June 1, 2005 · Volume 4, Issue 11
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
OSHA Seeks Comments on Information Collection Requirements for Two Standards
Construction Advisory Committee Meeting Scheduled
OSHA Welcomes New National Alliance Participants, Renews Another
Chicago Region Schedules Safety Seminar for Health Care Facility Operators
Pennsylvania, Colorado Worksites in the VPP Spotlight
Upcoming Speeches by the Acting Assistant Secretary
Regional Alliances Signed in Kansas, Georgia, Massachusetts
Construction Project at Atlanta Airport Results in Major Partnership Agreement
Voluntary Protection Programs Activity
Upcoming Events


OSHA Seeks Comments on Information Collection Requirements for Two Standards
     OSHA published requests last month for public comment related to paperwork requirements on the coke oven emissions standard and sling standards. The requests are part of the Labor Department's pre-clearance consultation program that provides the public an opportunity to comment on proposed and continuing information collection requirements in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act. Interested parties must submit comments regarding the coke oven emissions standard by July 22, 2005; comments on slings are due not later than July 25, 2005. Details for the coke oven emissions standard are in the May 23 Federal Register. Information on the slings standard is published in the May 26 Federal Register.

Construction Advisory Committee Meeting Scheduled
    The Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH) has tentatively scheduled its next meeting on June 23 in Washington, D.C. A Federal Register notice is scheduled to be published on June 2 with details. Information will also be posted on OSHA's website on the ACCSH web page. ACCSH is a continuing advisory body of 15 members who provide advice and assistance in construction standards and policy matters to the Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA.

OSHA Welcomes New National Alliance Participants, Renews Another
    The American Red Cross and the National Demolition Association (NDA) are the newest members of OSHA's national Alliance participant family, both signing two-year agreements last month. Increasing emergency preparedness and disease prevention education and expanding first aid information for youth workers and those with Limited English Proficiency is the focus for the Red Cross Alliance. Meanwhile, OSHA and NDA will spotlight emergency preparedness and response, and fall protection. OSHA also renewed an Alliance with the National Association of Shooting Ranges and the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers' Institute (NASR/SAAMI). The renewal allows OSHA and NASR/SAAMI the opportunity to continue promoting safe working conditions for employees in target shooting facilities, and also adds hearing conservation as a new area of focus.

Chicago Region Schedules Safety Seminar for Health Care Facility Operators
   OSHA's Columbus, Ohio, Area Office is sponsoring a half-day free seminar for personal health care facility operators tomorrow, June 2, at the South Eastern Ohio Regional Medical Center in Cambridge, Ohio. The training focuses on best practices in areas including bloodborne pathogens, ergonomics, workplace violence, hazard communication, and more. Call the Columbus office at (614) 469-5582 for more information. (Similar training was offered by OSHA's Cincinnati office yesterday at the Ross County Service Center in Chillicothe, Ohio).

Pennsylvania, Colorado Worksites in the VPP Spotlight
   OSHA's Philadelphia region recently re-certified the Montenay York Energy Systems, LLC as a Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) "Star" site during ceremonies May 17. Marie Cassady, deputy regional administrator in Philadelphia, presented the award at the company's York facility and said it recognizes Montenay's "continued commitment to safety and health." Golden, Colo.-based Ball Metal Beverage Container Group was also recognized last month for its safety and health management system. Greg Baxter, regional administrator for OSHA's Denver region, presented the VPP "Merit" award to the company May 25, citing management's "commitment to safety and health excellence and their dedication to continual improvement." The VPP "Star" program recognizes worksites that have implemented comprehensive and successful safety and health management systems, and has achieved injury and illness rates well below the industry's national average. A VPP "Merit" site maintains employee safety and health programs that far exceed minimum OSHA standards, and is one in which OSHA recognizes its potential and commitment to achieve "Star" quality within three years.

Upcoming Speeches by the Acting Assistant Secretary
    Jonathan L. Snare, Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA, will speak to state plan employees and other safety and health professionals at the spring 2005 Occupational Safety and Health State Plan Association meeting in Indianapolis, June 7. Snare will travel to New Orleans on June 13 to discuss OSHA initiatives and continuing efforts for workplace safety and health at "Safety 2005" -- the American Society of Safety Engineers' (ASSE) annual conference and exposition.

Regional Alliances Signed in Kansas, Georgia, Massachusetts
   Raising safety and health awareness in the educational arena was the focus of an alliance signed recently between OSHA's Kansas City region and Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kan. The agreement will provide the university's students and business partners with safety and health information and guidance, as well as access to training resources, and will highlight a new workplace safety and health curricula. Trench safety is the focus of an alliance signed May 24 between OSHA's Savannah, Ga., Area Office and the Georgia Institute of Technology, Safety and Health and Environmental Technology Division, and Savannah's chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers. The trench safety task force expands an agreement signed last year with OSHA's two Atlanta area offices. Finally, workers who repair and maintain the nation's oldest commissioned warship are the focus of an alliance signed May 26 with OSHA's Boston region. Signing on with OSHA was the U.S. Navy's Naval Historical Center-Detachment Boston which is responsible for the maintenance and repair of the U.S.S. Constitution, better known as "Old Ironsides." The alliance will highlight various work hazards, including falls, electrical, caught-between, and struck-by hazards.

Construction Project at Atlanta Airport Results in Major Partnership Agreement
   OSHA signed a new partnership agreement last month to further safety and health for workers involved in the construction of the Maynard Holbrook Jackson International Terminal at Atlanta's international airport. Signing the agreement with OSHA was Holder-Manhattan-Hunt Joint Venture, and Georgia Tech Consultative Services. OSHA's Strategic Partnership Program has already resulted in more than 350 partnerships that impact more than 13,000 employers and well over half a million workers across the United States.

Voluntary Protection Programs Activity
    The following companies were approved last month for new or continued participation in OSHA's Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP): Region IV: Milliken & Company, Elm City Plant, LaGrange, Ga. (Cont. Star); Kimberly Clark Corp., Corinth Mill, Corinth, Miss. (New Star); Covanta Pasco, Inc., a Covanta Energy Co., Spring Hill, Fla. (New Star) Region V: International Paper, Menomonee Falls, Wisc. (New Star); NIBCO, Inc., Orbetz, Ohio (New Star) Region VI: Monsanto Co., Stuttgart Facility, Stuttgart, Ark. (New Star); Entergy Operation Reserve Service Center, Reserve, La. (New Star); Warehouse Specialists, Inc., St. Gabriel, La. (New Star); Zachry Construction Corp., (SA) Equipment Maintenance Yard, San Antonio, Texas (New Star); GE Healthcare Information Technology, El Paso, Tex. (New Star); Muniz Engineering Inc., Safety Fire Services Contract at NASA-JSC, Houston, Tex.

Upcoming Events
     OSHA periodically lists a schedule of safety and health-related conferences and meetings, as well as public hearings, on our website. Check often for events near you.

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