February - March 2005

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

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Career Training in Central Virginia Through Student Apprenticeship

Registered student apprenticeship is a vital part of training in Central Virginia’s Region 2000. Employers in the Lynchburg area have for years been looking to student apprenticeship as a way to hire and train the region’s future workforce. The job opportunities for young people are virtually unlimited, with over 300 different approved programs in fields such as automotive service, construction trades, machining, information technology, cosmetology, culinary arts, etc. To learn more about student Apprenticeship through the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry click here.


Job Openings Available at DOLI

The Department of Labor and Industry is currently recruiting for the following:

Position No(s).
Job Title
Recruitment Type
Closing Date
Location
W0002 Program Support Technician Senior (Administrative & Program Specialist III) General Public Open Until Filled Richmond
00092 Apprenticeship Representative (Program Administration Specialist I) General Public Open Until Filled Richmond
00539 & 00540 Occupational Safety Compliance Officer (Compliance/Safety Officer III) General Public Open Until Filled Manassas
00044 Apprenticeship Representative (Program Administration Specialist I) General Public Open Until Filled Manassas

For more information on the jobs posted visit the DOLI web site.


Tenth Annual VOSH Conference Brochure Available

Look for the Tenth Annual Virginia Occupational Safety and Health Conference brochure on the DOLI web site. View the conference agenda and download the registration form. For more information on the conference, to be held June 8 – 10, 2005 at The Renaissance Portsmouth Hotel & Waterfront Conference Center in Portsmouth, Virginia call the Department of Labor and Industry at (804) 786-5873. The Conference is sponsored by the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry


Click It or Ticket!

The national Click It or Ticket program kicks off May 16th with an education and media campaign followed by a high visibility enforcement of Virginia's safety belt laws.

What is Click It or Ticket? Click It or Ticket is a high visibility enforcement program designed to raise safety belt usage and save people from death and serious injuries on the streets and highways. The program will use educational radio messages recorded personally by chiefs and sheriffs, along with stepped-up enforcement, to send a strong message that safety belts save lives.

Virginia's statewide safety belt compliance rate is currently 79.9 percent. The goal of 2005 Click It or Ticket is to raise the rate to at least 80 percent. The Click It or Ticket campaign is currently used in 18 other states and the District of Columbia. In other Click It or Ticket campaigns, the occupant restraint usage rate increased by more than 10 percent, meaning that thousands of previously unbuckled drivers and passengers began using safety belts and child safety seats.

The campaign will consist of strict enforcement, strong educational messages in the form of ads on most radio stations in the area, and numerous public appearances by officers on behalf of the program.


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Save the Date – For Safety!

Join the Office of Workers’ Compensation, Department of Human Resource Management, and other safety, human resource and risk management professionals on Tuesday, May 24 for Safety Day. Meet, share ideas and learn new strategies focusing on a safer workplace. Registration opens March 25! For more information click here.


Virginia Boiler & Pressure Vessel Inspectors Association Hold Meeting

A semi-annual meeting of all persons interested in the safe installation, operation, maintenance, and repair of boilers and pressure vessels will be held on Thursday, April 21, 2005, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Holiday Inn-Richmond International Airport on Williamsburg Rd. This is a great opportunity for inspectors, repair companies, boiler operators, and owners and users of boilers to gather, network and keep abreast of the latest issues dealing with a special technical niche. The topic of the technical meeting is Metallurgy, and lunch is included for a nominal fee. For more information visit the Virginia Boiler & Pressure Vessel Inspectors web site at www.boiler.org.



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Employers Must Post Injury/Illness Summaries Beginning Feb.1

A summary of workplace injuries and illnesses that occurred last year must be posted for three months beginning February 1, OSHA reminded employers earlier last month. The summary (OSHA Form 300A) must list the total number of job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred in 2004 and were logged on the OSHA 300 form (Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses). Employers must display the form in a common area wherever notices to workers are normally posted. The annual requirement is part of OSHA's recordkeeping regulations. For further information contact the Director of Cooperative Programs at DOLI at (804) 786-6359.



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New Safety Card Highlights Safe Trenching Practices

OSHA has published a new safety information pocket card designed to help ensure safer trenching and excavation practices, while also explaining federal requirements for construction excavation safety. The card outlines required criteria for excavation or trench walls, as well as specific requirements for protective systems. The card is printed in English and Spanish.


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New Web Page Highlights Noise and Hearing Conservation

OSHA recently added a new electronic assistance tool on its web site to highlight the prevention of occupational hearing loss. The Noise and Hearing Conservation eTool features information on potential health effects of occupational noise, and provides guidance on evaluating noise exposure, while presenting examples of functional hearing conservation programs. The link also provides references and resources on OSHA's standards and requirements related to the issue. The eTool is a joint product of OSHA's Alliance with the National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA).

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