September-October 2006

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

In This Issue...



Apprenticeship Programs Emphasize Training and Safety

When high school students and young adults think about a career, many of them consider registered apprenticeship programs offered by the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry. Employers involved with the program – some for as long as 30 to 40 years – recognize the value of registering and training apprentices as young as 16 years old. They also recognize the possible risks involved in hiring young people in potentially dangerous work environments such as construction. Click here to learn how employers and apprentices make occupational safety and health awareness a top priority.

DOLI Makes Presentation at Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Seminar

On June 29th the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry was invited to make a presentation at a “How to Start a Business” seminar presented by the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Click here to learn more about the presentation and how well it was received at the seminar.

DOLI Training Catalog Available Online

The 2006-2007 schedule for Consultation Training courses is available online. New training courses are available to benefit you, your business and your staff. Click here to view the listings now and sign up for the courses offered in your area. All courses are free of charge. Educate to keep Virginians safe!

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.: 00139
Job Title: Programmer/Analyst (Information Technology Specialist II)
Recruitment Type: G – General Public       Closing Date: Open Until Filled
Position Located in Richmond/City

Position No.: 00220
Job Title: Web/Graphics Specialist (Information Technology Specialist I)
Recruitment Type: G – General Public       Closing Date: Open Until Filled
Position Located in Richmond/City

For more information on the jobs posted visit the DOLI website at


OSHA NOLA Success Story

Click here to learn all about how Task Force members and DOLI employees Warren Rice and Justin Rogers conducted an intervention at a street-side debris removal site in East Orleans during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Planters Peanuts Celebrates a New Century

Click here to how Kraft Foods’ Planters Peanuts facility celebrated a new century of operating in Virginia and a new beginning in the Virginia VPP program..


Protecting Your Teen at Work

Each year the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry issues more than 10,000 employment certificates to teenagers. Click here to learn how to make their work experience not only a positive one, but a safe one as well.


Safety and Health Codes Board News

Click here to learn about the regulations presented, proposed and adopted at the meeting of the Safety and Health Codes Board on June 19, 2006.


Safety and Health Compliance Careers

Click here to learn about careers in safety and industrial hygiene.


12th Annual VOSH Conference to Be Held in Roanoke

The 12th Annual Virginia Occupational Safety and Health Conference will be held June 6 – 8, 2007 at the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center in Roanoke, Virginia. Click here for more information.


New OSHA Fact Sheet Highlights Hexavalent Chromium

OSHA recently posted to its Web site a new fact sheet focusing on the Health Effects of Hexavalent Chromium. The document, one example of compliance assistance materials that will complement OSHA's final standard on the compound (issued in February), offers preventative measures to reduce the harmful physical effects of hexavalent chromium, explains how employees can be exposed to it, and highlights some of the final standard's requirements.


‘QuickTips’ from QuickTakes

Agriculture is one of the most important industries in the nation, employing up to 20 million men and women. Unfortunately, it remains one of the most dangerous occupations. The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently reported that fatalities among agricultural workers rose 23 percent in 2005. The range of industry hazards is many; however, most agricultural-related accidents involve machinery. OSHA's Agricultural Operations safety and health topics page offers a wealth of information to reduce these numbers-including potential hazards, standards requirements, and suggested improvements for safety and health practices. A Web-based training tool that focuses on young employees is also available highlighting common agricultural hazards, and potential safety solutions. Meanwhile, here are some basic tips to foster safety at your particular worksite:

  • Inspect equipment routinely, and install rollover protection structures, protective enclosures or frames on farm tractors.
  • Replace guards on farm equipment immediately following maintenance.
  • Follow instructions on material safety data sheets and labels that come with chemical products; communicate this information to all employees.
  • Remember that unventilated grain silos and manure pits are breeding grounds for methane gas, carbon dioxide, ammonia and hydrogen sulfide.
  • Look to OSHA for more resource information to help employers prevent injuries, illnesses and fatalities among our nation's agriculture employees.


Venting of Combustion Equipment

One of the hazards associated with the operation of combustion equipment (such as boilers, water heaters, furnaces, etc.) inside buildings is the operation of burners with insufficient air to completely burn all fuel, which in turn produces soot and carbon monoxide – two kinds of unburned fuel. Click here to learn about the warning signs and why carbon monoxide is often called a “silent killer,” courtesy of the National Boards Bulletin/Winter 2002.

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