June 15, 2009 · Volume 8, Issue 12
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A twice monthly e-news product with information about workplace safety and health.

In This Issue

OSHA announces application request for training grants
Federal advisory council will discuss H1N1 influenza education at June meeting
National Response Team develops guidance for disaster site workers
Agency launches emphasis programs on stimulus-funded construction projects
OSHA accepting nominations for NACOSH
VPP site lowers injury and illness rate through worker involvement
Strategic partnership aids in reducing injury and illness rates in construction
Forum examines occupational safety and health issues of aging workforce
Events page features workshops on preventing amputations and combustible dust fires
"QuickTips:" Fireworks industry safety

OSHA announces application request for training grants

OSHA is accepting applications for new 2-year workplace safety and health training grants under OSHA's Susan Harwood Training Grant Program. Nearly $7 million is available for training on topics including crane safety, combustible dust, emergency preparedness and response, and the OSHA recordkeeping process. These grants are awarded to nonprofit, community and faith-based organizations to provide occupational safety and health training and education programs for workers and their employers. Applications are due July 24 using the government-wide Grants.gov Web site. Details are available in the June 10 Federal Register.

Federal advisory council will discuss H1N1 influenza education at June meeting

The Federal Advisory Council on Occupational Safety and Health will meet June 25 in Washington, D.C., to discuss H1N1 influenza outreach and education, federal agency injury and illness recordkeeping, and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, among other issues. More information appears in the June 8 Federal Register.

National Response Team develops guidance for disaster site workers

OSHA and other members of the U.S. National Response Team developed a two-volume "Guidance for Managing Worker Fatigue During Disaster Operations." This technical assistance document provides steps to build an organizational program and includes suggested controls, a risk assessment tool, and an incident-specific plan template to manage worker fatigue during disaster operations.

Agency launches emphasis programs on stimulus-funded construction projects

OSHA's St. Louis and Wichita, Kan., Area Offices launched a local emphasis program focusing on reducing workplace hazards on construction projects funded by the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The offices will dedicate resources to outreach and enforcement activities for employers of Recovery Act-funded sites to help ensure worksites are safe and healthful.

OSHA accepting nominations for NACOSH

OSHA is seeking nominations for people to serve on the 12-member National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health. NACOSH members advise the Secretaries of Labor and Health and Human Services on matters relating to the Occupational Safety and Health Act. Details appear in the June 11 Federal Register. Nominations are due July 11.

VPP site lowers injury and illness rate through worker involvement

Workers at Clean Harbors Environmental Services, a Voluntary Protection Programs star site, have benefitted from their organization's safety and health management system that stresses employees working together with their managers in analyzing worksites and preventing hazards. As a result, Clean Harbors' 2008 total recordable case incidence rate was 77 percent below the national average. Between 2004 and 2008, the company reduced injuries and illnesses by an average of 46 percent.

Strategic partnership aids in reducing injury and illness rates in construction

The Southern Illinois Builders Association formed the Construction Health and Safety Excellence OSHA Strategic Partnership in March 2008 to reduce workplace injuries and illnesses and increase the number of contractors with effective safety and health management systems. According to the partnership's annual evaluation, participants experienced an average days away from work, job transfer or restriction rate and an average total recordable case incidence rate of 50 and 65 percent, respectively, below the Bureau of Labor Statistics' national average.

Forum examines occupational safety and health issues of aging workforce

There is still time to register for OSHA's July 2 Office of Small Business Assistance forum examining the challenges of protecting the aging workforce. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to noon in the Frances Perkins Building auditorium at the U.S. Labor Department in Washington. Dr. John Howard, former director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and Phyllis C. Cohn, project manager of AARP's Workforce Issues Team Education Outreach, will be the featured speakers. For more information or to register, contact Charlene Crawford at 202-693-2165 or crawford.charlene@dol.gov.

Events page features workshops on preventing amputations and combustible dust fires

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

"QuickTips:" Fireworks industry safety

Workplace hazards can go hand-in-hand with fireworks manufacturing, storage, transportation, display and retail sales. July 4th is approaching; therefore, OSHA is reminding employers and workers in the display segment of the fireworks industry about the hazards of setting off fireworks. OSHA Assistance for the Pyrotechnics Industry Safety and Health Topics Web page, "Fireworks Safety Tips for Retail Fireworks Sales" pocket card, and "Fireworks Safety Tips for Display Operators" poster are resources on how employers can help their workers stay safe on the job and prevent workplace injuries and fatalities. Printed copies of the pocket card and poster can be ordered, at no cost, through OSHA's publications Web page or by calling 202-693-1888.

Turn to your next issue of "QuickTakes" for tips on another occupational safety and health topic.

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