This health, safety and environment electronic update comes from Chip Dawson and the Rochester Business Alliance as a service to member companies. There are currently 290 names on the list.
OSHA Recordkeeping Training Runs Sept. 20...Our most popular safety and health training at the Rochester Business Alliance is OSHA Recordkeeping. The half-day comprehensive lecture and discussion program is from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Sept. 20 . A good-sized class has already been registered, so the program is a definite go. Call Edna Smith, the Rochester Business Alliance Registrar, at (585) 256-4641 to register.
Safety PowerPoint® Programs Available...The University of Vermont has long made PowerPoint® programs developed by members of the SAFETY list available for free. Many of those programs are now available at SlideShare and are suitable for safety meetings and training. You can find the UV programs at www.slideshare.net/vtsiri/slideshows. An RSS feed, which is easier to browse, is available by clicking here.
OSHA Asks for Input on Emergency Standard...OSHA has published a Request for Information seeking input from the public to determine what action, if any, the Agency should take to further address emergency response and preparedness. The Request for Information was published in the 09/11/07 Federal Register. OSHA is accepting comments from the public until Dec. 10, 2007. For more information and a link to the notice, click here.
Workplace Bullying...Occupational Hazards magazine reports that a new Workplace Bullying Institute (WBI)/Zogby interactive survey has found that more than half of the working American population has suffered or witnessed workplace bullying, including verbal abuse, job sabotage, abuse of authority or destruction of workplace relationships. To review the survey results online, click here.
OSHA Schedules Hearing on PPE Design Standards...OSHA is inviting the public to participate in an informal public hearing on the agency's plan to update its personal protective equipment (PPE) design standards. The hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Dec. 4, 2007, at the U.S. Department of Labor's Frances Perkins Building in Washington. OSHA published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the May 17 Federal Register to revise the PPE sections of its general industry, shipyard employment, longshoring and marine terminals standards regarding the use of eye, face, head, and foot protection. Click here for more details on the hearing are available in the Aug. 31 Federal Register.
VPPPA Conference...In a special ISHN magazine on-line report, managing editor Bill Noone addressed pearls from the Voluntary Protection Programs Participants Conference held recently in Washington. Leadership was a hot topic, as evidenced by this quote: "The best safety programs are management led, employee driven," said speaker Mark E. Hurliman, CSHM, VPP/SHARP program manager with Oregon OSHA. "You have to enable employees to continuously improve themselves, conditions, processes and procedures, and quality. Always ask for feedback from your employees. They are the experts." J.R. Ragsdale, director HSE/FG&ES, Honeywell, emphasized the importance of a Leadership Safety Observation Program (LSOP). "You've got to be out on the floor talking to people in order to help change behaviors," he said. David G. Lynn, corporate HSE manager, Flour Corp., challenged attendees to not let circumstances and priorities dictate their values. "You deal with the crisis, but you always stay with your values."
CDC Travel Book Updated...The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released the 2008 edition of Health Information for International Travel. This book, commonly referred to as the "Yellow Book," is published every two years and serves as a reference for health risks for international travelers and healthcare providers. It contains updated information on avian flu, yellow fever and malaria, as well as current vaccination guidelines. To search the Yellow Book on-line, click here.
Prevention through Design (PtD)...One of the best ways to prevent and control occupational injuries, illnesses, and fatalities is to "design out" or minimize hazards and risks early in the design process. NIOSH is leading a national initiative called Prevention through Design (PtD) to promote this concept and highlight its importance in all business decisions. PtD is defined as: Addressing occupational safety and health needs in the design process to prevent or minimize the work-related hazards and risks associated with the construction, manufacture, use, maintenance, and disposal of facilities, materials, and equipment. According to NIOSH, a growing number of business leaders are recognizing PtD as a cost-effective means to enhance occupational safety and health. For more about PtD, click here.
All-Hazards Radios Recalled...The CPSC has announced the recall of 66,000 Oregon Scientific Weather Radios. The radios could fail to receive National Weather Service alert signals in certain areas of the country. In the event of severe weather, this failure could put a consumer's life and property at risk. Only the All Hazards Portable Weather Alert Radio WR103NX, Portable Public Alert Radio WR108, Public Alert Weather Station WRB308, and the John Deere Public Alert Weather Station WRB308J are involved. The radios were sold from December 2005 through June 2007 for between $30 and $150. To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the recalled products, click here.
Dawson Book Available Electronically...Safety for the Leader/Manager: from Compliance to Excellence is a 200-page "easy read" on the safety management process written for organizational executives and managers. Loaded with tips and tools and real-life examples, the book is recommended reading for anyone undertaking a safety process improvement or workplace culture change. Fully revised and updated in 2006, the PDF file is $15.00 for a single user and $100.00 for a site-wide license. E-mail ChipDawson@aol.com for more information.
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Lawrence H. "Chip" Dawson Dawson Associates Rochester Business
Alliance Coordinating Consultant for HSE 6 Saddle Ridge Trail Fairport,
NY 14450-9584 (585) 425-1639