|June 1, 2009 · Volume 8, Issue 11|
|A twice monthly e-news product with information about workplace safety and health.|
In This IssueAlliance with Mexican Consulate aids New York and New Jersey workers
Quick action by OSHA inspector helps avert employee injuries in trench collapse
OSHA strengthens integrity of Outreach Training Program
OTI Education Center offers correctional safety officer certificate program
Three more OSHA standards added to revised shipyard industry document
OSHA is prepared for hurricane season
Small business forum examines occupational safety and health issues of aging workforce
OSHA to share safety information at SkillsUSA and ASSE conferences
Events page features information on upcoming emergency preparedness fair
"QuickTips:" Avoiding heat stress on the job
OSHA's Region II renewed an alliance with the Consulate General of Mexico in New York City. The alliance will focus on reducing non-English and limited English-speaking workers' exposure to fall, electrical, amputation and other construction hazards through safety training programs.
When a compliance safety and health officer from OSHA's Chicago North Area Office arrived at a jobsite in April to conduct a trench inspection, he observed an employee working in an unprotected 8-foot-6-inch deep trench. The employee had exited the trench and was preparing to re-enter when the compliance officer identified himself. The employee then voluntarily agreed to not re-enter the trench until adequate cave-in protection was provided. The CSHO began identifying signs of cracks and fissures to the employer as indicators of a potential collapse and explaining the dangers of working in such conditions. Within minutes, the wall collapsed in the area where the employee had been working. Detailed information on excavation safety is available on OSHA's trenching and excavation Safety and Health Topics Web page.
OSHA is strengthening the integrity of its 36-year-old Outreach Training Program by improving how trainers become authorized to teach and ensuring these trainers are in compliance with OSHA program guidelines. Visit OSHA's Directorate of Training and Education Web page for more information about the program.
Eastern Kentucky University OSHA Training Institute Education Center is offering a new correctional safety officer training program. Workers will gain knowledge about OSHA and other safety standards and apply it to the corrections work setting to help ensure the safety and health of facility staff. Two, week-long sessions are slated for August 10-14 and Nov. 9-13, 2009, in Richmond, Ky. For more information, visit the OTI Education Center's Web site or call 859-622-2961.
Fire Protection in Shipyard Employment, contamination issues related to Hexavalent Chromium and Employer Payment for Personal Protective Equipment are three additions to OSHA's "Shipyard Industry Standards" guidance document. This new resource revises the existing "Shipyard Industry Digest" and incorporates new shipyard employment requirements that have been finalized since the booklet was last published.
OSHA prepared for the 2009 hurricane season by assembling a variety of QuickCards™ and fact sheets on topics such as cleanup hazards, decontamination and tree trimming and distributing them to OSHA offices in areas most vulnerable to this natural disaster. The QuickCards™ and fact sheets are posted on OSHA's hurricane recovery Web page. Printed copies can be ordered through the publications Web page, or contact OSHA's regional offices.
The aging workforce and the challenges of protecting it are topics of OSHA's Office of Small Business Assistance forum July 2, 2009, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Frances Perkins Building auditorium at the U.S. Labor Department in Washington. This forum is part of a series that fosters collaboration between the small business community and federal government entities on safety and health management issues. Dr. John Howard, former director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, will be the featured speaker. For more information or to register, contact Charlene Crawford at 202-693-2165 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
OSHA will showcase an exhibit and distribute compliance assistance and other informative materials to attendees at the SkillsUSA Techspo June 23-25 in Kansas City, Mo., and the American Society of Safety Engineers conference in San Antonio, June 28 - July 1.
OSHA posted more occupational safety- and health-related conference information to the events page on its Web site. Search for activities in your area.
The stress of working in hot weather is a concern for many as summer approaches. For the thousands of workers exposed to the oftentimes lethal combination of heat, humidity and physical labor, a few precautions can go a long way to preventing many heat-related injuries or deaths. OSHA's "Heat Stress" QuickCard™ offers a good first step in acquiring prevention information. Copies of the laminated card can be ordered, at no cost, through the agency's publications Web page or by calling 202-693-1888. Visit OSHA's Safety and Health Topics page on heat stress to learn more about this hazard and ways to avoid it.
Look for more workplace safety and health "QuickTips" in the next issue.
Editor: Elaine Fraser, OSHA Office of Communications, 202-693-1999