August - September 2005

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

In This Issue...

 

 

Changes Made to Labor Law Sections of the Code of Virginia

Click here to read about the changes to the Code of Virginia which were enacted during the most recent General Assembly Session and became effective on July 1, 2005.


DOLI Web Site Now Available in Spanish

It is now possible to refer DOLI customers to the Spanish language information on our website.   Visit the Department of Labor and Industry’s homepage at http://www.doli.virginia.gov/  " In the Spotlight", and click on DOLI en Español. To learn more about the Spanish language page click here.


Job Openings Available at DOLI

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

Position No.: 00044
Job Title: APPRENTICESHIP REPRESENTATIVE (PROGRAM ADMINISTRATION SPECIALIST I)
Recruitment Type: G - General Public Closing Date: Open Until Filled
Position Located in WINCHESTER

Position No.: 00238
Job Title: ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE DIRECTOR (FINANCIAL SERVICES MANAGER II)
Recruitment Type: G - General Public Closing Date: Open Until Filled
Position Located in RICHMOND

Position No.: 00173
Job Title: ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF ASSISTANT (ADMINISTRATIVE & OFFICE SPECIALIST III)
Recruitment Type: G - General Public Closing Date: Open Until Filled
Position Located in RICHMOND

Position No.: 00109
Job Title: COMPLIANCE SAFETY AND HEALTH OFFICER (CSHO) APPRENTICE
Recruitment Type: G - General Public Closing Date: Open Until Filled
Position Located in MANASSAS

Position No.: 00023
Job Title: INDUSTRIAL HYGIENIST APPRENTICE (COMPLIANCE/SAFETY OFFICER III)
Recruitment Type: G - General Public Closing Date: Open Until Filled
Position Located in MANASSAS

Position No.: 00013
Job Title: LABOR LAW REPRESENTATIVE (COMPLIANCE/SAFETY OFFICER III)
Recruitment Type: G - General Public Closing Date: Open Until Filled
Position Located in MANASSAS

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


New Department Training Catalog Now Available

The Department has recently launched the schedule for Consultation Training course offering for FY 2005-2006. New training courses are available to benefit you, your business and your people. View the listing now and sign up for the courses offered in your area. All courses are free of charge. Educate to keep Virginian's safe!


OSHA Posters and Publications: Free for the Asking

Advertisements suggesting that OSHA workplace posters must be purchased from private companies may be misleading employers. The Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI) would like to remind employers that official posters such as the Job Safety and Health Protection are available free for the asking. Posters and most publications are available at no cost by contacting DOLI at (804) 786-8011 or by visiting the DOLI web site at www.doli.virginia.gov/infocenter/publications.html.

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Roanoke Regional Apprenticeship Building Trades

Dr. Thomas Cecere, Regional Coordinator of Related Instruction, and Linda D. Mills, Roanoke Area Apprenticeship Representative, DOLI recently completed a project to recruit potential apprentices in the Construction Trades. Click here to learn more about the project.


Safety and Health Codes Board Meets

On May 24, 2005 the Safety and Health Codes Board met and made decisions concerning the following agenda items:
  1. Re-adoption: Proposed Regulation Governing Financial Responsibility of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Contract Fee Inspectors
  2. Methylenedianile in Construction, §1926.60, Final Rule; Correction
  3. Standard Improvement Project, Phase II: Final Rule

To read all about the decisions regarding the agenda items click here.


On September 15, 2005 the Safety and Health Codes Board met and made decisions on the following agenda items:

  1. Proposed changes to the Administrative Regulations Manual for the Virginia Occupational Safety and Health Program, 16 VAC 25-60, to codify the long-standing multi-employer worksite policy and other amendments;
  2. Heard an update on the proposed regulation governing financial responsibility of boiler and pressure vessel contract fee inspectors, 16 VAC 25-55, which is awaiting Secretarial and Governor's approval; and
  3. Proposed regulation to amend the General Industry Standard for Telecommunications, 16 VAC 25-75.

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Spray-on Urethane Truck Bed Linings and Isocyanate Exposures

Isocyanates are a group of very reactive and toxic compounds used to make urethane, polyurethane or polyurea coatings. Workers applying spray-on truck-bed liners can be exposed to very high levels of these toxic compounds. In a 2003 Michigan case, a worker died from an acute asthmatic attack after applying a diisocyanate-based spray-on bed liner to the interior of a van. For links to more information click here.


Tenth Annual VOSH Conference Held

The 10th Annual Virginia Occupational Safety and Health Conference was held in June 8-10, 2005 at the Renaissance Portsmouth Hotel & Waterfront Conference Center in Portsmouth. There were 430 participants attending 2 general sessions and 26 concurrent sessions and visiting over 40 exhibitor booths. Sixty attendees participated in the 10-Hour OSHA General Industry course.

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Virginia Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors Association Meeting to Be Held

The Virginia Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors Association will sponsor a 1 and ½ day In-service Inspection Seminar presented by the National Board. The seminar will be held on October 19 and 20, 2005 in Richmond, at the Holiday Inn Select on Koger Center Boulevard next to Johnston-Willis Hospital off Midlothian Turnpike.

For more information visit the Association’s web site at www.boiler.org.


Effects of Cell Phone Use on Injury Crashes

Common sense as well as experience tells us that handling and dialing cell phones while driving compromise safety, and evidence is accumulating that phone conversations also increase crash risk. Research has shown that drivers using phones are four times as likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves. Click here to learn more about the study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

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Full Employment Program

The Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) has revised and streamlined the Full Employment Program (FEP), making it a viable employment program for recipients in the Virginia Initiative for Employment Program not Welfare (VIEW) program, local departments of social services and employers in Virginia’s communities. Click here to learn more about the employment program.


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OSHA Debuts New Pocket Guide on Construction Safety

Employers and workers in the construction industry will benefit from a new OSHA Pocket Guide on Construction Safety. This quick-reference tool helps identify potential hazards and possible solutions to those hazards for the most frequently cited standards in construction. It also offers safety checklists on personal protection equipment, scaffolding, electricity, floor and wall openings, elevated surfaces, hazard communication, cranes, and forklifts to help avoid hazards that cause injuries, illnesses and fatalities. This guide, along with the Pocket Guide on Concrete Manufacturing, is one in a series on worker safety being developed by OSHA. The publications can be downloaded from OSHA's web site on the publications page or can be ordered by calling OSHA's publications office at (202) 693-1888.

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Safety and Health Information Bulletin Focuses on Hearing-Impaired Workers

Hearing-impaired workers face challenges on the job including receiving emergency notifications, evacuating safely in an emergency, receiving training, communicating and responding to workplace safety hazards. These barriers can be minimized through implementation of the practical steps, as appropriate for each situation, described in OSHA's recently published Safety and Health Information Bulletin on Innovative Workplace Safety Accommodations for Hearing-Impaired Workers. This bulletin, prepared in collaboration with the National Hearing Conservation Association alliance participants, industry representatives and other federal agencies, offers emergency/evacuation response and workplace safety and health considerations for hearing-impaired employees.


Storm and Flood Cleanup

Storm and flood cleanup activities can be hazardous. Workers and volunteers with flood cleanup should be aware of the potential dangers involved, and the proper safety precautions. Work-related hazards that could be encountered include: Electrical Hazards, Carbon Monoxide, Musculoskeletal Hazards, Heat Stress, Motor Vehicles, Hazardous Materials, Fire, Confined Spaces and Falls. Click here for links to information about hazards associated with storm and flood cleanup.

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