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Region 7 News Release:    OSHA 07-613-KAN
April 26, 2007
Contact: Rich Kulczewski
Phone: (303) 844-1302


U.S. Department of Labor's OSHA Local Emphasis Program focuses on single and multi-piece rim wheel servicing in Kansas

WICHITA, Kan. -- A statewide program to identify and reduce or eliminate the hazards associated with servicing single and multi-piece rim wheels in the workplace is being implemented throughout Kansas by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

This Local Emphasis Program targets general industry businesses where servicing of single and multi-piece rim wheels is performed, including those used on large vehicles such as trucks, tractors, trailers, buses and off-road machines. Covered vehicles normally have a gross vehicle weight of 10,000 pounds or greater. The program does not apply to servicing of rim wheels used on automobiles or on pickup trucks and vans utilizing automobile tires or truck tires designated "LT."This Local Emphasis Program targets general industry businesses where servicing of single and multi-piece rim wheels is performed, including those used on large vehicles such as trucks, tractors, trailers, buses and off-road machines. Covered vehicles normally have a gross vehicle weight of 10,000 pounds or greater. The program does not apply to servicing of rim wheels used on automobiles or on pickup trucks and vans utilizing automobile tires or truck tires designated "LT."

Inspections that OSHA conducts under the program will address all potential hazards in the work environment including equipment, machines, tools and devices as well as machine guarding. Additionally, programs such as hazard communication and lockout/tagout, employee training and documentation related to safe operating procedures for the servicing of rim wheels will be reviewed.This Local Emphasis Program targets general industry businesses where servicing of single and multi-piece rim wheels is performed, including those used on large vehicles such as trucks, tractors, trailers, buses and off-road machines. Covered vehicles normally have a gross vehicle weight of 10,000 pounds or greater. The program does not apply to servicing of rim wheels used on automobiles or on pickup trucks and vans utilizing automobile tires or truck tires designated "LT."

OSHA's goal is to reduce employee exposures to these hazards through education and increased awareness. Training and outreach opportunities will be coordinated by OSHA's Wichita Area Office.This Local Emphasis Program targets general industry businesses where servicing of single and multi-piece rim wheels is performed, including those used on large vehicles such as trucks, tractors, trailers, buses and off-road machines. Covered vehicles normally have a gross vehicle weight of 10,000 pounds or greater. The program does not apply to servicing of rim wheels used on automobiles or on pickup trucks and vans utilizing automobile tires or truck tires designated "LT."

Kansas employers, employees, professional associations and labor organizations can obtain information on this Local Emphasis Program by contacting OSHA's Wichita office at (316) 269-6644 or toll-free at (800) 362-2896.This Local Emphasis Program targets general industry businesses where servicing of single and multi-piece rim wheels is performed, including those used on large vehicles such as trucks, tractors, trailers, buses and off-road machines. Covered vehicles normally have a gross vehicle weight of 10,000 pounds or greater. The program does not apply to servicing of rim wheels used on automobiles or on pickup trucks and vans utilizing automobile tires or truck tires designated "LT."

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to assure the safety and health of America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual process improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.


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