June 15, 2006 · Volume 5, Issue 12
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 Administrator Delivers Keynote Address at ASSE Conference and Exposition
New Look..Same Reliable OSHA Resource
MACOSH Committee Re-established
Employees Removed from Excavation Site Minutes Before Collapse
New Regional Emphasis Program Underway in New England, Seminar Scheduled
Hispanic Family Health and Safety Fair Set for June 25 in Rochester
OSHA to Showcase Exhibit at SkillsUSA TECHSPO
On the Road with the Assistant Secretary
OSHA Renews National Alliance with NTSP
Regional Alliance Activity
Latest VPP Certifications
'QuickTips' from QuickTakes

OSHA Administrator Delivers Keynote Address at ASSE Conference and Exposition
    Calling the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) "one of our nation's leading advocates for safer workplaces," Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Edwin G. Foulke Jr. delivered a keynote address at the organization's 45th conference and exposition in Seattle, June 12. Foulke told safety and health professionals that one of his main goals is to "impress upon employers the need to protect their most valuable business asset - their employees" and to deliver the message that "the most effective safety and health strategy available is prevention." Foulke joined ASSE President Jack Dobson and renewed-for the second time-the alliance signed by both organizations in December 2002.

New Look..Same Reliable OSHA Resource
    OSHA's informational guide All About OSHA has been updated and refurbished, and is now available for download from the agency's Web site. The guide was designed in a brochure format, rather than the standard magazine-style design, and still provides a broad overview of OSHA and its operation. OSHA's mission, who is covered by OSHA, state programs, enforcement activities, standards setting, reporting requirements, cooperative programs, and whistleblower procedures, are just some of the topics covered within the brochure's pages. The revised guide can be printed directly from the agency's Web site; printed copies will be available through OSHA's publications office next month.

MACOSH Committee Re-established
   The Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (MACOSH) was re-established earlier this month. MACOSH advises OSHA on issues relating to occupational safety and health for employers and employees involved in shipbuilding, shipbreaking, ship repair and longshoring in the maritime industries. The Committee's charter will be filed on June 20. Details regarding the reinstatement appear in the June 5 Federal Register.

Employees Removed from Excavation Site Minutes Before Collapse
    OSHA's role in the life of the American worker was exhibited once again when, at 10 a.m. on the morning of June 6 in Brooklyn, N.Y., OSHA compliance safety and health officer Bob Stewart requested that six construction employees be removed from a 22-foot deep excavation due to the hazardous 10-ton concrete abutment hanging above it. Fifteen minutes later, the overhang collapsed and fell, landing in the exact spot in which the employees had been working. Stewart is a safety specialist assigned to OSHA's Manhattan Area Office in New York.

New Regional Emphasis Program Underway in New England, Seminar Scheduled
    The New England region launched a new Regional Emphasis Program (REP) aimed at preventing and reducing injuries, illnesses and fatalities among workers in New England's cut stone products industries. The program will focus on workplaces that cut, shape, finish, handle or distribute granite, marble and other natural or engineered stone or stone products. As part of the program's outreach and enforcement, OSHA will host a free safety and health seminar for employers on June 21 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Warwick Public Library in Warwick, R.I.

Hispanic Family Health and Safety Fair Set for June 25 in Rochester
   OSHA, along with the Rochester Institute of Technology OSHA Education Center and the Rochester Primary Care Network, is organizing a safety and health fair for Western New York's Hispanic workers and their families on June 25 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Coca-Cola Bottling Plant and Distribution Center in Rochester, N.Y. The fair will offer Spanish-language training sessions to identify and correct hazards in construction and general industry workplaces. Health screenings and children-friendly activities are planned. For more information, contact Kitren VanStrander at (585) 475-7054, or Gordon DeLeys at (716) 551-3053 x244.

OSHA to Showcase Exhibit at SkillsUSA TECHSPO
    OSHA will host an exhibit with compliance assistance and informative materials for attendees at the SkillsUSA TECHSPO (Trade Show for Technical Education) in Kansas City, Mo., June 20-22. SkillsUSA is a national organization serving more than 279,000 high school and college students and professional members enrolled in training programs in technical, skilled and service occupations.

On the Road with the Assistant Secretary
    OSHA Administrator Ed Foulke will travel to Charleston, S.C., on June 23 for an alliance signing with the National Maritime Safety Association.

OSHA Renews National Alliance with NTSP
    OSHA recently extended for another two years its alliance with the National Telecommunications Safety Panel (NTSP) to continue promoting safety and health in the telecommunications industry, paying special attention to ergonomic hazards. Together, OSHA and NTSP have updated the Panel's Ergonomics Guidelines for Common Job Functions Within the Telecommunications Industry. NTSP's original alliance with OSHA was signed in February 2004.

Regional Alliance Activity
   Region II: OSHA's New York Region joined forces with the Metropolitan New York Chapter of the American Industrial Hygiene Association to educate youth in New York City on workplace safety and health. Region IV: OSHA's Mobile, Ala., Area Office and the University of Alabama's Safe State Consultation Program teamed up with several health services organizations to reduce workplace violence in the Alabama healthcare industry.

Latest VPP Certifications
   Visit "recent approvals" on the Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) page of OSHA's Web site to see the latest 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 OSHA's premier cooperative program.

'QuickTips' from QuickTakes
    The 2006 hurricane season is upon us, with the first named tropical depression (Alberto) having just come ashore in northern Florida and traveling up the southeastern United States. Some immediate tips for employers and employees to prepare for the season include:
  • Have a plan in place for protecting yourself in the event of a hurricane.
  • Consider making provisions for family members who cannot plan for themselves.
  • Have available food, water, extra personal medications and other emergency supplies.
  • Follow the instructions of officials concerning emergency actions including evacuations.

  • More detailed resources for staying safe during this hurricane season and preventing workplace injuries and illnesses during cleanup and recovery are available by visiting OSHA's Hurricane Recovery Web page. Look for more safety and health 'QuickTips' on an additional topic in the next issue.


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