May 15, 2009 · Volume 8, Issue 10
QuickTakes QuickTakes
A twice monthly e-news product with information about workplace safety and health.

In This Issue

OSHA releases H1N1 flu guidance for employers and workers
OSHA announces rulemaking on combustible dust hazards
Agency convenes rulemaking panel on worker exposure to food flavorings containing diacetyl
Silica, ethylene oxide and nail guns are subjects of new OSHA publications
Georgia school offers free training on process safety management
Disaster site training course available at reduced rate
OTI Education Center offers OSHA training classes in Reno, Nev.
Education Centers link with federal, Cal/OSHA to expand training opportunities
OSHA partnership helps foster safer and more healthful workplaces in the tower communication industry
Events page features information on upcoming safety seminars
"QuickTips:" Prevent tick bites while working outdoors

OSHA releases H1N1 flu guidance for employers and workers

OSHA issued worker safety and health guidance for H1N1 flu, including fact sheets on "What Employers Can Do to Protect Workers from Pandemic Influenza" (English/Spanish), "Respiratory Infection Control: Respirators Versus Surgical Masks" (English/Spanish), and "Healthcare Workplaces Classified as Very High or High Exposure Risk for Pandemic Influenza" (English/Spanish). QuickCards™ were also released on "Pandemic Flu Respiratory Protection" (English/Spanish) and "How to Protect Yourself in the Workplace during a Pandemic" (English/Spanish).

OSHA announces rulemaking on combustible dust hazards

OSHA will issue an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on combustible dust hazards and convene related stakeholder meetings. The purpose is to evaluate possible regulatory methods and request data and comments on issues related to combustible dust such as hazard recognition, assessment, communication, defining combustible dust and other concerns. Visit OSHA's Safety and Health Topics Web page on combustible dust to learn more about this hazard.

Agency convenes rulemaking panel on worker exposure to food flavorings containing diacetyl

OSHA convened a Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act panel May 5 on a draft proposed rule on occupational exposure to diacetyl and food flavorings containing diacetyl. The SBREFA allows for small businesses that may be affected by a proposed rule to review the proposal and provide comments before it is published in the Federal Register.

Silica, ethylene oxide and nail guns are subjects of new OSHA publications

"Controlling Silica Exposures in Construction," and "OSHA's Small Business Guide for Ethylene Oxide" are three new information resources available on OSHA's Web site.

Georgia school offers free training on process safety management

The Georgia Tech Research Institute, an OSHA Susan Harwood Training Grant Program recipient, is offering free, one-day and one-week courses on how to create and implement an effective process safety management program. Employers and workers covered by the Occupational Safety and Health Act are eligible to participate. Details appear on the Institute's training Web page.

Disaster site training course available at reduced rate

The University of South Florida OSHA Training Institute Education Center is offering the OSHA 5600 -Disaster Site Worker Train-the-Trainer course in Orlando, Fla., August 3-6, 2009, at a reduced rate of $600 if registration is completed by May 31, 2009. The course prepares trainers to teach OSHA's 16-hour Disaster Site Worker course. Visit the University's Web site for details, or call 1-800-852-5362.

OTI Education Center offers OSHA training classes in Reno, Nev.

The College of Southern Nevada OSHA Training Institute Education Center began this month offering classes in Reno, Nev. The OSHA 500 - Trainer Course in Occupational Safety and Health Standards for the Construction Industry is being taught May 26-29 at 240 S. Rock Blvd., Suite 121, Reno, Nev. For more information, visit the Education Center's Web site or call 1-877-651-OSHA.

Education Centers link with federal, Cal/OSHA to expand training opportunities

Region IX OSHA Training Institute Education Centers joined forces with federal OSHA and California OSHA to provide occupational safety and health training to workers in California, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii and U.S. Protectorates. Goals include coordinating course schedules and helping educators incorporate OSHA standards into current curricula. To learn more about OSHA's training programs, visit the Directorate of Training and Education's Web page.

OSHA partnership helps foster safer and more healthful workplaces in the tower communication industry

Employers and workers in the tower communication industry have benefitted from OSHA's partnership with the National Association of Tower Erectors to promote safety and health. According to the partnership's 2008 annual evaluation, participants experienced a 40 percent decrease in the average total recordable case incidence rate, and a 37 percent decrease in the average days away from work, job transfer or restriction rate from 2007 to 2008. Outreach strategies including a public service announcement campaign and newsletter stressing the importance of safe work practices contributed to the partnership's success.

Events page features information on upcoming safety seminars

OSHA posted more occupational safety- and health-related conference information to the events page on its Web site. Search for activities in your area.

"QuickTips:" Prevent tick bites while working outdoors

Ticks can be more than just a nuisance to those who work outside - they can cause serious illnesses, including Lyme Disease. Workers in the construction, landscaping, forestry, farming, railroad, oil field, park and wildlife management, and utility industries - to name a few - are at increased risk of tick-related and other outdoor hazards. OSHA has resource information on these potential hazards and how to prevent them in the "Working Outdoors in Warm Climates" fact sheet. More information is available in the Safety and Health Information Bulletin: "Potential for Occupational Exposure to Lyme Disease."

Look for more workplace safety and health "QuickTips" in the next issue.

Editor: Elaine Fraser, OSHA Office of Communications, 202-693-1999
For more information on occupational safety and health, visit OSHA's Web site.