July 15, 2003 Volume 2, Issue 14
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 Names 23 to Cranes & Derricks Advisory Committee
Two Organizations in Shipbuilding Industry Latest to Align with OSHA
Illinois Women Honored by OSHA for Life Saving Efforts
FACOSH Scheduled to Meet July 17
Tips for Working in Hot Weather
OSHA's Atlanta Region Working to Reduce Occupational Electrical Hazards
North Dakota Energy Coalition Aligns with Bismarck Area Office
New Fact Sheet on Whistleblower Protection in the Airline Industry
New Jersey Healthcare Workers Subject of Region II Partnership
Alliance Formed in Kansas City for Telecommunication Service Industry
Recordkeeping Requirements for Ergonomic-Related Injuries/Illnesses


OSHA Administrator Names 23 to Cranes & Derricks Advisory Committee
     Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA, John Henshaw, announced July 2 the appointment of a 23-member committee to develop a recommended proposal for a construction safety standard for cranes and derricks. The negotiated rulemaking advisory committee is composed of representatives of government and industry that will be impacted by the rule. Negotiated rulemaking allows for open discussion and consensus by committee members on the coverage and substance of a recommended rule. The committee is scheduled to hold a public hearing in Washington, July 30-Aug. 1.

Two Organizations in Shipbuilding Industry Latest to Align with OSHA
     Workers in the shipbuilding and ship repair industries will reap the benefits of two Alliances signed with OSHA on July 15. The American Shipbuilding Association, representing about 90 percent of all workers engaged in U.S. ship construction, will work with OSHA to minimize exposure to shipyard safety and health hazards. The National Shipbuilding Research Program's (NSRP) Executive Control Board signed on to advance safety and health for workers in shipbuilding and ship repair processes. NSRP works with government, industry, and academia to develop more economical construction approaches to shipbuilding. OSHA Administrator John Henshaw welcomed both organizations during a ceremony at the Northrop Grumman-Ship Systems Ingalls Operations in Pascagoula, MS.

Illinois Women Honored by OSHA for Life Saving Efforts
     OSHA's Aurora, IL, Area Office recently honored three good Samaritans for their life-saving efforts one year ago in Peru, IL. Nancy Weberski, Rhonda Adamson and Jean Pfalsgraf came to the aid of 19-year-old Isaac Lesman, a billboard poster worker who had received serious electrical shocks after the aluminum ladder he was carrying came into contact with power lines. Weberski witnessed the accident and, with Adamson and Pfalsgraf, administered CPR until paramedics arrived. A year later, Lesman continues to recover from the near fatal accident.

FACOSH Scheduled to Meet July 17
     The 16-member Federal Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health is scheduled to meet at the Labor Department in Washington, July 17. Agenda items include updates on the Federal Executive Initiative, proposed changes to federal agencies' injury and illness recordkeeping systems, Young Worker Safety and Health Meeting, and Emergency Response Coordination Development. The meeting is open to the public and will begin at 1:30 p.m.

Tips for Working in Hot Weather
     "Summertime and the livin' isn't always easy" just ask those who work in the oftentimes oppressive heat and humidity associated with the season. With that in mind, OSHA has put together information to help workers and employers stay safe throughout the summer months. A new fact sheet (Working Outdoors), the Heat Stress Card, and a pocket card called "Protecting Yourself Against Harmful Sunlight" are available on OSHA's website to help prevent many heat-related deaths, illnesses, and injuries.

OSHA's Atlanta Region Working to Reduce Occupational Electrical Hazards
     Electrical work is the topic, and preventing worker exposure to the hazards associated with the trade is the goal behind the efforts of OSHA's 13 area offices in the Atlanta Region. The offices are offering a free "Electrical Outreach" compact disc to assist employers in preventing injuries and fatalities associated with electrical work. The CD contains training presentations and photographs of various electrical hazards. It also discusses OSHA's regulations on the topic and provides helpful information on removing or correcting hazards before an injury occurs. For more information, contact Atlanta's regional office at (404) 562-2300.

North Dakota Energy Coalition Aligns with Bismarck Area Office
     Construction companies, vendors and other contractors who perform work for energy companies in North Dakota will benefit from an Alliance signed recently between OSHA's Area Office in Bismarck and the Energy Coalition for Contractor Safety (ECCS). ECCS is a group of seven North Dakota energy companies that work together to focus on workplace safety and excellence for the industry's contractor employees. The Alliance with OSHA will focus on training and educational programs for construction companies on construction-related safety and health hazards.

New Fact Sheet on Whistleblower Protection in the Airline Industry
     Whistleblowers and Airlines is the latest in a series of fact sheets on various topics that OSHA produces for employers and workers. This new fact sheet gives a brief description of the Wendell H. Ford Aviation Investment and Reform Act for the 21st Century (AIR 21) that establishes procedures for handling airline employee complaints. The fact sheet provides examples of prohibited retaliatory actions, as well as a brief discussion on required procedures to file a complaint. Links throughout OSHA's website are furnished to provide more detailed information on whistleblower protection in general.

New Jersey Healthcare Workers Subject of Region II Partnership
     The Healthcare Association of New Jersey Hospital (HCANJ) signed a partnership July 11 with OSHA to promote workplace safety and health for long-term care workers throughout the state. OSHA's four area offices in New Jersey will work with the 320-member Association to provide information and guidance on work-related musculoskeletal disorders, tuberculosis, bloodborne pathogens exposure, workplace violence, and slips, trips and falls. HCANJ members include nursing homes, sub acute care, adult medical day care, assisted living, comprehensive personal care and residential healthcare facilities.

Alliance Formed in Kansas City for Telecommunication Service Industry
      OSHA's Kansas City Region signed an Alliance with the Kansas City Power & Light Company recently to ensure safe and healthful workplaces for workers in the local telecommunication service installation industry. Through the Alliance, telecommunication service workers will receive information and guidance to promote and encourage workplace safety particularly in preventing worker exposure to overhead power line hazards.

Recordkeeping Requirements for Ergonomic-Related Injuries/Illnesses
     Erroneous reporting from the Associated Press on June 30 may have led some employers to believe they were not required to report repetitive stress injuries or other workplace musculoskeltal disorders (MSDs). Employers must report all work-related injuries. OSHA's press release on June 30 makes it clear that such reporting is mandatory; however, the OSHA 300 form will not include a separate column for MSDs. The Associated Press published a correction to their article on July 7.

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