March 15, 2006 · Volume 5, 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
Final Rule Issued on Roll-Over Protective Structures Standards
OSHA Offers Guidance on Shipyard Fire Protection Standard
Web-based Training Tool Available for Workers in Printing Industry
New Fact Sheet Available on Safety and Health Topic
OSHA Sponsors Second Annual Emergency Preparedness and Response Conference
OSHA Forms New Strategic Partnerships/Renews Others
Two National Alliances Renewed with OSHA
New Regional Alliances Formed
Voluntary Protection Programs Activity

Final Rule Issued on Roll-Over Protective Structures Standards
    OSHA issued a direct final rule that regulates the testing of roll-over protective structures (ROPS) used to protect employees who operate wheel-type tractors. The rule reinstates the agency's original construction and agriculture standards that had been replaced a decade earlier with references to national consensus standards for testing of ROPS. Details appear in the Feb. 28 Federal Register.

OSHA Offers Guidance on Shipyard Fire Protection Standard
    OSHA recently posted new information on its Web site to help employers and workers better understand the shipyard fire protection standard. Shipyard Fire Protection Frequently Asked Questions is divided into three sections: general questions, fire watch questions, and questions about fuel gas and oxygen supply lines.

Web-based Training Tool Available for Workers in Printing Industry
    Helping workers involved in printing processes stay safe on the job is the purpose of OSHA's new Web-based training tool Ergonomics in the Printing Industry. This eTool, a product of the Graphic Arts Coalition alliance, focuses on workers who may be at risk of developing musculoskeletal disorders from such workplace activities as lifting heavy items, lifting too often, or working in awkward positions.

New Fact Sheet Available on Safety and Health Topic
   The latest addition to OSHA's ongoing series of safety and health fact sheets is Electrical Safety Hazards of Overloading Cable Trays. The fact sheet focuses on hazards associated with overloaded cable trays, and also provides information on relevant standards and regulations on the issue.

OSHA Sponsors Second Annual Emergency Preparedness and Response Conference
   OSHA will be holding its Second Annual Emergency Preparedness and Response Conference at the University of Findlay's School of Environmental and Emergency Management in Findlay, Ohio, June 5-6. This year's theme is "An All Hazards Approach to Health and Safety." The conference offers the opportunity for participants to network with peers, exhibitors, and leaders from industry and government as they work toward ensuring the safety and health of first responders and other workers. Training courses will follow on June 7 and 8. Early registration is encouraged.

OSHA Forms New Strategic Partnerships/Renews Others
    OSHA's New York Region joined with Duke Realty Corporation, and the Building and Construction Trades Council of Buffalo, N.Y., and Vicinity, AFL-CIO this month in a strategic partnership to enhance safety and health protections for workers building BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York's new corporate headquarters in Buffalo. Two partnerships were recently formed with OSHA's Parsippany, N.J., Area Office: the first is with D'Annunzio and Sons Inc., and the New Jersey Department of Transportation, Heavy & Highway Laborers Local 472, Carpenters Local 6 and Teamsters Local 408 to eliminate serious hazards and achieve a high level of worker safety and health on the Route 139 rehabilitation project in Jersey City, N.J.; and the second is with Torcon Inc., and the Morris County Building and Construction Trades Council aimed at providing a safe and healthful work environment for workers constructing the Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital in Greystone Park, N.J. OSHA's Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Area Office renewed its partnership with the Associated General Contractors of America to reduce worker injuries, illnesses and fatalities in the construction industry. OSHA also renewed its national partnership with Koch Industries, based in Wichita, Kan., to continue improving overall safety and health at its subsidiary companies.

Two National Alliances Renewed with OSHA
   OSHA renewed its alliance with the Club Managers Association of America to continue focusing on promoting safe and healthful working conditions for membership club employees. The two organizations will also continue to address safety and health issues related to membership clubs' landscaping and horticultural activities. International Warehouse Logistics Association renewed its alliance with OSHA to further improve worker safety and health in the areas of forklift operations, materials handling, and hazard communication and chemical safety.

New Regional Alliances Formed
    Region II: OSHA's Parsippany, N.J., Area Office teamed up with the Saint John's Episcopal Church in an effort to reduce the number of Hispanic workers-including day laborers-exposed to falls, amputations, electrical and struck-by/crushed-in hazards. A new alliance signed between OSHA's Buffalo, N.Y., Area Office and DiVal Safety Equipment Inc. aims to reduce and prevent Western New York workers' exposure to occupational hazards through training and education programs about workplace dangers associated with the concrete industry, tree trimming operations and public warehousing. Western New York electrical contractors will benefit from an alliance signed between the Buffalo, N.Y., Area Office and the National Electrical Contractors Association Inc. The goal is to assist these workers in identifying and avoiding industry hazards. Region III: Promoting workplace safety and health for students in career and technical centers and vocational technical schools in Pennsylvania is the goal of a newly signed alliance between OSHA's Pennsylvania Area Offices and the state's Department of Education's Bureau of Career and Technical Education. The alliance will give the teaching institutions the opportunity to have authorized trainers and instructors provide safety and health training to the students and equip them with the knowledge and skills in identifying safety and health hazards prior to entering the workforce. Region V: OSHA's Aurora, Calumet City and Chicago North, Ill., Area Offices teamed up with state carpenter and employer organizations to aid in reducing injuries and illnesses at residential construction worksites. Region VI: An alliance recently created between OSHA's Dallas Area Office and the International Association of Foundation Drilling South Central Chapter focuses on furthering the safety and health of construction workers in Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana.

Voluntary Protection Programs Activity
    The following companies were approved this month for new or continued participation in OSHA's Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP): Region I: Modine Manufacturing Co., West Kingston, R.I. (New Star); Wheelabrator Claremont, Claremont, N.H. (New Star) Region II: ExxonMobil Chemical, Edison Synthetics Plant, Edison, N.Y. (Cont. Star) Region III: Allegheny Wood Products, Marble, Pa. (Cont. Star) Region IV: United States Postal Service (USPS), Fayetteville Remote Encoding Center, Fayetteville, N.C. (New Star); Georgia Pacific, Claxton Chip-n-Saw, Claxton, Ga. (Cont. Star) Region V: Rock-Tenn Company, Columbus, Ind. (New Star); BASF, Appleton, Wis. (Cont. Star); Provena Heritage Village, Kankakee, Ill. (Cont. Star); Frito-Lay, Cantor, Ohio (New Star); Hendrickson Trailer, Canton, Ohio (New Star); General Electric, Zenith Controls, Chicago (New Star); Monsanto Agricultural Sector, Waterman, Ill. (New Star); Jacobs Constructors Inc., Haverhill, Ohio (New Star) Region VI: Pactiv Corp., Malvern, Ark. (New Star); NASA, Ellington Field - Aircraft Operations Division, Houston, Texas (New Star); International Paper, Pineville Mill, Pineville, La. (Cont. Star); Oxy Vinyls, Pasadena PVC Plant, Pasadena, Texas (Cont. Star); Oxy Vinyls, Deer Park PVC/Caustic Plant, Deer Park, Texas (Cont. Star); Oxy Vinyls, Battleground Chlor/Alkali Plant, Deer Park, Texas (Cont. Star); Pace Industries, Harrison, Ark. (New Star); Instrument & Valve Services Co., Gonzales, La. (Cont. Star); Bay Ltd. at Valero Refining Texas City, Friendswood, Texas (New Star); Jacobs Sverdrup - Engineering and Science Contract Group at NASA-Johnson Space Center, Houston (Cont. Star); Austin Industrial at Lyondell Chemical La Porte Complex, Houston (Cont. Star); Chevron Briarpark Technology Center, Houston (Cont. Star) Region VII: Delta Air Lines/STL Airport Customer Service, St. Louis (New Star); USPS, Norfolk Processing & Distribution Facility, Norfolk, Neb. (New Star) Region VIII: ASI Inc., Rapid City, S.D. (New Star) and Region X: BP Exploration Alaska, Gas Plants, Prudhoe Bay, Alaska (New Star); Quadrant Homes Fern Crest, Kent, Wash. (New Star); Quadrant Homes Pioneer, Renton, Wash. (New Star).

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