July 1, 2004 · Volume 3, Issue 13
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
New Web Pages on Fireworks Safety Debut in Time for Independence Day Celebrations
Safety and Health Information Bulletin Focuses on Pipeline Safety
Orlando, FL Hosts Hispanic Safety and Health Summit
OSHA Announces New ACCSH Members
National Work Zone Memorial Honors Roadway Workers Killed on the Job
Workplace Violence Conference Scheduled for Springfield, MA
Voluntary Protection Programs Help Save a Life
OSHA Schedules July Cranes and Derricks Meeting
More Good News on the VPP Front
Safety and Health Alliance Established in Puerto Rico
Safety Training Sessions Scheduled for Residential Construction in Idaho
OSHA Strategic Partnership Program News
Voluntary Protection Programs Activity


New Web Pages on Fireworks Safety Debut in Time for Independence Day Celebrations
    OSHA has unveiled new web pages designed to help employers and workers understand and minimize risks in the pyrotechnics industry. OSHA Assistance for the Pyrotechnics Industry is a joint product of OSHA's recent Alliance with the American Pyrotechnics Association (APA). The site describes common hazards and controls found in the pyrotechnics industry and contains information for both fireworks retail sales workers and display operators. Two new posters, jointly developed with the APA, are available for downloading which offer safety tips for display operators and for individuals involved in retail fireworks sales.

Safety and Health Information Bulletin Focuses on Pipeline Safety
     OSHA has issued a new safety and health information bulletin designed to prevent fatal accidents and injuries for workers involved in de-watering of pipelines. OSHA combined efforts with the Research and Special Programs Administration's Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS), a Department of Transportation agency, to develop the bulletin. OSHA's area offices in Allentown and Wilkes-Barre, PA, recently investigated two fatalities that occurred when workers were struck by temporary de-watering piping not properly anchored. De-watering of pipelines is a process conducted after completion of pipeline construction; the bulletin provides background information on the procedures involved in ensuring the integrity of installed pipelines and reemphasizes OPS regulations on pipeline safety.

Orlando, FL Hosts Hispanic Safety and Health Summit
    Safety and health issues for the nation's 17.5 million Hispanic workers is the basis of the Hispanic Safety and Health Summit set for July 22 at the Airport Marriott Hotel in Orlando, FL. Sponsored by the Department of Labor, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and the Hispanic Alliance for Progress, in partnership with the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the event will bring together representatives from government, community and faith-based organizations, non-profits, industry, academia and organized labor to share practical safety and health information and success stories. More information is available from the summit's website.

OSHA Announces New ACCSH Members
   OSHA Administrator John Henshaw announced June 24 the appointment of four new members and reappointment of three others to the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH). The 15-member committee advises the OSHA Administrator on standards, policies and practices related to the protection of construction workers from worksite hazards. The committee consists of representatives from employers and workers, state governments, the public, and one member designated by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

National Work Zone Memorial Honors Roadway Workers Killed on the Job
    Educating the public about roadway work zone safety while paying tribute to workers who've lost their lives in work zone accidents is the purpose of the National Work Zone Memorial. The American Traffic Safety Services Foundation (ATSSA) sponsors the memorial and is accepting applications from organizations to host the memorial and touring exhibition. For information on scheduling a memorial visit or to submit names for inclusion on the memorial, contact the foundation's website or call Ellen Piazza at (540) 622-3842.

Workplace Violence Conference Scheduled for Springfield, MA
    OSHA is co-sponsoring a conference July 21 at Western New England College in Springfield, MA to help New England employers reduce employees' exposure to workplace violence. Topics will include conflict resolution, policies and procedures for handling workplace violence incidents, interaction of domestic violence with workplace violence, and strategies to prevent violent incidents. The conference is co-sponsored by Western New England College and will feature speakers from OSHA, the FBI, the U.S. Postal Service, the Springfield Police Department, the Massachusetts State Police, and others. For more information, contact Nelson Barnes of OSHA's Springfield Area Office at (413) 785-0123.

Voluntary Protection Programs Help Save a Life
    Houston-based Wyle Life Sciences, Systems and Services is a recognized leader in life sciences, biomedical research and specialized space-flight hardware development which has been providing skilled personnel and laboratory facilities to NASA, the Department of Defense, the National Institutes of Health, and numerous international space partners for more than 35 years. Recently, Wyle submitted an application for the OSHA's Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) and is currently awaiting their On-Site review. As part of their preparation for VPP, Wyle developed, equipped and trained a Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT). On June 18, that training proved to be priceless after a worker went into cardiac arrest. The MERT responded with their Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and saved the employee's life. The worker remains in stable condition in a Houston medical center.

OSHA Schedules July Cranes and Derricks Meeting
   The Cranes and Derricks Negotiated Rulemaking Committee will hold what is expected to be its final meeting, July 6-9 in Washington, D.C. The 23-member committee is composed of representatives of government, labor and industry chartered to function as a part of OSHA's rulemaking process to revise the existing standards for cranes and derricks in construction. Notice of the meeting was published in the June 18 Federal Register.

More Good News on the VPP Front
   June 16 marked a first in the annals of Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) history when WJAR-TV, Channel 10 in Cranston, RI, became the first television station to be recognized for its achievement in workplace safety. The station is also the first company in the state to earn Merit status in VPP. Parkview Healthcare of Bolivar, MO was also recognized for its continued excellence in worker safety and health on June 25 after being advanced to "Star" status in the program. OSHA's review team found the facility had a lost workday injury and illness incidence rate approximately 18 percent below the industry national average.

Safety and Health Alliance Established in Puerto Rico
    OSHA's New York Region has joined in an Alliance with a professional safety organization in Puerto Rico to improve workplace safety and health for the island's workers. The Alliance joins OSHA with the Sociedad de Profesionales de Prevencion de Accidentes (Society of Professionals for the Prevention of Accidents) and focuses on information, guidance and access to training resources related to employees' health and safety. The organization consists of more than 400 members from the public, private and federal sectors and promotes awareness on occupational safety and health issues.

Safety Training Sessions Scheduled for Residential Construction in Idaho
   OSHA's Boise, ID Area Office recently organized five training sessions for residential construction safety and health in the state. Though three of the sessions were held last month in Nampa, Boise and Idaho Falls, two more are still on tap. Sun Valley will host a three-hour session on July 22, while Rexburg will be the site of an Aug. 18 session. The training sessions are held in conjunction with the Idaho Associated General Contractors and Idaho Building Contractors Association. For more information or to register, contact Idaho AGC's Safety Program Manager Lisa Losness at (208) 344-2531 or lisal@agcidaho.org.

OSHA Strategic Partnership Program News
   OSHA's Baltimore/Washington, D.C. area office recently signed a partnership with the Taylor Street Bridge Design-Build contractors headed by Cherry Hill Construction, Inc., to encourage Washington D.C. area construction contractors to improve their safety and health performance and strive for the elimination of serious accidents in the construction industry. OSHA's Oklahoma City area office signed a comprehensive partnership agreement last month with Flintco Constructive Solutions and WAL-MART to ensure a safe and healthful work environment during the construction of a new WAL-MART Mechanized Distribution Center. OSHA's Strategic Partnership Program enables OSHA and its partners to work cooperatively to address critical safety and health issues.

Voluntary Protection Programs Activity
    The following companies were recently approved for new or continued participation in OSHA's Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP): Region II: US Postal Service, Western Nassau Vehicle Maintenance Facility, Garden City, NY (New Merit); US Postal Service, Glens Falls Post Office, Glen Falls, NY (Merit to Star); General Electric I & RS Buffalo Service Center, Tonawanda, NY (Merit to Star); General Electric Contractual Services, Camden Cogen Plant, Camden, NJ (New Star) Region III:: International Paper, Hazleton Converting & Distribution Center, Hazleton, PA (Cont. Star) Region VI: DynMcDermott Petroleum Operations Co, Bayou Choctaw Site, Plaquemine, LA (Cont. Star); DynCorp Technical Servcies, LLC @ NASA-JSC, Houston, TX (New Star); Lynx, Ltd @ DynCorp @ NASA-JCS, Houston, TX (New Star); Call Henry Inc. @ DynCorp@NASA-JSC, Houston, TX (New Star) Region VII: E&K Omaha Inc., Omaha, NE (Cont. Mobile Workforce Star Demo); Solutia, Inc., J.F. Queeny Plant, St. Louis, MO (Cont. Star); National Enzyme Co., Forsyth, MO (Cont. Star); and Region X: Potlatch Corp., St. Maries Complex, St. Marie, ID (Cont. Star).

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