September 1, 2007 · Volume 6, Issue 17
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
Safety and Health Conference Slated for This Month
Pandemic Flu Preparedness Focus of NSC Webinar
Kentucky OTI Education Center to Host First "Correctional Safety Institute"
Drug-Free Work Week Fast Approaching
OTI Education Center Offers Training to Civilian Safety Professionals
Alliance Program News
"QuickTips" from QuickTakes

Safety and Health Conference Slated for This Month
    OSHA's Chicago region is sponsoring the 19th annual Chicagoland Safety and Health Conference Sept. 24-28 at Northern Illinois University (NIU) in Naperville, Ill. The conference features more than 45 sessions focusing on workplace safety and health, environmental safety and emergency preparedness, just to name a few. OSHA's Columbus, Ohio, Area Office Director Deborah J. Zubaty is one of the keynote speakers at this event also being sponsored by local chapters of the American Society of Safety Engineers and the American Industrial Hygiene Association, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs, the On-Site Safety and Health Consultation Program, NIU and the National Safety Education Center. For more information, call (815) 753-6902.

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Pandemic Flu Preparedness Focus of NSC Webinar
    The National Safety Council (NSC) will host a Webinar on Sept. 10 from 2 to 3 p.m. EDT, focused on the need for businesses and the healthcare industry to prepare for a pandemic. OSHA's Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for an Influenza Pandemic and the recently released Pandemic Influenza Preparedness and Response Guidance for Healthcare Workers and Healthcare Employers will be the highlights of discussion. Featured speakers include OSHA's Directorate of Standards and Guidance Deputy Director Amanda Edens and Office of Occupational Medicine Director Dr. Don Wright. To register, visit http://www.nsc.org/webinars/pandemics.htm, or call NSC Customer Service at (800) 621-7619.

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Kentucky OTI Education Center to Host First "Correctional Safety Institute"
   The Eastern Kentucky University OSHA Training Institute (OTI) Education Center is teaming up with the Correctional Safety Network to hold the first-ever "Correctional Safety Institute" from Oct. 3-5 in Cincinnati. Professionals from correctional institutions and juvenile justice facilities, accreditation managers, and facility administrators are expected to participate in this national event offering a variety of training workshops and the opportunity to hear from correctional safety experts. Workshop topics include the results of a recently completed job analysis for the correctional safety officer, and an overview of the University's new 40-hour certificate program to be administered beginning in February 2008. For more information, contact Becky Ritchey at (859) 622-6163, or visit www.correctionalsecurity.org.

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Drug-Free Work Week Fast Approaching
    Drug-Free Work Week will be held Oct. 14-20, and employers and employees across the country are encouraged to take part. The effort is being coordinated by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and members of its Drug-Free Workplace Alliance, a cooperative agreement focused on improving safety and health in the construction industry through drug-free workplace programs. However, employers and employees in all industries may implement Drug-Free Work Week activities. Working drug free is key to workplace safety; employees with alcohol or drug problems should be encouraged to seek help. For specific ideas, visit DOL's Working Partners Web site.

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OTI Education Center Offers Training to Civilian Safety Professionals
    Nineteen civilian safety professionals from Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., have earned the Certified Safety and Health Official designation after receiving training at the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center. The students completed more than 250 hours of safety training to earn their certificates. The OSHA Training Institute (OTI) Education Center, Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), located in Mesquite, Texas, provided the training. The new graduates join a group of more than 800 people who hold the Certified Safety and Health Official certificate from TEEX, which is part of the Texas A&M System. TEEX is providing additional OSHA safety and Voluntary Protection Programs training courses to military installations throughout the nation. Information on training offered through OSHA's education centers is available on the OTI Education Centers Web site.

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Alliance Program News
    National Office: Preventing exposure to laser beam and non-beam hazards in industrial and medical workplaces is the focus of an alliance renewed between OSHA and the Laser Institute of America. OSHA renewed its alliance with ISSA in a continuing effort to promote safety and health in the cleaning and maintenance industry. OSHA also extended an alliance with the National Sports Shooting Foundation and the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers' Institute. The organizations will continue to work toward protecting the safety and health of employees at shooting ranges. Finally, OSHA's alliance with the American Shipbuilding Association was renewed with the goal of promoting safety and health for shipyard employees.

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"QuickTips" from QuickTakes
    Scaffolding accidents are one of the leading causes of injuries and deaths at American workplaces. In fact, scaffolding is the single most frequently OSHA-cited construction safety standard. No employee should use or assemble a scaffold without a complete understanding of how to do so safely. OSHA recommends that employees:
  • Before using a scaffold, test its durability using at least four times the amount of weight it is intended to support.
  • Equip all open sides of a scaffold with protective guardrails.
  • Keep scaffolds at least 10 feet away from electric power lines.
  • Inspect the rigging on suspension scaffolds frequently-OSHA requirements call for an inspection at least once per work shift.

  •     OSHA's Safety and Health Topics Page for Scaffolding is a resource that employers and employees can use to understand the OSHA regulations applicable to scaffolding. In addition, OSHA's Construction eTool has a page devoted to improper scaffold construction to help employees prevent scaffolding hazards at their workplaces. Other OSHA resources offering ways that employers can keep their employees safe on the job include the Supported Scaffold Safety Tips and Supported Scaffold Inspection Tips QuickCards(tm). Look for more "QuickTips" on a new safety and health topic in your next issue of QuickTakes.

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

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