Boilers, Pressure Vessel
Malfunctioning boilers and water heaters are potential bombs... literally.
Virginia has a program requiring regular inspections of boilers and pressure
vessels. Learn more about boilers,
pressure vessels and safety.
Female Apprentices Thrive in Non-Traditional
Of the 11,443 apprentices in Virginia presently on their way to receiving
journeyman's cards, 1,449 are female. Learn how four female
apprentices followed their dream. For more information visit the DOLI
Web site Apprenticeship
Guide for the Employment
As the holidays approach many employers begin to hire seasonal help. It
is important to keep in mind that the rules
that govern the hours a teenager may work during the summer do not apply
if school is in session.
New Energy Web site Enables
Small Business to Become Energy Efficient
It is important to conserve energy. For a list of quick tips to help reduce
cooling costs and access information about energy efficient equipment
New SHARP Worksites
The Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) through
VOSH Consultation Services has certified Campostella Builders & Supply
in Norfolk and DK Industrial Services in Winchester as SHARP worksites.
SHARP is specifically for companies with 250 or fewer employees. Complete
listings of both VPP
Star and SHARP
participants are available on DOLI's Web site.
Safety and Health Information
Bulletin on Disposal of Contaminated Needles and Blood Tube Holders
A new Safety and Health Information Bulletin www.osha.gov/dts/shib/shib101503.html
developed by OSHA explains the Agency's policy on the disposal of contaminated
needles and blood tube holders following blood-drawing procedures. This
safety and health bulletin creates no new legal obligations, but addresses
the prohibition against the removal of contaminated needles from medical
devices. Reusing blood tube holders with removable needles has been a
common practice in many healthcare facilities. However, the manipulation
required when removing contaminated needles exposes health care workers
to contaminated, unsafe, back-end needles. Due to the potential of a needle
stick from the back end of the needle, professional phlebotomist, have
been urged not to reuse holders.
Safety and Health Training
for a listing of VOSH Consultation Services training courses for the first
quarter of 2004. The Department of Human Resource Management, The National
Resource Center for OSHA Training - George Meany Center, and the National
Safety Council also offer training
sessions in Virginia.
Fatalities Show Slight Decrease for 2002
The Virginia Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) showed 142 occupational
fatalities in the Commonwealth in 2002, down slightly from the 146 fatalities
in 2001. For additional information on Virginia workplace fatalities,
call (804) 786-1035 or visit the DOLI
The following items have been reprinted
from OSHA's Quick Takes. Some items have been edited for this publication.
Forms Available Online
Beginning Jan. 1, 2004, employers must use OSHA's revised Form 300 (Log
of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses). To aid in that transition process,
the agency has made the form available online.
The revised form includes various changes, including the addition of an
occupational hearing loss column and more clear-cut formulas for calculating
incidence rates. And, remember-while there is no separate column for work-related
injuries associated with ergonomic factors, employers must still record
those injuries in either the injury or "all other illness" columns.
OSHA Develops Matrix for
Possible Terrorist-Related Workplace Emergencies
A new homeland security matrix
tool is now available on OSHA's website to help employers with the
planning and preparation for possible workplace emergencies caused by
a terrorist's explosive device or act of arson. The Fire and Explosion
Planning Matrix covers general aspects of fire prevention planning and
suggests preparedness measures appropriate for workplaces in each of three
risk zones. On-line resources are also included in the matrix.
Protecting Workers Againts
OSHA has published a new safety and health information bulletin to provide
employers and workers with essential information on how to prevent, control
and remove mold
in buildings. Geared specifically for building managers, custodians and
others responsible for building maintenance, the bulletin offers recommendations
on preventing mold growth, proper use of personal protective equipment,
and safe cleanup methods. Mold can have negative effects on human health
including allergic reactions, asthma and other respiratory problems.