The President announces the successor to SHARE!
The President has announced the establishment of a 4-year Protecting Our Workers and Ensuring Reemployment (POWER) Initiative, covering fiscal years 2011 through 2014. The POWER Initiative will extend the Safety, Health, and Return-to-Employment (SHARE) by setting more aggressive performance targets, encouraging the collection and analysis of data on the causes and consequences of frequent or severe injury and illness, and prioritizing safety and health management programs that have proven effective in the past.
Under the POWER Initiative, the Department of the Interior (DOI) will be expected to improve its performance in seven areas:
DOI will be working with the Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Office of Workers' Compensation Programs to establish performance targets in each category. The Secretary of Labor will lead the POWER Initiative and mea
sure both DOI and bureau level performance.
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Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders honored during heritagemonth
May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month – acelebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. OSHA isengaging in more than a dozen outreach events across the country to ensurethat vulnerable workers in the Asian American and Pacific Islander communityreceive the safety and health protections they need on the job. Local OSHAevents include regional interagency working groups, summits, fairs, forums,worker trade meetings, training events, consular partnerships and alliances.To find out more about what is going on in your area, contact your area office or call 800-321-OSHA .
Advisory committees address health hazards, construction andtemporary workers; whistleblower committee rechartered
Massachusetts summit to address emerging safety and healthtopics
Temporary workers, workplace violence and noise andhearing protection are just a few of the topics experts will cover at a June26 daylong safety summit at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.OSHA’s Springfield, Mass. Area Office, the OSHA Training Institute at KeeneState College in Keene, N.H. and the American Society of Safety Engineers areorganizing the event in cooperation with the university. Regional andnational experts, including Springfield Area Director Mary Hoye, will offernearly a dozen presentations about protecting workers from occupationalhazards. For more information and registration information, see theConnecticut Valley ASSE website at http://ctvalley.asse.org/.
OSHA and NOAA partner forHurricane Preparedness Week
OSHA and the National Oceanic and the AtmosphericAdministration are working together for the fourth year to promote HurricanePreparedness Week, May 25-31.
OSHA's top leader praises work of On-site Consultationprojects
More than 160 safety and healthprofessionals attended the 39th Annual On-site Consultation TrainingConference on May 6 in Denver. Assistant Secretary for Occupational Safetyand Health Dr. David Michaels kicked off the three-day training by praisingthe work of the 52 on-site consultation projects across the country. Theannual conference enables consultants to discuss issues most relevant totheir work, including emerging hazards and key topics in safety and health.
San Cast fined $155,900 by OSHA for repeatedly exposingworkers to falls, amputation hazards at Coshocton, Ohio, plant
Product safety recalls