May 15, 2007 · Volume 6, Issue 10
A twice monthly 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
New Local Emphasis Program Underway in Kansas
Anthony Forest Products Earns Its Sixth SHARP Award
OSHA Training Programs Renewed as IACET Authorized Providers
Strategic Partnership Program Update
Latest Alliance Program Activity
Voluntary Protection Programs Update
Upcoming Events
"QuickTips" from QuickTakes

New Local Emphasis Program Underway in Kansas
    OSHA's Wichita, Kan., area office recently launched a new Local Emphasis Program (LEP) targeting general industry businesses where servicing of single and multi-piece rim wheels is performed, including those used on large vehicles such as trucks, tractors, trailers, buses and off-road machines. The LEP supplements OSHA's national Site-Specific Targeting program that annually identifies workplaces with high rates of injuries and illnesses.

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Anthony Forest Products Earns Its Sixth SHARP Award
    OSHA recently presented Anthony Forest Products' Washington, Ga., laminating plant with the agency's Safety and Health Achievement Recognition (SHARP) award. With this award, Anthony Forest Products, headquartered in El Dorado, Ark., has obtained SHARP status at all six of its facilities, including sawmills in Atlanta, Texas, and Urbana, Ark.; chip mills in Plain Dealing, La., and Troup, Texas; and another laminating plant in El Dorado. SHARP recognizes small business employers who operate an exemplary safety and health management system.

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OSHA Training Programs Renewed as IACET Authorized Providers
   OSHA's Office of Training and Education (OTE) and the OSHA Training Institute (OTI) in Arlington Heights, Ill., were renewed as authorized providers by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). All current training programs offered through OTI have been accredited based on a set of criteria established by IACET. The renewal is effective through 2012. Information on courses offered is available on the OTE Web page.

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Strategic Partnership Program Update
    Ensuring the safety and health of construction employees is the goal of two newly created partnerships. The first is between OSHA's Bridgeport, Conn., area office and Turner Construction Co. The second includes OSHA's Hartford, Conn., area office and Whiting-Turner Contracting Co.

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Latest Alliance Program Activity
    National Office: Reducing and preventing exposure to rail and truck hazards common to industrial minerals facilities is the focus of a new alliance signed between OSHA and the Industrial Minerals Association-North America. OSHA also renewed an alliance with the ADSC: International Association of Foundation Drilling to continue focusing on safety and health issues, including fall protection, silica, pinch-point, and equipment operation hazards. The National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF) signed an alliance with OSHA to provide NASF's members and others, such as small businesses and non-English speaking employees, with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help to protect employees' health and safety. Region VI: Promoting job safety and health is the goal of an alliance formed between OSHA's Lubbock, Texas, area office and the West Texas Safety Training Center.

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Voluntary Protection Programs Update
    Visit "recent approvals" on the Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) page of OSHA's Web site to see a list of employers recently approved for new or continued participation in VPP. We encourage you to examine the entire VPP site to learn more about how OSHA's premier cooperative program can help protect employees and lower workers' compensation costs.

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Upcoming Events
    OSHA has updated its events Web page with new safety and health-related meetings and training information. Check for events near you.

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"QuickTips" from QuickTakes
    Violence is a serious safety and health hazard in many workplaces, especially late-night retail establishments. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 564 workplace homicides were recorded in 2005 (up from 559 in 2004). OSHA believes that work establishments can benefit from an examination of their workplaces to determine if violence is a potential hazard for their employees. An employer can fashion a prevention plan that is appropriate for his/her establishment, based upon the hazards and circumstances of the particular situation, by using these five basic elements:
  • Management commitment and employee involvement
  • Worksite analysis
  • Hazard prevention and control
  • Safety and health training
  • Evaluation

  •     OSHA's Recommendations for Workplace Violence Prevention Programs in Late-Night Retail Establishments is a resource that offers more information for employers to help prevent injury and death on the job. To learn more about workplace violence issues, visit OSHA's Workplace Violence Safety and Health Topics page on OSHA's Web site. Look for more occupational safety and health "QuickTips" in your next issue.

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