March 1, 2012 / Volume 10, Number 5
OSHA Asks for Over $565 Million for FY 2013
OSHA Issues Memorandum on Residential Construction Fall Protection
STOP™ Implementation Assistance Workshops
Safe Diplomacy: Solis Strikes Deals with India, Colombia
Eye On Safety
OSHA Asks for Over $565 Million for FY 2013
Budget request only slightly higher than the previous year's.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is asking for $565,468,000 for its Fiscal Year 2013 budget, a comparatively modest increase of nearly $700,000 from its FY 2012 funds.

With its proposed budget, OSHA plans to develop and revise safety standards, perform inspections, and conduct outreach programs.

Notably, OSHA will devote more funds to:
  • Address complex safety and health threats in today's workplaces
  • Enhance OSHA-administered whistleblower programs
    • Cut backlog of whistleblower claims
    • Speed up complaint handling
    • Prepare for a higher volume of cases
  • Support the Modernization of Injury and Illness Data Collection project
The FY 2013 budget also includes plans to save money, such as measures to abolish or consolidate certain offices.

See the specific amounts in the DOL's Budget Request.
OSHA Issues Memorandum on Residential Construction Fall Protection
Dr. David Michaels writes to OSHA Regional Administrators.

The temporary enforcement policies for the new directive on fall protection in residential construction will continue until September 15, 2012.

The extension was revealed in a memorandum from Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA, Dr. David Michaels.

The temporary enforcement policies were first established on September 22, 2011, and would have ended on March 15, 2012. The policies state that:
  • OSHA prioritizes compliance assistance efforts for residential fall protection
  • OSHA Area Directors will allow a reduction in penalties for sites attempting to comply in "good faith".
However, OSHA doesn't extend this reduction in cases of catastrophe, serious injury or death. Violators of the new directive are given 30 days to remedy non-compliance.

These temporary enforcement policies only cover employers who are at least following the old directive. Citations will be given for those who do not comply with either the old or new directive.

For more information, read Dr. Michaels' memorandum.

STOP™ Implementation Assistance Workshops
Help ensure a successful STOP™ roll-out in your workplace.

The award-winning DuPont™ STOP™ program provides a path to workplace safety excellence by making safe behavior and workplace conditions part of the work culture – thus helping to prevent injuries and incidents. The objective of STOP™ is to stop injuries by improving safety observation skills and helping people talk with others about safety. It teaches employees to recognize safe and unsafe conditions as well as safe and unsafe acts.

STOP™ For Each Other, STOP™ For Supervision and STOP™ For Ergonomics use proven instructional design in a combination of tested training methods to give people the information, skills and willingness to work more safely; to maximize their learning; and to apply what they learn to the real world.

To optimize your success with STOP™, it is essential to implement the program using proven methodologies which have been tested and refined at DuPont sites and client sites for more than 30 years. Two options have proven to be successful:
  • Cascade Implementation – training cascades from the top down
  • Direct Implementation – senior management and all program leaders are trained by the STOP™ administrator or someone he or she has assigned to the job.
One way to accomplish the Direct Implementation is to participate in an Implementation Assistance Workshop or IAW – either at your site or a public workshop. The IAW for STOP™ For Supervision (general industry or oil & gas specific), STOP™ For Each Other (general industry or oil & gas specific), or STOP™ For Ergonomics helps build a strong foundation for the STOP™ program and increases involvement across your organization. Additionally, the public workshops provide the opportunity to benchmark with organizations who are also implementing STOP™.

Send your STOP™ leadership team to a STOP™ Implementation Workshop near you!

Review the agenda or see the list of upcoming workshops.

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Safe Diplomacy: Solis Strikes Deals with India, Colombia
Promotion of safety abroad and international cooperation.

Last month, Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Hilda Solis met with her Indian and Colombian counterparts to discuss safety issues and hammer out new agreements.

Solis first met with Rafael Pardo, Colombia's Labor Minister. The two officials discussed Colombia's accomplishments in keeping workers safe. Solis also spoke of the "ongoing technical cooperation" between Colombia's Labor Ministry and U.S. DOL, and announced a $2-million grant to the International Labor Organization (ILO).

The ILO funds seek to enhance its presence in Colombia and help the country continue its successes under the Colombia Action Plan Related to Labor Rights. Launched in April 2011, the plan works to protect workers against violence and prosecute the perpetrators of that violence, among other things.

A day after Solis' meeting with Pardo, she and Indian Minister of Labour and Employment, Mallikarjun Kharge signed a "memorandum of understanding" (MOU) to promote labor ties between the United States and India.

The MOU will facilitate discussions between both countries' labor officials on mutual issues, including mine safety, skills education, and youth employment. Solis and Kharge had met in 2010 after a conference of G20 labor and employment ministers.

Eye On Safety
March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month.

According to Prevent Blindness America, more than 2,000 people injure their eyes at work each day. Of the total amount of work-related injuries, 10-20 percent will cause temporary or permanent vision loss.

Help your employees protect their eyes with DuPont Sustainable Solutions' personal protective equipment (PPE) and eye safety training programs.

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