August 15, 2003 • Volume 2, Issue 16
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 Publication Tells Role of OSHA and Partners at World Trade Center Site
Electrical Contracting Workers Reap Benefits from Latest National Alliance
Cranes and Derricks Committee to Meet in Washington Next Month
RIMS Alliance Renewed, While Plastics Industry Signals Progress
Web-Based Training Tool Available for Baggage Handling in Airline Industry
Regional Alliance in New York Focuses on Ergonomic Safety in Construction
Electronic Assistance Tool Focuses on Young Workers in Agriculture
Strategic Partnerships Signed in New York, Chicago Regions
Chicago Region Schedules Process Safety Management Workshop
Illinois Oil Refinery, Ohio Manufacturer Welcomed as New VPP Star Recipients
Toledo Area Office Staff Volunteer as Safety Monitors for Juniors Go-Cart Race


New Publication Tells Role of OSHA and Partners at World Trade Center Site
     The critical role OSHA and its partners played in protecting workers at the World Trade Center site following the 9/11 terrorist attacks is chronicled in a new publication Inside the Green Line. The "green line" signified the perimeter of the disaster site where, for 10 months, OSHA worked with the City of New York, construction contractors, labor unions and others in government to protect the well-being of workers. Not a single life was lost inside the green line during the recovery effort.

Electrical Contracting Workers Reap Benefits from Latest National Alliance
     The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) recently joined a growing list of organizations aligning with OSHA to further worker safety and health. NECA signed an Alliance Aug. 12, focusing on workers in the electrical contracting industry, concentrating on hazards related to inside electrical, power line, and video-data-voice systems. OSHA Administrator John Henshaw said the Alliance gives OSHA the opportunity to "draw on the expertise of NECA and work together to improve even further the safety and health of thousands of electrical workers."

Cranes and Derricks Committee to Meet in Washington Next Month
     The second meeting of a negotiated rulemaking committee for cranes and derricks in construction is set for Sept. 3-5 in Washington, D.C. The 23-member committee is composed of representatives of government and industry that will be impacted by a proposal for a construction safety standard for cranes and derricks.

RIMS Alliance Renewed, While Plastics Industry Signals Progress
     Two organizations participating in Alliances with OSHA are signaling full steam ahead as they work cooperatively to further worker safety and health. The Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS) renewed its year-old Alliance with OSHA last month, while the Society of the Plastics Industry's (SPI) president, Donald Duncan, told OSHA Administrator John Henshaw in a letter last month that the progress already made under its September 2002 Alliance stands as a "worthy example of what industry and government can achieve when working together." He mentioned OSHA's new Safety and Health Topics Page for the industry, a new plastics module for the machine guarding eTool, and plans for an aggressive "train-the-trainer" initiative as examples of significant accomplishments.

Web-Based Training Tool Available for Baggage Handling in Airline Industry
     Helping to protect workers in the airline industry is the purpose of OSHA's web-based training tool called "Baggage Handling Ergonomics." This assistance tool includes a revised "ramp area" section, a product of OSHA's November 2002 Alliance with a group of 13 airlines and the National Safety Council's International Air Transport Section. The eTool describes many of the common hazards associated with the baggage handling process for airline employees, including ticket and ramp agents, and offers possible solutions to those hazards.

Regional Alliance in New York Focuses on Ergonomic Safety in Construction
     An Alliance signed recently between OSHA's area offices in New York and the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Workers' Compensation Trust will center on training and educating construction workers throughout the Empire State in ergonomic hazards and in best practices that companies have implemented to reduce those hazards. Patricia Clark, OSHA's Regional Administrator in New York, said such Alliances "allow the industry to showcase effective programs that protect the health and safety of workers and act as role models."

Electronic Assistance Tool Focuses on Young Workers in Agriculture
     It's estimated that more than two million young people are exposed to farm safety hazards each year. To help ensure that they have every opportunity to be safe on the job, OSHA developed a web-based training tool called Youth in Agriculture. The eTool presents case studies that describe common hazards and offers potential safety solutions in various areas including farm equipment operations, confined spaces, and prevention of common injuries resulting from falls, electrocutions, and chemical exposures.

Strategic Partnerships Signed in New York, Chicago Regions
     OSHA's New York region joined with labor, management and other government agencies to protect construction workers during a ten-year "City of Buffalo Schools Project" that will renovate existing schools and build new ones in the Buffalo, NY, area. The partnership includes the Buffalo Building and Construction Trades Council, the Louis P. Ciminelli Management Company, Inc., and the New York State Department of Labor's consultation program. Workers at the Lorain County (OH) Visitors Bureau construction project will benefit from a new strategic partnership between OSHA's Chicago region and the Northeast Ohio Carpenters, H. Fior General Contractor, Inc., Safety Controls Technology, and the Ohio consultation program. The six-month project will employ an average of 20 workers daily.

Chicago Region Schedules Process Safety Management Workshop
     Through its Alliance with the Dow Chemical Company (January 2003), OSHA and Dow have developed a workshop called "OSHA's Process Safety Management Standard: The Dow Approach," for presentation Sept. 16 at OSHA's Training Institute in Arlington Heights, IL. Attendance is limited to staff from OSHA's Region V Consultation Projects, and the Michigan, Indiana and Minnesota state plans. For more information on the free workshop, contact OSHA's Office of Outreach Services and Alliances at (202) 693-2340.

Illinois Oil Refinery, Ohio Manufacturer Welcomed as New VPP Star Recipients
     Marathon Ashland Petroleum's Illinois Refining Division in Robinson, IL, is one of only 12 refineries nationwide flying the Voluntary Protection Program's (VPP) prestigious Star flag. That accomplishment, coupled with an active employee involvement program in safety and health programs, helped them achieve the 2002 President's Award for Responsible Care from their corporation. The division was recently recertified as an OSHA VPP Star site. An Ohio manufacturer of electrical distribution equipment was also welcomed into the Star category last month. Siemens Energy & Automation plant in Bellefontaine, OH, was awarded the distinction thanks, in part, to a safety rate superior to the national average for injury and illnesses. According to Jule Jones, Area Director at OSHA's Toledo office, a major key to their success has been cooperation between management and employees, an effort she hopes "the entire industry will seek to emulate."

Toledo Area Office Staff Volunteer as Safety Monitors for Juniors Go-Cart Race
     For the second consecutive year, the staff of OSHA's Toledo, OH, Area Office volunteered their time and safety expertise at the city's Junior Achievement Grand Prix Go-Cart Race, Aug. 9. The thirteen staff members ensured the safety of the drivers and pedestrians, and continually monitored the track's condition for safety. While some minor accidents occurred, no injuries were sustained by driver or pedestrian. The annual event raises funds for Junior Achievement of Northwest Ohio.

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