June-July 2008

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

In This Issue...


Bringing Traffic Safety into the Workplace

Transportation incidents are the leading cause of death by occupational injury in Virginia. That's why it is crucial to partner with workplaces throughout Virginia to share information and materials to help employers educate and inform their employees on better safety practices. Thanks to a grant from the Department of Motor Vehicles and partnerships with the Virginia Department of General Services and the Virginia Community College System, DRIVE SMART Virginia is going on the road to deliver its traffic safety message. Click here to learn more about this important safety message.

Boiler Safety Division Publishes 2007 Edition of the National Inspection Code

The big news that is affecting all jurisdictions this year is the publication of the 2007 edition of the National Board Inspection Code.  The National Board has changed the format of the Code and has issued it in three separate volumes:  Installation, Inspection, and Repairs and Alterations.  The price for the three volumes is unchanged from the former one volume edition; however, savings can be realized if only one section of the Code is needed.  Click here to learn more about this publication.

Labor Law Conducts Successful Child Labor Inspection Blitz in 2008

The Virginia Department of Labor and Industry has recently conducted its second statewide awareness campaign to instruct businesses and parents about youth employment.

The campaign ran from June 23 – 25, and was essentially a “door-to-door” effort to personally contact as many as 400 employers during this the summer youth employment season. 

The division had a very successful inspection Blitz. A total of 245 inspections were conducted statewide from June 23 - 25, 2008. Fifteen warnings were issued for the following categories; hours, prohibited occupations, records, and certificates.

Statistics were also reported on Labor Law activities for the period of January through June, 2008.

Every three minutes the Division received a labor law inquiry by telephone.

Every forty-eight minutes an internet inquiry was received, researched, and answered.

Every sixty-five minutes a new claim for unpaid wages investigation was opened.

Every three hours a claim for unpaid wages was resolved through First Response.

Every fifty-nine seconds the Division collected $1.00 in unpaid wages.

To learn more about Virginia’s child labor laws click here.

13th Annual VOSH Conference Held

The 13th Annual Virginia Occupational Safety and Health Conference was held June 3-6 2008 at the Renaissance Portsmouth Hotel and Waterfront Conference Center in Portsmouth, Virginia. To learn more about this year’s conference and review pictures of presentations and vendors, click here.

Safety and Health Codes Board Recent Actions

Click here to learn more about the recent actions of the Safety and Health Codes Board.

OSHA and the Department Offer Quick Card on Crane Safety

Fatalities and serious injuries can occur if cranes are not inspected and used properly. Many fatalities can occur when the crane boom, load line or load contacts power lines and shorts electricity to the ground. The Department urges Virginia employers and employees to become more aware of these hazards. Click here to learn more about other incidents that can occur.

OSHA Offers Advice on Working In Summer Heat

Summer officially began on June 20, and hot weather is upon us in many areas of the country. During this time of year, it is especially important to pay attention to heat stress and other dangers posed by the summer sun. OSHA reminds readers of its free downloadable resources, such as the Heat Stress QuickCard (English/Spanish) that employees can use to become aware of the risk of health ailments from working in hot temperatures. OSHA's Working Outdoors in Warm Climates fact sheet features more information on heat stress and other summer-weather hazards. Links to more information are also available on the Department’s web site, www.doli.virginia.gov.

OSHA Announces New OTI Education Centers

OSHA has announced eight new OSHA Training Institute (OTI) Education Centers. Current OTI Education Centers offer training courses on OSHA standards and occupational safety and health issues. Made up of nonprofit organizations, the additional OTI Education Centers will increase OSHA's reach throughout the nation to provide safety and health training. Created in 1992 to complement OTI in Illinois, the centers provide training to private sector and federal personnel from agencies outside OSHA. More than 27,000 people were trained in fiscal year 2007. For more information on the Education Centers program and the Directorate of Training and Education, visit www.osha.gov.

DOLI Set To Release New Training Catalogue

The Department will release the 2008-2009 training catalog on the agency's web site in the near future. Check www.doli.virginia.gov often for updates.

NOAA Office of Response and Restoration Poised to Respond as Hurricane Season Starts

With the arrival of hurricane season, NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R) is prepared to respond quickly to hazardous material spill incidents resulting from severe storm events.  OR&R scientists work with federal, state and local agencies to provide scientific support and assistance before, during and after hurricanes strike. Click here to learn more about NOAA and its Office of Response and Restoration.

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