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U.S. Flu Activity Report - Week Ending January 3, 2009 (Week 53)

Centers for Disease Control: Flu - Fri, 01/09/2009 - 21:00
Latest information on influenza activity in the United States.
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U.S. Flu Activity Report - Week Ending December 27, 2008 (Week 52)

Centers for Disease Control: Flu - Mon, 01/05/2009 - 21:00
Latest information on influenza activity in the United States.
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National Safety Council Adds Two New 'OSHA Walkthrough' Training Programs

OSHA (www.osha.gov) - Mon, 01/05/2009 - 06:00
The National Safety Council (NSC) is introducing two new versions of the OSHA Walkthrough for Industry training program. Like the original program, these versions are great for educating new employees or refreshing the expertise of seasoned staff. The NSC's original OSHA Walkthrough for Industry covers 22 regulatory topics using content from the U.S Occupational Safety & Health Administration's 10-hour training program. The NSC program features an animated character to present lessons and quizzes in an interactive, entertaining manner that enhances retention.
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U.S. Flu Activity Report - Week Ending December 20, 2008 (Week 51)

Centers for Disease Control: Flu - Tue, 12/30/2008 - 00:00
Latest information on influenza activity in the United States.
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RedVector Releases Two New OSHA Courses

OSHA (www.osha.gov) - Thu, 12/25/2008 - 06:00
RedVector has announced the release of two new OSHA courses. With the release and immediate availability of OSHA Safety: Introduction to Powered Industrial Trucks and OSHA Recordkeeping: General Recording Criteria, RedVector once again demonstrates its commitment to providing the highest quality and most accessible continuing education and professional development courses to the design and construction industries.
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Cal/OSHA Cites Los Angeles Carwash Businesses for Unsafe Practices

OSHA (www.osha.gov) - Tue, 12/23/2008 - 06:00
Cal/OSHA investigators this month issued $25,085 in citations for safety and health violations at two Los Angeles Carwash businesses. The companies, Vermont Carwash and Hollywood Carwash were inspected on July 28, 2008 after the Los Angeles Cal/OSHA office received complaints filed by the Southern California Coalition on Occupational Safety and Health on behalf of the employees working at the businesses. Carwashes and other operations using energized machinery and hazardous chemicals have specific requirements they must meet to control exposure and prevent accidents, said Cal/OSHA Chief Len Welsh. Serious injuries or even fatal accidents can be caused by this kind of work if employers fail to protect employees from the types of hazards we found.
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OSHA forms safety partnership with Jensen Construction Co. of Des Moines, Iowa

OSHA (www.osha.gov) - Tue, 12/23/2008 - 06:00
Ensuring worker safety and health during Interstate 80 bridge construction over the Missouri River is the goal of a new strategic partnership formed between the U.S. Department of Labors Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Jensen Construction Co. of Des Moines, Iowa.Along with Jensen, general contractor for the new I-80 bridge, OSHA also has extended program participation to subcontractors working on the bridge project. The bridge links Omaha, Neb, and Council Bluffs, Iowa.
Categories: OSHA Updates

OSHA's Cintas Settlement Falls Short

OSHA (www.osha.gov) - Sun, 12/21/2008 - 06:00
In the final weeks of Republican control of Washington, the Bush Administration's OSHA has entered into a nearly toothless settlement agreement with Cintas over lethal violations in its laundries. The agreement attempts to resolve six OSHA cases relating to citations against Cintas for safety hazards at laundry facilities across the country, including hazards that led to the March 2007 death of Cintas worker Eleazar Torres Gomez. Unsafe conditions at Cintas have garnered nationwide media attention and the largest penalty in the service industry. Unfortunately, the agreement not only downgrades the severity of the 43 willful violations issued against Cintas since last spring, but also allows for a two-year delay in many plants across the country in guarding the kind of machines which caused the death of Eleazar Torres Gomez. Torres Gomez was pulled by a conveyor into a 300-degree industrial dryer and trapped for 20 minutes, dying of trauma and thermal injuries. The settlement agreeme
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U.S. Flu Activity Report - Week Ending December 19, 2008 (Week 50)

Centers for Disease Control: Flu - Fri, 12/19/2008 - 20:30
Latest information on influenza activity in the United States.
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RR Donnelley's Lynchburg, VA Facility Recommended for OSHA's VPP Star Status Recertification

OSHA (www.osha.gov) - Mon, 12/15/2008 - 06:00
R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company announced that its 725,000 sq. ft. facility in Lynchburg, VA has been recommended for recertification to OSHA's Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star Status. Created in 1982, OSHA's Voluntary Protection Programs recognize and collaborate with businesses and worksites that show excellence in occupational safety and health. We believe that safety is the first and most important measure of operational excellence, said John Paloian, RR Donnelley's Chief Operating Officer. We are extremely proud of our employees' exceptional teamwork, innovation and attention to safety as reflected by VPP Star Status.
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OSHA renews Alliance with the Association for High Technology Distribution

OSHA (www.osha.gov) - Thu, 12/11/2008 - 06:00
A checklist that ensures the proper functioning of a machine guarding device is among the products developed through an Alliance recently renewed between the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Association for High Technology Distribution (AHTD) to protect machine operators. The association created the Sample Light Curtain Check-Out Log that lists inspection items such as verifying that additional guarding devices, interlock switches and mechanical barriers are installed and operating properly. In addition, AHTD Implementation Team members presented 10 machine guarding training seminars to OSHA staff nationwide. The seminars provided technical information about the use of machine guarding devices and robotics in the workplace.
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U.S. Flu Activity Report - Week Ending December 6, 2008 (Week 49)

Centers for Disease Control: Flu - Sat, 12/06/2008 - 20:00
Latest information on influenza activity in the United States.
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Influenza vaccination activities, media events, and campaigns for the 2008-09 season.

Centers for Disease Control: Flu - Fri, 12/05/2008 - 23:15
A listing of scheduled state and territorial influenza activities and events.
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National Influenza Vaccination Week: December 8 - December 14, 2008

Centers for Disease Control: Flu - Fri, 12/05/2008 - 23:00
National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) begins December 8, 2008. This event is designed to highlight the importance of continuing influenza (flu) vaccination, as well as foster greater use of flu vaccine through the months of December, January, and beyond.
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U.S. Flu Activity Report - Week Ending November 29, 2008 (Week 48)

Centers for Disease Control: Flu - Fri, 12/05/2008 - 22:00
Latest information on influenza activity in the United States.
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U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao announces new membership of OSHA advisory committee

OSHA (www.osha.gov) - Mon, 12/01/2008 - 06:00
U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao today announced the appointment of five members to the 12-person National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH). The committee, established under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, advises the Secretaries of labor and health and human services on occupational safety and health programs. We appreciate the advisory committee members' willingness to contribute their time and expertise as they assist the department in improving the safety and health of America's workers, said Secretary Chao.
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U.S. Flu Activity Report - Week Ending November 22, 2008 (Week 47)

Centers for Disease Control: Flu - Wed, 11/26/2008 - 20:00
Latest information on influenza activity in the United States.
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MetaPower International Develops New Software Application Package to Enhance Industrial Plant Safety

OSHA (www.osha.gov) - Tue, 11/25/2008 - 06:00
MetaPower International,has announced that the Company is developing a plant safety product. The plant safety product is a suite of management software ware applications and accompanying services designed to provide a complete solution encompassing plant processes and personnel safety. The program will aid MetaPower clients to create safer working environments while increasing productivity. The product is designed to assist companies to obtain the OSHA Voluntary Protection Program certification. The plant safety product software will provide a way for plant operators to record, track and report all safety processes operating in the plant. The data collected through this product will provide plant operators the ability to identify problems, determine causes and establish the necessary changes to correct the problems. The plant safety product also assesses the impact of those changes, establishes actions to implement the changes and tracks the actions to closure.
Categories: OSHA Updates

Aker Philadelphia Shipyard and OSHA Form Partnership

OSHA (www.osha.gov) - Mon, 11/24/2008 - 06:00
Aker Philadelphia Shipyard, an U.S. commercial shipyard, recently signed an agreement entering into a partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The partnership is designed to assist Aker Philadelphia Shipyard in implementing a safety program to further protect employees, improve safety statistics and become qualified to participate in OSHA's Voluntary Protection Program (VPP). The agreement was signed November 12th during a small ceremony at the shipyard by representatives of OSHA, The Philadelphia Metal Trades Council and Aker Philadelphia Shipyard.
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Raytheon Center Receives OSHA's Highest Safety Rating

OSHA (www.osha.gov) - Mon, 11/24/2008 - 06:00
Raytheon Company's (NYSE: RTN) Seapower Capability Center, Portsmouth, R.I., received a star rating from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for its outstanding record and assessment results as part of the Voluntary Protection Program.The star rating is the VPP's most prestigious level of recognition. It is reserved for employers and employees who have implemented exemplary occupational safety and health practices and achieved injury-illness rates below their industry's national average. Only a select number of facilities across the country receive a VPP star rating each year due to OSHA's strict selection standards and the rigorous evaluation process. The VPP sets performance-based criteria for a managed safety and health system. OSHA's verification process includes a thorough on-site evaluation by a team of safety and health experts.
Categories: OSHA Updates
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