October 1, 2007 · Volume 6, Issue 19
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 Comments on Comprehensive Emergency Response Standard
Stakeholder Meeting Set on Diacetyl and Food Flavorings Containing Diacetyl
FACOSH to Meet Oct. 11
New OSHA QuickCard™ Focuses on Animal Rescue
Alliance Program Update
Strategic Partnership Program News
Latest “SHARP" Certifications
“QuickTips” from QuickTakes

OSHA Seeks Comments on Comprehensive Emergency Response Standard
    OSHA published a Request for Information (RFI) in the Sept. 11 Federal Register seeking input from the public to determine what action, if any, the agency should take to further address emergency response and preparedness. Current OSHA standards do not reflect all of the major improvements in safety and health practices that have already been accepted by the emergency response community and incorporated into industry consensus standards. This RFI is intended to gather information about current thinking and practices relating to emergency responders and skilled support employees. The agency is accepting comments until Dec. 10, 2007. Refer to the Federal Register notice for information on submitting comments.

Stakeholder Meeting Set on Diacetyl and Food Flavorings Containing Diacetyl
    An informal meeting is scheduled for Oct. 17 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Crown Plaza Washington National Airport Hotel in Arlington, Va., for stakeholders to participate in discussions on reducing occupational exposure to diacetyl and food flavorings containing diacetyl. If more than 50 stakeholders register for the meeting, there will be a second meeting held Oct. 18 at the same location. The Sept. 26 Federal Register features instructions on how to submit notice of intention to attend.

FACOSH to Meet Oct. 11
   The Federal Advisory Council on Occupational Safety and Health (FACOSH) has scheduled its next meeting in Washington on Oct. 11. The meeting is open to the public and will begin at 1 p.m. in room C-5521 at the U.S. Department of Labor building, 200 Constitution Ave., N.W. Agenda items include discussion on the Presidential Safety, Health, and Return-to-Employment Initiative, the status of occupational safety and health in the federal executive branch, federal agency recordkeeping, federal agency training week, and field federal safety and health councils. Details are in the Sept. 19 Federal Register.

New OSHA QuickCard™ Focuses on Animal Rescue
    Employers and employees involved in disaster response and recovery will benefit from a new QuickCard™ published by OSHA. Rescue of Animals (Dogs) by Disaster Relief Personnel offers advice on the appropriate equipment and personal protection for the safe capture of an animal. It also provides guidance on how to avoid being bitten, and what to do if attacked. QuickCards™ are two-sided, 4-by-9 inch laminated cards with occupational safety- and health-related tips in English and Spanish. OSHA’s QuickCards™ are free and can be downloaded from the QuickCards™ page. Printed copies can be ordered from OSHA’s publications page, or by calling OSHA’s Publications Office at (202) 693-1888.

Alliance Program Update
    National Office: Employers and employees in the outdoor advertising industry stand to benefit from a national alliance signed between OSHA and Lamar Outdoor Advertising. The goal is to ensure the safety and health of employees in the outdoor ad industry through training and education focused on reducing and preventing fall, electrical, struck-by, trenching and aerial lift hazards. Region III: OSHA’s Erie, Pa., area office formed an alliance with the U.S. Forest Service to promote workplace safety and health for employees in the Allegheny National Forest. The alliance aims to help Forest Service employees identify and prevent forestry-related hazards.

Strategic Partnership Program News
    Region I: OSHA’s New England region, United Illuminating Company (UI) and Black & Veatch entered into a partnership under OSHA’s Strategic Partnership Program (OSPP) to reduce hazards and enhance employee safety during the construction of UI’s portion of the Middletown-Norwalk Transmission Project which includes the erection of the new Singer Substation in Bridgeport, Conn., and approximately six miles of an underground concrete-encased duct line in Stratford and Bridgeport. Employees working on the restoration of the Cranston Street Armory in Providence, R.I., will benefit from a partnership signed between OSHA’s Providence area office and Consigli Construction Co. OSPP moves away from traditional enforcement methods and embraces collaborative agreements. Through OSPP, OSHA and its partners agree to work cooperatively to address critical safety and health issues.

Latest “SHARP" Certifications
    Visit OSHA’s “Who’s Newly SHARP” Web page to see the most recent list of companies certified as Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) sites. The SHARP program recognizes small employers who operate an exemplary safety and health management system.

“QuickTips” from QuickTakes
    Our age is called the “digital era” for a good reason. Today, the vast majority of Americans regularly access computers. This includes the many millions who use computers daily at work. Whether we are “logging on” for business or pleasure, it is all too easy to get absorbed in our computer activity and forget about our posture. It is important to keep the head, neck, shoulders, back, arms, hands, legs and feet in ergonomically conscious positions when using a computer, as doing so can prevent long-term negative health effects such as strains, aches and pains in the muscles and joints. OSHA encourages computer users to:
  • Place the computer monitor so that the top line of the screen is at or below your eye level.
  • Alternate the hand with which you operate the pointer/mouse.
  • Use a wrist rest to maintain straight wrist postures and to minimize contact stress during typing and mousing tasks.
  • Assure that your chair’s backrest conforms to the natural curvature of your spine, and that it provides adequate lumbar support.

  •     OSHA’s Computer Workstations e-Tool offers more helpful hints, including visual aids and checklists that employees can use to prevent ergonomic hazards. OSHA’s Ergonomics Safety and Health Topics page is another resource with links to information on ergonomic guidelines, workplace conditions that may contribute to musculoskeletal disorders, and possible solutions for ergonomic problems. Look for more safety and health “QuickTips” on a new occupational safety and health topic in your next issue of QuickTakes.

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