June 1, 2006 · Volume 5, 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's Targeted Inspection Plan for 2006
National Safety Council Marks 10th Anniversary of National Safety Month
OSHA Summer Safety Publications Available Online
New Electronic, Spanish-language Newsletter Debuts
Best Practices Guide on First Aid Programs Available
Spanish Version of Safety and Health Bulletin Now Available
Upcoming Speeches by Assistant Secretary
Spaces Available for Spanish-language Version of Worker Safety and Health Training
OSHA Partners with MST Constructors and CFAN
OSHA Extends National Alliances with Three Major Entities
Latest Regional Alliance Activity
'QuickTips' from QuickTakes

OSHA's Targeted Inspection Plan for 2006
    About 4,250 high-hazard worksites are on tap for inspection under OSHA's 2006 Site-Specific Targeting Program, effective June 12. This year's program will initially target sites that reported 12 or more injuries or illnesses resulting in days away from work, restricted work activity, or job transfer for every 100 full-time workers (known as the DART rate). The list will also include sites that have a days away from work injury and illness (DAFWII) rate of 9 or higher. The program stems from the agency's Data Initiative for 2005, which surveyed approximately 80,000 employers to attain their injury and illness numbers for 2004.

National Safety Council Marks 10th Anniversary of National Safety Month
    "OSHA and the National Safety Council have fought side by side in the battle to save lives and prevent illness and injury," said OSHA Administrator Ed Foulke in a congratulatory message to the National Safety Council (NSC) on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of National Safety Month in June. NSC has adopted "Making Our World a Safer Place" as the theme for the anniversary. Activities throughout the month will address safety risks and include injury prevention tips for the workplace, driving, and the home and community. The Council has designated the week of June 12 to emphasize workplace safety. Said Foulke: "OSHA applauds this focus and joins the Council in urging Americans to be vigilant to workplace hazards. We salute the National Safety Council with our best wishes for success and our hopes for a continued partnership to benefit all Americans at home and on the job." OSHA currently has an active alliance with NSC.

OSHA Summer Safety Publications Available Online
   Safety on the job this summer is the impetus behind OSHA's promotion of a series of QuickCards and other hot weather advisory products, all of which are freely accessible from the agency's Web site. The publications address a range of potential hazards that come from working outdoors in high temperatures-from heat exhaustion and harmful sunlight to Lyme disease and West Nile virus. Copies of these products can also be ordered by contacting OSHA's publications office at (202) 693-1888.

New Electronic, Spanish-language Newsletter Debuts
    Hispanic workers and employers in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands will stand to benefit from a new electronic, Spanish-language newsletter produced by OSHA's New York Region. Cápsulas de Salud y Seguridad presents a cross section of information on workplace safety and health issues, particularly those affecting Hispanic workers. Each issue will feature topics designed to educate and guide readers in their efforts to reduce hazards and improve safety and health in their workplaces. To obtain a copy, or receive future editions, e-mail prvi-osha-news@dol.gov. The newsletter is also available on OSHA's Spanish-language Web page.

Best Practices Guide on First Aid Programs Available
    OSHA recently published Best Practices Guide: Fundamentals of a Workplace First-Aid Program, which outlines the four primary elements in designing an effective workplace first-aid program. These include management leadership and employee involvement, worksite analysis, hazard prevention and control, and safety and health training. The guide also details best practices for planning and conducting safe and successful first-aid training.

Spanish Version of Safety and Health Bulletin Now Available
   The Spanish version of Hazards of Manually Lifting Balloon Framed Walls, an OSHA Safety and Health Information Bulletin, is now available online. First published in English, the document explains the common causes of incidents involving the collapse of balloon framed walls, and provides safe lifting instructions and other guidelines that can help prevent such incidents.

Upcoming Speeches by Assistant Secretary
    OSHA Administrator Ed Foulke will speak at the spring Occupational Safety and Health State Plan Association meeting, June 6 in Des Moines, Iowa. He will travel to Seattle to speak on June 12 at the American Society of Safety Engineers' Professional Development Conference and Exposition. (OSHA will provide an exhibit on workplace safety and health, and also offer information on the agency's cooperative programs and compliance assistance.)

Spaces Available for Spanish-language Version of Worker Safety and Health Training
    Registration is still open for the Spanish-language version of OSHA's general industry 10-hour safety and health course being offered by the Illinois On-Site Consultation Program, Northern Illinois University, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Truman College. The course will be held June 27-28 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Chicago's West Side Technical Institute, 2800 S. Western Ave. To register, contact Truman College by calling (773) 907-3994 (bilingual).

OSHA Partners with MST Constructors and CFAN
    A partnership between OSHA, MST Constructors Inc. and CFAN Co. was recently signed in San Marcos, Texas. CFAN, a manufacturer of jet engine blades, appointed MST Constructors as the general contractor for a facility expansion project scheduled for completion in mid-2007. Both companies will work cooperatively with OSHA to ensure that a comprehensive safety and health management program is employed at the jobsite.

OSHA Extends National Alliances with Three Major Entities
   OSHA renewed national alliances last month with three major organizations. The Dow Chemical Company extended their alliance with OSHA for the second time to continue focusing on hazard prevention, particularly in the areas of process safety management and ergonomics. Fostering a safer and more healthful working environment for dental employees nationwide is the continued focus of a renewed alliance with the American Dental Association. OSHA and the Independent Lubricant Manufacturers Association will carry on efforts to protect manufacturing industry workers from industrial hazards.

Latest Regional Alliance Activity
   Region I: OSHA's New England Region teamed up with the New England Carpenters Training Fund to reduce and prevent occupational hazards. Region II: An alliance renewed between OSHA's New York Region and the Hispanic Resource Center of Larchmont-Mamaroneck, N.Y., will raise safety and health awareness among Hispanic workers in Westchester County. The Niagara Frontier American Society of Safety Engineers Chapter joined forces with the region to reduce and prevent hazardous conditions for Hispanic workers in Erie and Niagara counties. Region V: OSHA's Chicago Region is working with the Illinois Safety Council to combat some of the most common workplace injuries and illnesses. Region VIII: Enhancing safe and healthful working conditions for workers in Colorado's construction industry is the focus of an alliance formed between OSHA's Denver Region and the Associated Builders and Contractors Western Colorado Chapter. Region X: OSHA's Seattle Region renewed their alliance with the Fort Lewis Army Garrison, Fort Lewis, Wash., last month during the Garrison's Safety Day.

'QuickTips' from QuickTakes
    Beginning with this issue, we are debuting a new section in QuickTakes as a resource to share 'quick' safety and health 'tips' on preventing workplace injuries and illnesses. As summer approaches, our first set of 'QuickTips' highlight sun and heat hazards. OSHA recommends workers:
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Wear a wide-brim hat, cap or bandana, and sunglasses that block UV rays.
  • Drink plenty of cool water, about a cup every 15 minutes.
  • Avoid alcohol, caffeinated drinks, or heavy meals.

  • OSHA's Heat Stress QuickCard (English/Spanish) and Protecting Yourself in the Sun pocket card (English/Spanish) offer additional tips on working safely in hot weather. Look for more safety and health 'QuickTips' highlighting how to stay safe during hurricane season in your next issue.


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