April 1, 2007 · Volume 6, Issue 7
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
2007 Teen Public Awareness Campaign Focuses on Construction
OSHA Issues Revised Guide to Help Protect Employees from Amputations
OSHA Publishes Waste Treatment Facility 'Design for Safety' Case Study
OSHA to Support 2007 Campaign to Protect Highway Employees
Latest OSHA QuickCard® Focuses on Pest Control Pyrotechnics
WERC Added to OSHA and International Warehouse Logistics Association Alliance
Latest Strategic Partnership Activity
Newest "SHARP" Certifications
Upcoming Events
'QuickTips' from QuickTakes

2007 Teen Public Awareness Campaign Focuses on Construction
    Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Edwin G. Foulke, Jr., will launch OSHA's 2007 Teen Summer Job Safety Campaign during an April 17 event at Thomas Edison High School of Technology in Silver Spring, Md. This year's theme is "Construction: Build a Safe Work Foundation." The 2007 campaign is part of a multi-year project to increase awareness about workplace hazards for young employees and their parents. It focuses on industries in which young people are likely to work during their high school and college years.

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OSHA Issues Revised Guide to Help Protect Employees from Amputations
    Anyone responsible for the operation, servicing and care of machines or equipment stands to benefit from a revised OSHA guide designed to assist employers in providing a safe and healthful workplace for their employees. Safeguarding Equipment and Protecting Employees from Amputations offers practical information for the small business employer to identify and manage common amputation hazards. This guide ties directly to OSHA's National Emphasis Program on Amputations, released Oct. 27, 2006.

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OSHA Publishes Waste Treatment Facility 'Design for Safety' Case Study
   A case study describing how the Washington Group International incorporated its design for safety process into the construction of the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Facility in eastern Idaho was recently posted on OSHA's Web site. The study, "Washington Group International Designs and Builds a Mixed-Waste Treatment Facility," was developed through the OSHA and Washington Group International alliance. As a result of the Washington Group's efforts, the positive impact on the safety and health of the project's employees and its bottom-line costs was significant, including 3.3 million hours without a lost time injury or one day away from work.

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OSHA to Support 2007 Campaign to Protect Highway Employees
    OSHA will participate in National Work Zone Awareness Week, a campaign that highlights safety awareness for employees in highway work zones. This year's theme, "Signs for Change," reminds drivers to be aware of highway work zones and obey work zone signs. The campaign will run from April 1-7 with a kickoff event being held April 3 at the Route 1 interchange on Interstate 495 approaching the western side of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge in Alexandria, Va.

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Latest OSHA QuickCard® Focuses on Pest Control Pyrotechnics
    A new QuickCard® entitled Protecting Yourself: Pest Control Pyrotechnics was recently posted to OSHA's Web site. This document, only available electronically, focuses on the general safety precautions and safe storage of specialized explosive devices used to disperse nuisance wild animals without hurting them.

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WERC Added to OSHA and International Warehouse Logistics Association Alliance
    Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Edwin G. Foulke, Jr., recently signed an addendum adding the Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC) to the OSHA and International Warehouse Logistics Association (IWLA) alliance. Through the alliance addendum, the three organizations will work together to provide information, guidance, and access to training resources for employees, including hard-to-reach employees and youth, on material handling, forklift safety and hazard communication issues.

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Latest Strategic Partnership Activity
    Promoting workplace safety and health is the focus of a partnership renewed between OSHA's Dallas Region and V & R Drywall, Inc. in El Paso, Texas. Under its partnership with OSHA, the company has hired personnel to administer safety and health programs, and train employees to recognize and correct hazardous conditions.

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Newest "SHARP" Certifications
    Visit OSHA's "Who's Newly SHARP" Web page to see the latest list of companies recently certified as Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) sites. The SHARP program recognizes small employers who operate an exemplary safety and health management system.

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Upcoming Events
    OSHA posted more safety and health-related conference and meeting information to the events page on its Web site. Look for activities near you.

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'QuickTips' from QuickTakes
    Hand and power tools are a common part of our daily lives and are used in nearly every industry. It is important to remember that they may pose safety hazards. That is why OSHA is encouraging employers and employees to recognize the potential hazards and identify ways to avoid them. Here are few "tips" on how to control hazards associated with the use of hand and power tools in the workplace:
  • Keep all tools in good condition with regular maintenance.
  • Use the right tool for the job.
  • Examine each tool for damage before use and do not use damaged tools.
  • Operate tools according to the manufacturers' instructions.
  • Use the proper personal protective equipment.
        OSHA's Safety and Health Topics page on Hand and Power Tools is a resource that offers more information on identifying the dangers of hand and power tools and safety precautions to prevent employee injury. Look for more safety and health-related 'QuickTips' in your next issue.

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