Nov-Dec 2009

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

In This Special Issue...


Asbestos-Contaminated Vermiculite Insulation Poses Health Hazard

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is warning the public and electricians, plumbers and other contractors who perform work in attics about the potential risks of asbestos exposure from contaminated vermiculite insulation. Vermiculite from a Libby, Mont., mine containing asbestos was sold from 1919 to 1990 and used in the majority of vermiculite insulation in the United States. EPA's guidance document (English/Spanish) and vermiculite Web page offer ways to help reduce exposure.

DOLI Training Catalog Available Online

The 2009-2010 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!

15th Annual VOSH Conference to be Held in Lansdowne, VA

The 15th Annual Virginia Occupational Safety and Health Conference will be held June 1-4, 2010 at the National Conference Center in Lansdowne, Virginia.  Visit the DOLI website for more information.

50th STAR Site Recognized for Efforts to Control Exposures to Hexavalent Chromium

This May, Virginia celebrated the entry of its fiftieth STAR site into the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP), Raytheon Technical Services-Norfolk.  Click here to read more about the 250 employees of the 207,000 square foot service center.

H1N1 Advice for Employers

As an employer, your business may have already been impacted by the 2009 H1N1 flu outbreak. Your workplace could be a “point of spread” where employees can transmit flu to their coworkers as well as to customers and others in the community.  Click here for some steps that you can take to promote infection prevention and control in your workplace and maintain continuity of operations.

Innovation in Apprenticeship

Registered Apprenticeship can be a solution to many different dilemmas that face today’s employers.  The most common of these is the topic of training.  Since Registered Apprenticeship combines a full-time on the job component with a related instruction component, employers are confident that their employees, new or incumbent, will be trained in the theory and process of their occupation.  Additionally, many employees are eager to find employers who are willing to provide something more than just a job.  When they find each other, those employers and employees often create a career pathway rather than just a job.  Click here to read more about the Apprenticeship Program.

Interpretation Letter States High-Visibility Garments are Required for Road Construction Workers

High-visibility warning garments are required safety attire for highway and road construction workers according to an interpretation letter issued by OSHA. Read the letter for additional information.

Job Openings Available at DOLI
The Department of Labor and Industry is currently recruiting for the following:

Position No.:  00152
Job Title:  Senior Boiler Inspector/Compliance & Safety Officer IV
Recruitment Type:  G – General Public       
Closing Date:  Open Until Filled
Position Located in the Headquarters Office

Position No.: 00039
Job Title:  Boiler Inspector/Compliance & Safety Officer III
Recruitment Type:  G – General Public       
Closing Date:  Open Until Filled
Position could be located in any DOLI office

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

OSHA Tracks Worker Fatalities and Catastrophes

OSHA has posted weekly summaries of worker fatalities and catastrophes reported by OSHA area offices and state plan states. Visit the Directorate of Enforcement Programs' Worker Fatality Reports Web page for more details.

Virginia Child Labor Laws Enhance Driving Restrictions for Youth Employees

This year Child Labor Laws in the Code of Virginia were amended to provide additional driving restrictions intended to enhance the safety of minors working in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Click here to learn more about these Child Labor laws.

Virginia Workplace Fatalities in 2008

The Virginia Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) reported a preliminary total of 154 occupational fatalities in the Commonwealth in 2008, up by 5 percent from the revised total of 146 fatalities reported in 2007. Workers from the prime working age group (age 25 to 54) accounted for 58 percent of the fatalities.  Ninety-four percent of the fatalities were men.  In addition, 69 percent of those who died from a workplace injury were white, non-Hispanic. Click here to learn more.

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