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OSHA Trade Release
U.S. Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Office of Communications
For Immediate Release
TRADE NEWS RELEASE
Nov. 28, 2001
Contact: Susan Hall Fleming
Phone: (202) 693-1999
SATELLITE BROADCAST AVAILABLE NATIONWIDE ON DEC. 12, 2001
OSHA will provide training to employers nationwide on its new recordkeeping rule via a satellite broadcast scheduled for 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (EST) on Dec. 12. The broadcast was originally scheduled for Nov. 29. Employers can access the training through community colleges and other local organizations that have facilities to receive satellite broadcasts. OSHA is not charging a fee for the broadcast, although local facilities may charge an access fee.
The training program also will be simulcast on the Internet and made available via a link at the agency's website at http://www.osha-slc.gov/recordkeeping/RKsatellite.html. The broadcast will remain available for review via the agency's website through June 2002. OSHA's updated injury and illness recordkeeping requirements, covering about 1.4 million employers, take effect Jan. 1, 2002.
"Making training available nationwide via satellite is a first for OSHA," said John L. Henshaw, who heads the agency. "It's part of our extensive outreach program to be sure that all employers have the information they need to meet the new requirements."
Henshaw noted that the agency has placed a wide array of materials on its website including copies of the rule and new forms, fact sheets, a brochure and several PowerPoint training programs. OSHA also plans to mail out new recordkeeping forms in early December to the 1.4 million employers affected by the rule. In late October, Henshaw sent a letter to nearly 200 OSHA stakeholders, trade associations, professional societies and unions detailing OSHA outreach efforts and encouraging them to communicate with their members to help them understand the new rule.
Employers can contact their local OSHA offices for details about facilities in their area that will tune in to the Dec. 12 satellite training session. A listing of OSHA offices is available on the website along with a list of regional recordkeeping coordinators who can respond to specific questions from employers and workers about the new rule. States operating their own job safety and health programs are developing their own equivalent recordkeeping rules and can respond to questions and provide training and materials.
The text of this news release is available on the OSHA website at http://www.osha.gov. Information on this release will be made available to sensory impaired individuals upon request. Voice phone: (202) 693-1999.
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