July 1, 2007 · Volume 6, Issue 13
A twice monthly 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 Seeks Proposals for $10.1 Million in New Safety and Health Training Grants
OSHA Announces New Directorate of Training and Education
Storage Tanks Module Added to OSHA Safety and Health Topics Page
New QuickCard™ Focuses on Carbon Monoxide Hazards
Fact Sheet Available for Employers and Employees in Maritime Industry
OSHA Develops Database of Chemical Information
OSHA Partnership Helps Reduce Ergonomic Injuries at the U.S. Postal Service
OSHA Joins Forces with Coast Guard and EPA in 2007 SONS Exercise
Alliance Program Update
Strategic Partnership News
"QuickTips" from QuickTakes

OSHA Seeks Proposals for $10.1 Million in New Safety and Health Training Grants
    OSHA is making approximately $10.1 million available in new grants to nonprofit organizations for safety and health training and educational programs under the agency's Susan Harwood Training Grant program. Fourteen training topics were selected for this announcement, including excavation and trench hazards, combustible dust, and driver safety. Details about the grants and application process appear in the June 21 Federal Register.

OSHA Announces New Directorate of Training and Education
    To increase the effectiveness of in-house and distributed training programs, OSHA recently created a new Directorate of Training and Education. The directorate will lead, direct and manage the OSHA Training Institute (OTI)-the agency's primary training provider. The OTI Education Centers Program, which educates more than 25,000 people each year at 19 locations across the country, will also be overseen by the directorate.

Storage Tanks Module Added to OSHA Safety and Health Topics Page
   OSHA recently added a Storage Tanks Module to its Oil and Gas Well Drilling, Servicing and Storage Safety and Health Topics Web page. The module is a product of the Safe Tank Alliance between OSHA, the American Petroleum Institute, the National Fire Protection Association, and the Steel Tank Institute. The module features requirements and solutions for working in permit- and non-permit required confined spaces in aboveground storage tanks.

New QuickCardTM Focuses on Carbon Monoxide Hazards
    Carbon Monoxide Poisoning is the subject of a new QuickCard™ recently posted to OSHA's Web site. The card, available in both English and Spanish, contains a list of common sources, symptoms, and effects of carbon monoxide exposure, along with a list of preventive measures employees can take to protect themselves from carbon monoxide hazards. It can be downloaded from OSHA's Web site on the QuickCards page, or can be ordered by calling OSHA's publications office at (202) 693-1888.

Fact Sheet Available for Employers and Employees in Maritime Industry
    The latest addition to OSHA's ongoing series of safety and health fact sheets is Radio Communication Can Assist Container Gantry Crane Operators in Marine Terminals. The document highlights OSHA's requirements for radio communication between a crane operator and employees under the crane and aboard ship. It also presents a series of safety precautions employers and employees should take to prevent injuries caused by moving cargo cranes.

OSHA Develops Database of Chemical Information
    OSHA recently launched a database of information on more than 800 chemicals commonly found in the workplace. The OSHA/EPA Occupational Chemical Database allows users to quickly and easily retrieve information on chemicals such as their physical properties and exposure limits. The database compiles information from several government agencies and organizations, including the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the Department of Transportation.

OSHA Partnership Helps Reduce Ergonomic Injuries at the U.S. Postal Service
    U.S. Postal Service (USPS) employees are experiencing fewer ergonomic injuries as a result of a partnership between OSHA, the American Postal Workers Union, the National Postal Mail Handlers Union, and USPS. On June 11, the organizations released Examples of Good Ergonomics Practices at the U.S. Postal Service which outlines the achievements of the partnership and steps taken to help prevent ergonomic-related injuries in the workplace. Since the partnership was formed in 2003, the Postal Service has experienced a 38 percent reduction in the recordable rate of musculoskeletal disorders, and an estimated $1.8 million saved in workers' compensation costs.

OSHA Joins Forces with Coast Guard and EPA in 2007 SONS Exercise
    OSHA took part in the recent Spills of National Significance (SONS) Exercise organized by the U.S. Coast Guard and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The June 19-21 exercise occurred in parts of the central and northern United States and involved a simulation of a large-scale oil spill, during which participating federal and nonfederal organizations coordinated emergency responses. OSHA was on hand at each location to offer guidance to participants and to ensure that employees knew safe and healthful work practices for oil-spill cleanup. For more information on the SONS program, visit www.sons-program.org.

Alliance Program Update
    Region II: OSHA's New York region signed an alliance with the Hispanics in Real Estate and Construction to help New York small businesses provide safe work environments for their employees, particularly Hispanics and teenagers. Region III: OSHA's Philadelphia region formed an alliance with the Pennsylvania Association of Occupational Health Nurses aimed at providing training on OSHA standards, emergency preparedness, musculoskeletal disorders, and workplace violence for Pennsylvania occupational health professionals.

Strategic Partnership News
    National Office: OSHA renewed its strategic partnership with the Ford Motor Company, the Ford subsidiary Automotive Components Holdings, LLC (ACH-LLC), and the United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America to reduce employee injuries and illnesses at Ford and ACH production facilities. Region VII: OSHA, the Nebraska Ethanol Board, and the Nebraska Consultation Program signed a partnership to protect the safety and health of employees in the ethanol-bio refinery industry. The partnership also focuses on ensuring that each organization develops an adequate emergency response plan for situations resulting from the release of hazardous substances such as ethanol.

"QuickTips" from QuickTakes
    With the onset of summer, there comes an increased amount of traffic on America's roadways. That is why OSHA is reminding employees working in road construction, or other jobs near traffic zones, to take proper safety precautions. Here are some tips for employees, particularly those directing traffic, to reduce the risk of being struck by vehicles or mobile equipment.
  • Use safety barriers whenever possible.
  • Wear high-visibility, fluorescent clothing at all times.
  • Wherever flaggers are used, notify motorists in advance with signs.
  • Illuminate employees at night with candles, flares, or chemical lighting.

  •     OSHA resources, such as the Work Zone Traffic Safety QuickCard™ (English/Spanish), offer additional tips for employers and employees on preventing injury while working in traffic zones. Printed copies can be ordered for free from OSHA's publications Web page, or by calling the publications office at (202) 693-1888. Look for more "QuickTips" in your next issue of QuickTakes.

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