April - May 2004

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

In This Issue...

Administration Update - Legislation 2004
Click here for the latest information on session activity in both houses, DOLI Legislation and Agency Policies.

Martinsville Virginia Hones a NASCAR Protégé in the Motor Sport Industry
Justin Helms, the youngest engine builder on the NASCAR circuit and a participant in the Virginia Voluntary Apprenticeship Program has shown what educational training combined with on-the-job-training can accomplish. Learn more about Justin and the DOLI Apprenticeship Program.

Ninth Annual VOSH Conference
There is still time! Space is still available to register for the Ninth Annual Virginia Occupational Safety and Health Conference. The conference is sponsored by the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry and will be held June 16-18, 2004 at The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center, Roanoke, Virginia. For an agenda and registration form click here.

Safety and Health Codes Board Meeting and Public Hearing
The Safety and Health Codes Board meeting and a public hearing were held at the State Corporation Commission on Wednesday, April 2, 10:00 a.m. at 1300 East Main Street, Courtroom A, Second Floor, Richmond. Click here for the meeting summary.

Safety and Health Training
Visit the DOLI website for a listing of VOSH Consultation Services training courses for the second 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. A partial listing is on the DOLI website.

Teenage Employment: Know the Rules
As we near the end of the school year in Virginia, teenagers are beginning to look for summer jobs. Each year, approximately 20,000 employment certificates are issued to teenagers working in Virginia. In order to assist employers hiring teenagers the Labor and Law Division of DOLI is providing information regarding employment certificates and other child labor requirements.

Virginia Workplace Injury and Illness Rates in 2002
The Virginia Department of Labor and Industry recently reported the overall nonfatal occupational injury and illness rate for Virginia in 2002. This was the 32nd annual survey of job-related injuries and illnesses conducted by the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry in cooperation with the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Dept. of Labor.

Seventh Annual Virginia Worker's Compensation Seminar
Don't miss the Seventh Annual Virginia Workers' Compensation Seminar, September 14 & 15, 2004 at the Holiday Inn Select, Koger South Conference Center, Richmond. Registration materials will be posted on the VWC website in June. If you are not on the mailing list and want to receive registration information e-mail VWC at seminar@vwc.state.va.us or call 804-367-0038 and provide your name, company name, address, and phone number.

The following item has been reprinted from OSHA's Quick Takes. It may have been edited for this publication.

OSHA Reschedules Cranes and Derricks Meeting
The Cranes and Derrick Negotiated Rulemaking Committee will hold its next public meeting in Washington, D.C., May 4-7. The meeting was originally scheduled for March 29. Click here for more information.

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