSHA's Little Rock Area Office is offering free seminars this month and next for Arkansas health care workers on the proper use and disposal of needles. The sessions will focus on the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act and detail the agency's bloodborne pathogens standard. The training is scheduled for Fayetteville on March 23, followed by Mountain Home on March 24, and El Dorado on April 21. Contact the Little Rock office at (501) 324-6291 to register and to obtain more information. Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove, IL, is the site for a special forum on safety and health for small businesses, March 17. The seminar, co-sponsored by OSHA's North Aurora, IL Area Office, will highlight various topics including machine guarding, forklifts, fire safety and hazardous materials, accident investigations, and young worker safety. Cost for the session is $35; advance registration is required by calling the college at (630) 906-4120 or 4196.

Safety Training for Residential Construction on Tap in Idaho
    OSHA's Seattle Region recently teamed up with the Idaho Associated General Contractors (Idaho AGC) and the Idaho Building Contractors Association to develop a training program for residential construction companies in the state. The training, designed for owners, managers, supervisors and foremen, includes a review of OSHA standards for residential construction, as well as an overview of fall protection systems and equipment. Training classes are scheduled for March 17, March 18, April 6 and April 28 in various parts of Idaho. For more information or to register, contact Idaho AGC's Safety Program Manager Lisa Losness at (208) 344-2531 or lisal@agcidaho.org.

Arizona Contractor Welcomed into Voluntary Protection Program
    Successful and sustained workplace safety at Fort Huachuca Army Base in Arizona has resulted in the addition of the newest member of OSHA's Voluntary Protection Program, March 11. Kellogg, Brown and Root contractors were recognized for their outstanding safety and health program. The company's employees and three sub-contractors provide facilities support and management services for the base.

Missouri Employer Recognized for Safety and Health Management
    Monsanto Ag of Matthews, MO, will continue to fly the flag recognizing excellence in effective safety and health management. The plant, which employs 70 workers engaged in crop preparation services for market, renewed their participation in the prestigious "Star" Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) in ceremonies held March 3. According to Charles E. Adkins, OSHA's Regional Administrator in Kansas City, MO, top level management's active participation has been a key to the effectiveness of the company's safety and health program. Monsanto Ag was initially approved for the "Star" program in August 2000.

Voluntary Protection Program Activity
    The following companies were approved recently for new or continued participation in OSHA's Voluntary Protection Program (VPP): Region II: Torcon, Inc., at Valley Hospital , Ridgewood, NJ (Cont. Star); Valero Petroleum Refinery, Paulsboro, NJ (New Star); Alstom Power Inc., Air Preheater Company, (Cont. Star); Region III: Rohm & Haas, Philadelphia, PA (Cont. Star); Vertis Direct Marketing, Chalfont, PA (Cont. Star); US Postal Service, Reagan National Airport Mail Center, Washington, DC (New Star); Region IV: USPS, Hickory Processing & Distribution Facility, Hickory, NC (New Merit); Region V: Lucas Milhaupt, Cudahy, WI (Cont. Star); and Region VI: Union Carbide Corp., Hahnville, LA (New Star).

OSHA Certifies Newest "SHARP" Companies
    OSHA recently certified the following companies as Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) sites: Region I: Wafios Machinery Corp., Branford, CT; Infoshred, LLC, South Windsor, CT; Quality Spraying & Stenciling Company, RI; Region II: C.H. Thompson Company, Binghamton, NY; Woodside Manor Nursing Home, Rochester, NY; Tarrant Manufacturing, Saratoga Springs, NY; Warren Tire Service Center, Inc., Glens Falls, NY; Indian River Nursing Home, Inc., Granville, NY; Advion Biosciences, Inc., Ithaca, NY; American Boiler, Tank & Welding Co. Inc., Albany, NY; Inter-Lakes Health, Inc., Ticonderoga, NY; Precise Technology, Inc., Swedesboro, NJ; Finetex, Inc., Elmwood Park, NJ; Ideal Jacobs Corp., Maplewood, NJ; The Phantom Laboratory, Salem, NY; Cambridge Valley Machining, Inc., Cambridge, NY; Fishkill Health Related Center, Beacon, NY, Curtis Lumber Company, Schuylerville, NY; Region III: Welty Home for the Aged (doing business as) Good Shepherd Nursing Home, Wheeling, WV; Bradley Lifting, York, PA; MetalTech, Pittsburgh, PA; F.P. International, Newark, DE; Liquid Container, L.P., Newark, DE; Nixon Uniform Service, Inc., Wilmington, DE; Region IV: Phoenix Stamping Group, LLC, Atlanta, GA; H.J. Baker & Brothers, Inc., Albertville, AL; Hired Hand, Inc., Bremen, AL; The Oaks of Clearwater, Clearwater, FL; AcousticFab, Inc., Sanford, FL; Howell Branch Court, Winter Park, FL; ACT Corporation, Deland, FL; T.W. Metals, Charlotte, NC; Roanoke Rapids Sanitary District, Roanoke Rapids, NC; and Region VII: Stanton Health Center, Stanton, NB.

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