Inc. of Richmond Achieves SHARP Designation
Secretary of Commerce and Trade Michael Schewel announced that Alloy Polymers,
Inc. of Richmond, Virginia has achieved
designation as a Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP)
site under the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry's (DOLI) Voluntary
Protection Program (VPP). 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.
An incident with a bulldozer
at a worksite clearly shows why a flotation device must be a mandatory
part of the jobsite hazard elimination effort whenever working on a site
"over or near water," where the danger of drowning exists.
Resort Sponsors Culinary Apprenticeship
The culinary team at Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg was recently registered
to offer a fully certified culinary apprenticeship to eligible candidates
who are accepted for a 6000-hour program of study and supervised work
in the Resort's hotel. Click here
to learn more about the apprenticeship program and the culinary team at
Ninth Annual VOSH Conference
The Ninth Annual Virginia Occupational Safety and Health Conference sponsored
by the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry will be held June 16-18,
2004 at The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center, Roanoke, Virginia.
For an agenda and registration form click
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.
The following items have been reprinted from OSHA's Quick Takes. Some
items have been edited for this publication.
Hazards from Rear-loading Trash Trucks Subject of Safety Bulletin
A new safety and health bulletin was published last month to arm workers
and employers with information and guidance on recognizing and preventing
hazards associated with the use of rear-loading trash trucks and dumpsters.
In the five-year period ending 2003, OSHA investigated at least six fatalities
involving workers crushed when dumpsters were dislodged from the trucks.
describes hazards and recommended preventative measures to protect workers,
and also outlines relevant provisions from applicable ANSI standards.
New Injury and
Illness Posting Requirements Effective This Month
Beginning February 1 and continuing for 90 days, employers must post a
summary of the total number of job-related injuries and illnesses that
occurred last year. OSHA and the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry
employers that the summary, OSHA's Form 300A (not the complete Form 300
log), should be displayed in an area where all workers have access to
view it and must list the total number of job-related injuries and illnesses
that occurred in 2003 and were logged on the OSHA 300 form. Companies
with no recordable injuries or illnesses still need to post the summary
form with zeroes on the total line.
and Health Topic Added to OSHA's Website
OSHA has added a new health-related topics page on its website. Tularemia,
also known as "rabbit fever" or "deer fly fever,"
is a severe and sometimes fatal bacterial disease that can infect workers
through a variety of environmental exposures, including insect bites,
contaminated food or water, airborne bacteria, or in a laboratory setting.
Approximately 200 human cases are reported each year in the United States.
The page provides information on hazard and disease recognition, a bioterrorist
threat evaluation, and important resources for control and prevention.
OSHA, WHD and NIOSH Join Forces to
Increase Awareness of Young Workers and Forklift Safety
Forklift hazards are well documented and continue to take the lives of
young workers every year. In the summer of 2003, two teens were fatally
injured in forklift accidents that occurred in warehouses in Georgia and
Massachusetts. Both teens were under 18 years of age and were operating
forklifts illegally. The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety
and Health Administration (OSHA) and Employment Standards Administration's
Wage and Hour Division (WHD) have joined forces with the National Institute
for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to increase awareness of the
associated with the operation of forklifts and the youth employment provisions
that prohibit most workers under age 18 from operating forklifts.
Rules on Tuberculosis, Glycol Ethers Withdrawn
The general industry standard
on respiratory protection will be extended to workers exposed to tuberculosis
following OSHA's decision to withdraw its 1997 proposal on TB. The agency
announced the withdrawal Dec. 31 citing a 40 percent decrease in the number
of TB cases in the U.S. over the past 10 years. OSHA also announced last
month it would terminate rulemaking
to reduce permissible exposure limits on glycol ethers because of a decline
in both their production and use. The substances, once commonly used in
the automobile refinishing industry, and in construction paints, printings
inks, and the semiconductor industry, are now mainly used in closed systems
where employees have little opportunity for exposure.