December 2004 - January 2005

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

In This Issue...



Tuberculosis and Respiratory

Covered establishments using respirators for protection from tuberculosis (TB) must now comply with the 1910.134 Respiratory Protection Standard for General Industry. On April 21, 2004 the Safety and Health Codes Board approved the application of the Respiratory Protection Standard for General Industry to respiratory protection against TB, with an effective date of July 1, 2004. The Codes Board agreed to delay enforcement of several portions of the standard to allow employers time to come into compliance. The six-month delay ended on December 31, 2004. Click here to learn more about the new requirements and standards.

Labor Law Division Focus on Payment of Wage Claims

The Department’s Labor Law Division is responsible for administering and enforcing the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia pertaining to the payment of wages, state minimum wage, garnishee rights, child labor, the right to work, wage discrimination based on sex, and other provisions of state law governing polygraph tests, medical examinations, employees being prevented employment by others, and employees’ day of rest. In addition, the Division administers the programs providing permits for child labor, solicitation and theatrical performances. Learn more about the Department and the Payment of Wage Act when you click here.

Recommendations for a Safe Boiler Room

Learn all about the correct and incorrect way to ensure a safe boiler room. Click here to learn more.

Spotlight on the Department’s Central Region

Learn all about the Department’s Central Region, the geographic area it covers, and the services it offers when you click here.


Tenth Annual VOSH Conference To Be Held

Check the DOLI website for information on 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.

Virginia Apprenticeship Council Recognizes Outstanding Apprentices for 2004

The Virginia Department of Labor and Industry in association with the Virginia Apprenticeship Council has recognized five apprentices as Virginia’s Outstanding Apprentices for 2004. The Council, in association with the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry, sponsors the awards program, which each year, honors outstanding apprentices each year who have completed their training programs and are nominated by their sponsoring organizations. Nominated apprentices are judged in many areas, including craftsmanship, accuracy, cooperation, leadership, decision-making, and consideration for their companies and co-workers. To read more about these exceptional apprentices click here.


VPP Mentoring Activities

Niki Angle from R.R. Donnelley in Salem is mentoring Green Bay Packaging Company in Winchester VA. This company manufactures coated packaging papers, labeling and stickers.

Delbert Garret from Lunenburg Correctional Center in Victoria is mentoring Augusta Correctional Center in Craigsville, VA.

Kevin Meland from Cargill Turkey Products is mentoring Walker Manufacturing, a producer of automotive exhaust components, in Harrisonburg, Virginia.


VPP Milestones

On October 6 Toray the Plastics plant in Front Royal, Virginia passed their 156 day milestone without a OSHA recordable incident.

On October 7, 2004 Rohm and Haas Corporation was listed among "America's Safest Companies" in the October Issue of Occupational Hazards. Rohm and Haas has operations in Wytheville, Virginia.

On November 21, 2004, Pete Correll, Georgia-Pacific's Chief Executive Officer, came to the Emporia, Virginia plywood plant to present the Chairman's Safety Award for working 500,000 work hours without a recordable accident. “2004 has been the best year for safety that Emporia Plywood has seen. We would like to thank our workforce for making this happen and we are now working toward one million accident-free work hours," said Walter Crawford, Human Resources Manager.


New VPP Sites

On October 18, 2004 Nova Chemicals, a manufacturer of high-impact and specialty polystyrene in Chesapeake, was approved as the 29 th VPP Star Worksite in Virginia. Commissioner Davenport presented the Star Worksite flag to the company’s management and employees on November 8, 2004.

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

OSHA Offers General Industry Sector Quick Start Guide

OSHA has created a step-by-step online guide to introduce employers and workers in general industry to the agency's compliance assistance resources. Quick Start helps identify many of the major OSHA requirements and guidance materials that may apply to individual workplaces. While not comprehensive, the guide does provide the reader with a basic foundation for information and guidance on workplace safety and health regulations and assistance tools that can be tailored to individual worksites.


OSHA Offers Tips To Protect Workers In Cold Environments

With the onset of cold weather, OSHA is reminding employers and workers to take necessary precautions, such as those listed on OSHA's Cold Stress Card, to prevent and treat cold-related health problems. Workers in construction, commercial fishing, maritime and agriculture are among those who need to take precautions. Click here to learn more about protecting workers in cold environments.

OSHA Proposes Update on Agency Standards that refer to National Consensus Standards

OSHA announced last month that it would begin the process to update OSHA standards that reference or include language from outdated consensus standards. To accomplish that, the agency will use a number of regulatory approaches, including formal (notice and comment) rulemaking, direct final rulemaking, and technical amendments. The first rulemaking action involves a direct final rule to revoke references found in standards on Temporary Labor Camps, Guarding of Portable Power Tools, Sawmills, Flammable and Combustible Liquids, and Arc Welding and Cutting. Public comments are due to OSHA by Dec. 27, 2004. Details on the proposals are in the Nov. 24, 2004 Federal Register.



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