October - November 2004

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

In This Issue...



Boiler and Pressure Vessel Safety Update

The Boiler Safety Compliance Office recently completed a tally of activities for 2003. In that year, 35,021 acceptable inspection reports were processed and Certificates of Inspection were issued to owner/users in the Commonwealth. There are currently 69,007 active objects registered in Virginia, inspected on an annual or biannual basis. To learn more about the Boiler and Pressure Safety office click here.

Bureau of Labor Statistics Reports Workplace Deaths Nationwide Increased Slightly in 2003

A total of 5,559 fatal work injuries were reported nationwide in 2003, a slight increase when compared with the revised total of 5,534 fatalities in 2002, according to data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) collection on September 22. To learn more about reported fatal workplace injuries nationwide click here.

DOLI Seeks New Small Business Suppliers

Like all state agencies, the Department of Labor and Industry requires a variety of goods and services to maintain its functions. The Department is trying to broaden its current supplier list of small, women-owned and minority (SWAM) businesses. As a consequence, SWAM businesses are encouraged to call the Department so that they can be included in the Department’s listing of suppliers. The Department will seek quotes for goods and services from a SWAM business whenever possible.

State agencies have been given a goal of spending 40% of their discretionary dollars for goods and services with SWAM businesses and required to report quarterly on their spending within each business category. In order for a state agency to report its spending with a SWAM business, that business has to be registered by the state’s Department of Minority Business Enterprise.

For more information regarding the Department’s purchases, the SWAM program and the steps necessary for participation, contact Steve Crump at the Department of Labor and Industry, (804) 786-4267 or e-mail questions to Stephen.Crump@doli.virginia.gov.

Employers Are Tapping into Virginia’s Most Vital Resource - Youth

Registered Apprenticeships lead to certification in both professional and skilled occupations in the Commonwealth. Over 832 occupations are currently recognized by the Virginia Apprenticeship Council and the Federal Bureau of Apprenticeship. Click here to learn more about how employers are tapping into Virginia’s most vital resource.


Keeping Workers Safe During Natural Disaster Recovery Operations

With the hurricane season well under way, VOSH is reminding employers and workers to take appropriate safety measures to avoid injuries and illnesses associated with the recovery and cleanup efforts following hurricanes, floods and other natural disasters. Electrocution from power lines, injuries associated with tree trimming and operating chain saws, and falls are but a few of the potential dangers workers face when performing cleanup and other recovery work. Workers should also be protected from breathing dust and hazardous atmospheres that might contain carbon monoxide (from gasoline-powered generators), asbestos, silica and other harmful airborne contaminants. For more information on avoiding hazards and safely cleaning up after a hurricane or other natural disaster, click here.

Labor Law Legislative Update on Virginia’s Day of Rest Statute

A little-known statute on Virginia’s books since 1974 became the focus of widespread attention in July of this year when it was discovered that the General Assembly had inadvertently amended the law. Click here to read more about the law and its effects on employers and employees.


Safety and Health Training

Visit DOLI for a listing of VOSH Consultation Services training courses through June 2005. The Department of Human Resource Management, OSHA Training Institute - Chicago, and the National Safety Council also offer training sessions which are available for all interested employees and employers.

Spotlight on the Department’s Southwest Region

Learn all about the Department’s Southwest Region, the regional area it covers, and the services offered when you click here.

Tenth Annual VOSH Conference To Be Held

Mark your calendar for the Tenth Annual Virginia Occupational Safety and Health Conference, June 8 – 10, 2005 at The Renaissance Portsmouth Hotel & Waterfront Conference Center in Portsmouth, Virginia. The conference is sponsored by the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry.


VPP Active Mentors

GE Winchester Lamp is currently mentoring Nibco, Inc. in Harrisonburg, VA. Nibco manufactures copper pipe fittings.

Rohm and Haas Powder Coatings is currently mentoring Federal Mogul in Blacksburg, VA. Federal Mogul is a manufacturer of OEM bearing components for the automotive industry.

GP Brookneal OSB is currently mentoring Georgia Pacific’s containerboard plant in Big Island, VA.

IP Franklin Paper Mill is currently mentoring Dominion Power’s Surry Nuclear Station in Surry, VA and Georgia Pacific’s paperboard facility in Lynchburg, VA.


VPP Milestones

Great strides have been made and superior results have been achieved by some of our VPP worksites. Below are some of the recent achievements of Virginia's Star Worksites.

On J uly 2, 2004 Ciba Specialty Chemicals – Suffolk passed 4.5 million hours without a lost time accident July 2, 2004.

July 7, 2004 was the seven year anniversary for IP Converting Innovation Center as well as the seventh year with no Lost Workday Incidents.

On July 19, 2004 Toray Plastics (America), Inc. passed their 79 day milestone without a OSHA recordable incident. This is now the longest streak they have had since going 1,242 without a recordable incident.

On August 12, 2004 xpedx-Salem - Roanoke Division reached 500 days without a lost workday incident.

Click here to lean more about DOLI’s Voluntary Protection Program.

Ergonomics Guidelines Announced for Poultry Processing Industry OSHA's Industry-Specific Guidelines Focus on Practical Solutions

Guidelines for Poultry Processing is now available for employers and workers in the poultry processing industry to help reduce ergonomic-related injuries. The guidelines offer practical recommendations for employers to reduce the number and severity of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) throughout the industry. Click here for more information on the guidelines.


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