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OSHA News Release – Region 7
U.S. Department of Labor
Region 7 News Release: OSHA/06-462-KAN
Date: Monday, March 13, 2006
Contact: Norma J. Conrad
Phone: (816) 426-5481
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration will begin a statewide program in Missouri today to identify, evaluate and control employee exposure to concrete-related hazards.
This Local Emphasis Program (LEP) targets general industry businesses in Missouri that manufacture, produce, mix or deliver concrete or concrete products. The program has two facets: providing information and outreach materials to identified employers and conducting programmed facility inspections.
Safety and health inspections under the LEP will address all aspects of potential exposures to hazards associated with concrete-related work, including silica and noise.
The comprehensive inspections will evaluate "lockout/tag-out" procedures to ensure that machinery does not accidentally start up during repairs or maintenance; confined space entry precautions; electrical safe work practices; machine guarding; respiratory protection, and medical surveillance. OSHA will review employers' documentation supporting their workplace safety and health programs, including recordkeeping and records required as a result of worker exposure to concrete-related hazards.
Additional information about the local emphasis program is available from OSHA's Kansas City area office at 816-483-9531 (or toll-free in Missouri - 1-800-892-2674) or the OSHA St. Louis area office at 314-425-4249 (or toll-free in Missouri - 1-800-392-7743).
Employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace for their employees. OSHA's role is to assure the safety and health of America's workers by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach, and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
U.S. Labor Department (DOL) releases are accessible on the Internet at http://www.dol.gov. The information in this news release will be made available in alternate format upon request (large print, Braille, audio tape or disc) from the COAST office. Please specify which news release when placing your request. Call (202) 693-7765 or TTY (202) 693-7755. DOL is committed to providing America's employers and employees with easy access to understandable information on how to comply with its laws and regulations. For more information, please visit www.dol.gov/compliance.
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