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:

    (i) reducing total injury and illness case rates;
    (ii) reducing lost time injury and illness case rates;
    (iii) analyzing lost time injury and illness data;
    (iv) increasing the timely filing of workers' compensation claims;
    (v) increasing the timely filing of wage-loss claims;
    (vi) reducing lost production day rates; and
    (vii) speeding employees' return to work in cases of serious injury or illness.

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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DOI's POWER Performance

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Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders honored during heritagemonth


Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month

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 [6742].
Since2011, OSHA has increased its number of outreach activities to AAPI-specificcommunities by 50 percent, and is continuing to seek out new ways to reachthe APPI community throughout the year.


Advisory committees address health hazards, construction andtemporary workers; whistleblower committee rechartered


The Temporary Worker workgroup of OSHA's NationalAdvisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health met May 9 in Washington,D.C., to continue discussing ways to better protect temporaryworkers. Topics included gaps in theprotection of temporary workers, the difference between temporary workers andcontract workers, and the joint responsibility of host employers and staffingagencies to ensure the safety of these workers. For more information, visitthe NACOSH Web page.
OSHA's Advisory Committee on Construction Safety andHealth met May 7 and 8 in Washington, D.C., where members and attendeesdiscussed the proposed rulemaking on Beryllium: Alternatives forConstruction; updates to OSHA's standard on eye and face protection inconstruction; and proposed amendments and corrections to OSHA's Cranes andDerricks standards. For more information on these topics, visit the ACCSH Web page.
Additionally, the agency's Whistleblower ProtectionAdvisory Committee was re-established to advise and make recommendations tothe secretary of labor and the assistant secretary for occupational safetyand health on ways to improve the fairness, efficiency, effectiveness andtransparency of OSHA's whistleblower protection activities. The charter willremain in effect for two years. For more information, view the press release.

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Massachusetts summit to address emerging safety and healthtopics

OSHA Summer Summit

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

National Hurricane Preparedness Week - May 25 - May 31

OSHA and the National Oceanic and the AtmosphericAdministration are working together for the fourth year to promote HurricanePreparedness Week, May 25-31.
OSHA and NOAA encourage employers to stay aware ofweather forecasts, train workers on workplace severe weather plans, and keepemergency supplies on hand, including a battery-operated weather radio.Employers must also ensure that workers involved in response and recovery areprotected from potential safety and health hazards.
OSHA provides resources on workplace preparedness andresponse for severe weather emergencies including hurricanes, floods andtornadoes, among others. Follow all of the week’s activities on the National Hurricane Center’s Webpage and visit OSHA's Hurricane Preparedness and Responsepage for more information onprotecting workers from hurricane-related hazards.


OSHA's top leader praises work of On-site Consultationprojects


On-site Consultation Program

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.
OSHA's On-site Consultation Program offers a free andconfidential service for small and medium-sized businesses. Consultants workwith employers to identify workplace hazards, provide advice on compliancewith OSHA standards and assist in establishing injury and illness preventionprograms. On-site consultation services are separate from enforcement and donot result in penalties or citations. To learn more, visit OSHA’s On-site Consultation Web page.


San Cast fined $155,900 by OSHA for repeatedly exposingworkers to falls, amputation hazards at Coshocton, Ohio, plant


A follow-up inspection by the Occupational Safety andHealth Administration at San Cast Inc. found workers still exposed to amputation and fall hazards at the Coshocton, Ohio, castingand foundry facility. The facility was previously cited after a workersuffered a leg amputation in June 2013. OSHA has issued 17 additionalviolations, carrying proposed penalties of $155,900 as a result of theNovember 2013 inspection.
"San Cast continues to demonstrate a completedisregard for the health and safety of its workers by failing to correctknown hazards," said Deborah Zubaty, OSHA's area director in Columbus."These hazards expose workers to potential lacerations and amputationinjuries daily. No one should be risking injury on a job because theiremployer consistently fails to follow safety practices."
OSHA cited repeat violations for failing to protectemployees from the ingoing nip points of belts, pulleys, chains andsprockets. San Cast also was cited for failing to protect employees from fallhazards associated with an unguarded platform. OSHA was cited the company forthese violations in both March and September 2013. San Cast also was citedfor 11serious safety violations involving lack of lockout/tagout procedures,exposing workers to struck-by hazards and failing to maintain an overheadtrolley system. The company also failed to inspect cranes and hoistsregularly, and broken crane wires were discovered. For more information, viewthe citations and read the press release.


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