October 2003

An e-newsletter with information and updates from the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry for the Commonwealth's workplaces

In This Issue

Apprenticeship Alumni Association Formed
DOLI in conjunction with community Apprenticeship leaders has formed a Virginia Apprenticeship Alumni Association (VAAA) [MS Word] [PDF] and is looking for graduated apprentices interested in participating. The VAAA will offer a variety of opportunities for former apprentices to network, socialize and learn from others in the apprenticeship and related communities.

Boiler and Pressure Vessel Rules Revised
Virginia's Boiler and Pressure Vessel Regulations have been revised to address low water conditions that can cause accidents.

Drive Safely Work Week
October 6-10 is Drive Safely Work Week, a national workplace traffic safety campaign sponsored by the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) to help employers promote safe driving practices within their places of business. A wide variety of resource material is available through NETS.

New VPP Star Worksites
VOSH has certified Kentucky Derby Hosiery in Wytheville and re-certified Lockheed Martin in Manassas as Voluntary Protection Program Star worksites. VPP is Virginia's recognition program for general industry companies of any size while the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) through VOSH Consultation Services 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.

New Wage Payment Method Approved
Virginia's revised Payment of Wage Law permits the use of pay cards as a method of paying wages. These cards provide immediate access to wages for withdrawal of cash or for using the card as a debit card.

Safety and Health Codes Board Meeting
The Virginia Safety and Health Codes Board will meet at 10:00 AM, November 5, 2003 in Court Room A of the State Corporation Commission in the Tyler Building at 1300 E. Main Street, Richmond. For additional information, contact Regina Cobb at 804.786.0610 or shcb@doli.state.va.us.

Safety and Health Training
VOSH Consultation Services will partner with Associated General Contractors Central District Safety Alliance to sponsor trenching safety training in Lynchburg on Wednesday, October 22. Registration forms [PDF and MS Word] are provided for convenience. The Department of Human Resource Management, OTI and the National Safety Council also offer training sessions in Virginia and surrounding states.

Virginia's Legal Presence Law
A new law, effective January 1, 2004, will require all applicants for an original Virginia driver's license or for a DMV-issued photo ID card to show proof that they are legally in the United States. DMV wants all customers to be aware of the new requirements.

The following items have been reprinted from OSHA's Quick Takes. Some items have been edited for this publication.

New Publication Tells Role of OSHA and Partners at World Trade Center Site
The critical role OSHA and its partners played in protecting workers at the World Trade Center site following the 9/11 terrorist attacks is chronicled in a new publication Inside the Green Line. The "green line" signified the perimeter of the disaster site where, for 10 months, OSHA worked with the City of New York, construction contractors, labor unions and others in government to protect the well-being of workers. Not a single life was lost inside the green line during the recovery effort.

Electronic Assistance Tool Focuses on Young Workers in Agriculture
It's estimated that more than two million young people are exposed to farm safety hazards each year. To help ensure that they have every opportunity to be safe on the job, OSHA developed a web-based training tool called Youth in Agriculture. The eTool presents case studies that describe common hazards and offers potential safety solutions in various areas including farm equipment operations, confined spaces, and prevention of common injuries resulting from falls, electrocutions, and chemical exposures.

New Safety and Health Topics Added on OSHA's Website
Several new subjects have been added to OSHA's Safety and Health Topics web page that may be of interest to our readers. Assistance for the Airline Industry provides information for employers and airline industry workers. Four specific disciplines are addressed in the Printing Industry page including lithography, flexography, gravure, and screen printing. The page presents links to resources that provide useful safety and health information about the printing industry. The Electrical Contractors page offers information about the hazards facing electrical workers daily. OSHA has published important safety and health and regulatory information on radiation and non-ionizing radiation (e.g., radio waves, microwaves, etc.). Details on three health-related topics are also available, including tuberculosis, isocyanates, and Legionnaires' disease. The agency also added to its existing asbestos topics page, a self-inspection checklist to help employers determine compliance to the asbestos standard. Finally, information on preventing occupational illness and injury in the trucking industry is also available that includes links to applicable Department of Transportation and Environmental Protection Agency compliance requirements related to worker protection.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2003