AMERICAN SOCIETY OF SAFETY ENGINEERS
Editor: Norma J. Lupkes
Puget Sound Chapter
Olympia Section April 2008
Thought for Month March Meeting
On vacations: We hit The March meeting was held on the 26th at the L&I Building in Tumwater with 9
the sunny beaches members and 2 guests in attendance. President Scott called the meeting to
where we occupy order and introductions followed.
ourselves keeping the
sun off our skin, the Scott attended the last Puget Sound Chapter meeting and he shared information
about “Senator Eide’s Cell Phone and Driving Legislation: SB 5037” presented by
saltwater off our
Peter Dodds. The bill does not ban cell phones but does require a hands-free
bodies, and the sand device; is considered a secondary offense and supersedes local government (i.e.
out of our cities). Four of five WA drivers think there ought to some sort of a law, be it
belongings. hands-free or a total ban. Many businesses prohibit their employees from using
cell phones while driving on business (Exxon and General Motors are 2); federal
Erma Bombeck law bans cell phone usage on all military installations.
The March speaker was Chuck Lemon, Crane and Maritime Safety Manager for
Labor & Industries. The new Crane Rule, ESHB 2171, was signed by the
Governor on April 10, 2007 before the investigation was even completed on the
Bellevue crane incident. It will apply to the 7-10k cranes in the state (with no
weight limits). The rule consists of two parts: the 1st part covering the
certification of cranes and operators which will be effective October of 2008; the
Treasury 2nd part will cover maintenance, inspections and operations [to include rigging
Balance and personnel baskets]. Public hearings on the 1st part are tentatively set for
$2,205.39 August 2008 in 5 cities and April 2009 on the 2nd part. Effective date is set for
January of 2010.
If you would like to receive updates on the rule contact Cindy Ireland at (360)
Meeting Next Meeting: April 23, 2008 11:30-1:00-L&I Bldg – Tumwater:
The topic will be Trenching and Shoring: what you need to know to
Apr 23, 2008 be safe. Working in and around excavations is one of the most
11:30-1:00 – dangerous jobs in industry. Hazards are usually placed into three
Room S216 categories: underground utilities, confined space hazards, and cave-ins.
L&I Building The speaker will be Kurt Stranne, PE, CSP of APEX Construction Safety.
Tumwater Kurt brings a wealth of experience and practical application of the
ASSE Olympia Section Executive Committee 2008
President Scott Edwards WA Dept L&I (360) 902-4732 Edww235@lni.wa.gov
Vice-President Roy Berreth City of Tacoma (253) 591-5745 email@example.com
Secretary Norma J. Lupkes Weyerhaeuser (253) 924-4532 firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer Tom Sjostrom WA Dept L&I (360) 902- Sjo235@lni.wa.gov
(Items below are informational only and not a recommendation by the Olympia ASSE section)
Paper Describes Efforts to Enhance Safety While 'Greening' the Hospitality
How safety, health and environmental (SH&E) professionals are working to eliminate or reduce
risks connected to "greening" efforts are featured in the new American Society of Safety
Engineers' (ASSE) Hospitality Branch's "Safety Implications of Greening" white paper.
"Safety, health and environmental (SH&E) professionals must understand the implications of this
increased focus on environmental concerns," said ASSE Hospitality Branch Chair David Natalizia.
"Efforts to make an operation more 'green' can also result in improved safety and health for
workers involved and for the general public. Greening efforts eliminate or reduce some traditional
risks, but may increase existing risks or introduce new ones."
The "Safety Implications of Greening" white paper provides the framework for SH&E
professionals to begin or enhance greening efforts within their organizations. It includes a history
of greening in the hospitality industry, key greening issues and their risks and benefits, examples
of greening programs in the hospitality industry, and tips for starting a greening program.
"Based on our experience in greening, we see success when executive leadership brings together
sound financials along with people considerations, their safety and health impact and
consequences in greening decisions," said ASSE Hospitality Branch member and white paper
author Fay Feeney, CSP, ARM. "Safety, health and environmental professionals have a broad
range of capabilities, skills and experience to assist in developing effective and profitable
In addition to providing an overview of greening activities and successes in the hospitality
industry, the paper also discusses the challenges and SH&E risks related to going green along
with the unexpected benefits. For example, an airline found that when their food service kitchens
recycle the obvious benefits were reducing pollution and resource management. Yet, they found
the secondary benefit from the program was the money saved went into a fund called "We care"
to assist co-workers going through periods of hardship. And with the $100,000 collected in the
fund in one city, they were able to retain staff needing support.
The white paper can be accessed in PDF format at
Labor Unions Are Back, BLS Confirms
The number of U.S. workers who belong to a union rose by 311,000 to 15.7 million last year, the
Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. BLS said union members accounted for 12.1 percent of
employed wage and salary workers, "essentially unchanged from 12.0 percent in 2006." The
growing Service Employees International Union, however, trumpeted the news, saying this is the
first time in 25 years that union members' share has increased.
In 1983, which BLS said was the first year for which comparable union data are available, the
union membership rate was 20.1 percent.
The union membership rate for public sector workers was 35.9 percent in 2007, about five times
higher than for private industry workers (7.5 percent). The category of public sector workers with
the highest rate, local government workers, includes teachers, police officers, and firefighters.
Private sector industries with high unionization rates include transportation and utilities (22.1
percent), telecommunications (19.7 percent), and construction (13.9 percent), the bureau
reported. The union membership rate was higher for men (13.0 percent) than for women (11.1
percent) in 2007 and higher for black workers (14.3 percent) than whites (11.8 percent), Asians
(10.9 percent), or Hispanics (9.8 percent).
SEIU said 114,158 new members joined its ranks in 2007 -- a 20 percent increase from the
numbers of previous years, and enough to raise this union's ranks to nearly 2 million members. It
is successfully organizing janitors and security officers.
Seattle, Portland Officials Warn of Potential Measles Exposure
April 11, 2008
Officials at Portland International Airport announced yesterday that a female passenger in her
20s who had measles flew to the airport on March 26. The woman flew from Amsterdam to
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and then to the airport in Portland and may have spread the
disease to fellow passengers or others at the airports before returning to Amsterdam via the
same route three days later. Officials at the King County Health Department in Seattle are
warning people who may have come into contact with the woman to be alert for the symptoms of
the measles and to get to a doctor immediately if they appear.
Three King County residents seated near the ill traveler during an Amsterdam to Seattle flight on
March 26 are being contacted by Public Health to assess their risk for measles, but the health
department says that others who were aboard Northwest Flight 33 (Amsterdam to Seattle) on
March 26 and those present in the S concourse, the C concourse (especially gate 2J) or the S
concourse train on March 26 between 3:25 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. should also be vigilant.
The Seattle Quarantine Station of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention learned that on
March 26 the unvaccinated passenger flew from Amsterdam to Seattle on Northwest Airlines
Flight 33, arriving in Seattle around 3:25 p.m. the department said. The passenger then flew from
Seattle to Portland on Horizon Airlines Flight 2243 departing from Seattle at 5 p.m. On March 28
the passenger developed a rash, left Portland for Amsterdam on March 29 aboard Northwest
Airlines Flight 92, and in the Netherlands had blood tests that confirmed the diagnosis of measles
on April 4.
Measles is a highly infectious and usually severe illness that causes fever, rash, cough, and red,
watery eyes. The rash begins on the face and spreads to the rest of the body. Fever, cough, and
other symptoms begin two to four days before the rash appears. Symptoms begin seven to 21
days after the exposure to measles occurred. Measles is contagious from approximately four
days before the rash appears through four days after the rash appears. People can spread
measles before they have the characteristic measles rash.
The disease spreads easily among susceptible persons and can result in serious infections
complicated by pneumonia, encephalitis, seizures, and death. Most people born before 1957 had
the disease in childhood, and younger people are routinely vaccinated against measles, both of
which provide protection against the disease. Anyone with possible measles should wear a mask
covering the nose and mouth, avoid public places, minimize contact with others, and stay out of
patient waiting rooms. More information about the disease is available at:
The No-Match Showdown By Jerry Laws
Today’s hottest workplace issue doesn’t involve OSHA or MSHA, but instead the Department of
Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration. DHS wants to make U.S. employers
liable if they continue to employ at least 8 million workers whose W-2 earnings statements don’t
match SSA’s records, which are growing by 8 million to 11 million mismatched earnings records
each year. By the time you read this column, DHS is likely to have issued a revised Safe Harbor
rule for employers who receive an SSA no-match letter; 140,000 employers would have received
the new no-match packets from the two agencies had U.S. District Judge Charles R. Breyer of
San Francisco not blocked the rule from taking effect last fall.
AFL-CIO, et al. v. Chertoff, et al., 07-4472- CRB, pits the AFL-CIO, two large unions, and the
U.S. Chamber of Commerce against the two federal agencies. The plaintiffs argued U.S. citizens
and legally authorized workers would lose their jobs simply because of errors in the Social
Security database. Judge Breyer agreed the initial rule threatened employers with higher
compliance costs and workers with a higher risk of termination. The ACLU, which joined the AFL-
CIO to fight the rule, posts legal documents from the case at www.aclu.org/nomatch. “There’s a
ton of innocuous reasons a lawful worker’s Social Security information might not match what the
SSA has on file,” ACLU staff attorney Jennifer Chang blogged. “These include typos or clerical
errors, name changes from marriage or divorce, or improper hyphenation or transliteration of
foreign names. . . .
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff agrees there can be innocent explanations for the
discrepancies but makes no apology for requiring employers to ensure their workers are legal.
Employers should know the steps that they ought to take in order to make sure that they do not
continue to hire or employ that illegal worker in their workforce.
Some employers resist the rules because they fear the impact on their workforces, Chertoff
added. “And I understand that enforcing the laws is now going to have an economic impact on
some industries. We’re going to try to do the very best we can to improve the law in a way to
make it easier to hire lawful workers. But at the end of the day, if people are hiring illegals, we’re
going to do everything we can with the tools we have to make sure that we react strongly and
aggressively and in a tough manner against that violation of the law.”
Many Americans believe illegal immigration is this country’s biggest problem. Millions of workers
are about to find themselves at the heart of this debate.
Green Building Council Expands Access to Homes Network
Dramatically expanding local access to green homebuilding expertise, the U.S. Green Building
Council of Washington, D.C., has doubled its network of LEED for Homes Providers across the
Launched by the nonprofit council in December 2007, LEED for Homes is a national, third-party
certification system for green homes. Green homes certified using LEED must complete a rigorous
on-site inspection to verify performance in energy efficiency, water conservation, non-toxic
materials, and other features. To date, more than 540 homes have been recognized at LEED
certification levels of Certified, Silver, Gold, or Platinum; and an additional 12,940 have registered
under the program and are currently under development.
"We are not powerless against the enormous environmental issues we face today," said Michelle
Moore, the council's senior vice president of Policy and Market Development. "By choosing a green
home, individual Americans can lower their utility bills, make a difference, and have a healthier,
more sustainable lifestyle for themselves and for their families."
Green homes, on average, save 30 to 50 percent on energy bills and reduce carbon dioxide
emissions by a similar amount. In the United States, homes account for 21 percent of all carbon
dioxide emissions. Green homes also use less water, create less waste, and have dramatically
better indoor environmental quality than conventionally built homes. For the people who live in a
green home, the result is lower utility bills and a healthier, better place to live. Green home
owners also cite fewer instances of mold and mildew, and fewer incidences of asthma.