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November 2004 - Page 1 NEILetter NEIL News November 2004 By Newsletter Editor Joe jewel of a facility located in our Volume 7, Issue 11 Islinger own backyard, promises to be both fascinating and educational. NEXT MEETING NOVEMBER 10— THE BEST OF THE BEST WEDNESDAY—TOUR OF And, speaking of the Best of the ARGONNE NATIONAL LAB As I write this, New York and Best, how about the recently Boston are engaged in a pitch concluded ASSE Leadership battle to claim the rights to call Conference, held the weekend Inside this Issue them selves the best of the before last, again in our own American League of baseball. backyard. . I sure hope you took NEIL NEWS AND OTHER The winner then heads into the the opportunity to take a big 1 CHAPTER NEWS World Series against St. Louis or Houston. Even if you dislike swing at this pitch; to attend and participate in this conference. MEET YOUR CHAPTER baseball, feel the players are 2 MANAGEMENT overpaid underachievers, and try to ignore the whole process, the So, what’s your safety batting average? How do you do in the TOUR OF ARGONNE annual ritual is as much a part of clutch? Do you have what it 3 NATIONAL LAB WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 10TH fall as is pumpkins, frost and leaves. Listening to the game, I takes to strike out the side? Go the distance? ASSE FOUNDATION can’t help but wonder if we 4 SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE SUMMARY / CHICAGOLAND aren’t “The Best of the Best” in the Safety world. Past President Andy Tudor sent a great quote today. Said the SAFETY CONFERENCE 2004 great Will Rogers: “Even if you In this newsletter, you will be are on the right track, you'll get SCSE ACTIVITIES treated to a photo glimpse of the run over if you just sit there." 5 ACHIEVING SAFETY 16th annual Chicagoland Safety Conference, hosted by your I hope we are delivering what 6 EXCELLENCE GOOD SAFETY READING ASSE chapter along with other local chapters of the ASSE and you need to be the Best of the Best at your facility, so you SLEEP DISORDERS & AIHA, OSHA, NIU, and Illinois don’t get run over. If not, please SAFETY DCCA. Those of you who at- let us know. Take care and stay tended know that this is indeed safe. ASSE/NAOSH KIDS SAFETY 9 ON THE JOB POSTER CONTEST the Best of the Best for yourself and your career to further your Changes to 2004-5 ASSE SAFETY safety expertise. Take a look in Chapter Meeting 10 COMPENSATION SURVEY ILLINOIS OH SUMMIT 10/25 this newsletter at this Grand Slam of Safety. And if you Schedule missed it this year, we are plan- GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS 11 UPDATE SAFETY EMPLOYMENT ning CSC 2005 right now. We are happy to have your ideas, Conflicts in scheduling have forced the following changes to thoughts, suggestions, and help. 17 MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT We just wrapped up a dynamite the 2004-5 ASSE NEIL Chapter meeting schedule. We regret any inconvenience the changes may 20 NOVEMBER 10, 2004 program last week on getting and keeping a job in the Safety have caused. Changes are in BOLD below. ASSE Northeastern Illinois Chapter profession. And the second out PO Box 72698 of the double play is coming up . Nov. 10, 1PM, Lunch Roselle, IL 60172-0698 next month a unique activity followed by Facility Tour, broght to you by your chapter Argonne National Laboratory, management. The tour of Ar- Argonne, IL gonne National Laboratory, a November 2004 - Page 2 . December 9, 6:00 p.m. Cash web site. Believe me, if you next page). We hope to see you Bar / Reception,. Chandlers', haven’t been on the ASSE soon. Schaumburg IL 7:00 p.m. headquarters web site recently, Dinner & Awards Joint you must surf in sometime soon. Chapter Rosters meeting with ASSE Greater There’s a lot here to benefit you Chicago and AIHA Chicago and your career. Chapter rosters are available at Section. chapter meetings for any Next, Dan Brockman, EHS member who wishes to have a ..Jan 19, 2005, 7:00 am, Indoor Recruiter of Trainingjob.com, printed copy of the roster. Air Quality, Harper College Barrington IL, hosted a dynamic Please note that you can go to discussion on the state of the the ASSE web site and search . Feb 9, 12 Noon Registration & Safety Profession in the real the member database at any time Lunch ASSE Headquarters Des world. Dan confirmed that the for contact information if you Plaines IL. safety profession is doing pretty are looking for a specific chapter well right now, employers are member. ½ day seminar 12:45-4:45 seeking qualified candidates and Seminar topics: Accident good potentials exist. Dan Causation, Costs of Accident provided some excellent Prevention, Implementing an pointers to attendees on their 2004-2005 Officers & Effective Safety Program, Workers Compensation resumes, the job search process, Committee Chairs networking, and Career paths in Management safety. PRESIDENT: Earl Hansen 815-753-0579 . Mar 9, 7:00 a.m. Hot Topics Next, Dan rifled the ball over to PRESIDENT-ELECT – Michael in Safety (at Harper College) Chapter member Fred Sarlitto 708-514-5386 TREASURER: Tony Weber 630- Moskowicz for a Triple Play!!!. 202-1752 . Apr 13, 7:00 a.m. Student Fred told us his story. For those SECRETARY: Sara Gibson CSP EHS Presentations, Chapter of you who don’t know Fred, 847-925-6923 Elections. Harper College PAST PRESIDENT Elizabeth past Chapter Treasurer, he has Cunningham 847-482-2747 . May 11, 1pm, Lunch followed recently come through the career DELEGATES TO THE 2005 PDC: by Facility Tour, TBD change process in pretty decent Dr. Earl Hansen, Michael Sarlitto shape overall. He talked about his initial reactions when COMMITTEE CHAIRS . June 8, 6:00 p.m. Planning Meeting; Installation of New released from his prior MEMBERSHIP: Linda Hiser Officers; New Officer employer, his search, his 773-467-0797 Orientation Harper College, networking plan, and finally, his FOUNDATION: Alex Garcia 847- victory, a great position with a 413-9102 x297 Palatine, IL Diana Franck 800-818-1079 growing company. It sure wasn’t AWARDS/HONORS: Rich Rapacki October Chapter easy but the process worked like 630-879-3006 it should and Fred’s insights STUDENT SECTION: Dennis Meeting Summary should help us all. Cesarotti 630-726-2180 NEWSLETTER – Joe Islinger Around 25 chapter members 312-930-2538 Here’s a hearty THANK YOU came out to ASSE Headquarters COPS (Practices & Standards) to those who presented and those Robert (Bob) Harcar 847-205-6171 in Des Plaines IL last week to who came to participate. Some Tony Zoia, 847-719-5379 participate in a fantastic program students came in from NIU, JOBS Liz Cunningham 847-482- put together by Liz Cunningham chapter members on both sides 2747 and Earl Hansen. The program PUBLIC RELATIONS: Andrew of the hiring fence met and Tudor 847-824-3600 “Jobs: How to Get and Keep shared stories, and hopefully 2004 CSC: Mike Sarlitto One” began with a fine benefited from the evening. 708-514-5386 presentation by Patrick Arkins from ASSE’s National WEBMASTER: Mia Hannon Headquarters. Patrick showed us New Member? HANNON@EIGER.CEET.NIU.EDU CHAPTER WEB SITE the benefits provided by ASSE For all new members, the first www.ceet.niu.edu/depts/tech/asse/ National for us to use to further meeting attended by a new neilasse/index.html our careers. He then took us on a member is free! We are guided tour of the web site confident that you will learn www.asse.org , showing the something and take away more Newsletter Articles Members-only benefits, job than what you came with. Just listings, networking, safety chat, Please send your newspaper contact our Membership Chair, and other useful features of the articles, list of job openings, or Linda Hiser. (See the box on the November 2004 - Page 3 other information of interest to Public Affairs with Argonne, 3) Enhancing the nation's our chapter to Joe Islinger at suggests lunch at The Patio energy resources to ensure Joe.Islinger@stpaul.com restaurant, 7440 South Kingery America's energy future. Highway (Route 83), Darien IL, Argonne is working to develop Change of Address? 630-920-0211. This is a casual and evaluate advanced energy sandwich and ribs place where technologies. If your contact information has you go through the line and pay changed, please notify ASSE for what you eat. While we are 4) Developing better ways to headquarters (email: not formally planning a “lunch” manage environmental firstname.lastname@example.org or here beforehand, you might want problems. Argonne is at the phone: 847-699-2929 and ask to check it out if you want to forefront in developing new for customer service). look for fellow chapter ways to manage and solve the members. Pat also notes that you nation's environmental problems The chapter officers can access can come early and eat at the and to promote environmental directly the contact information cafeteria or restaurant on the stewardship. from headquarters. Argonne site. 5) National Security has Here is an excerpt from the increased in significance in Chapter Meeting Argonne National Laboratory recent years for the nation and November 10— web site welcome page. for Argonne research. Argonne capabilities developed over the Tour of Argonne Welcome to Argonne years for other purposes are National Lab National Laboratory helping counter the threats of terrorism. The ASSE Northeastern IL From Hermann A. Grunder, Chapter will be hold its Argonne Director At the same time, we are also November meeting on conscious of our responsibility Wednesday, November 10th at “Argonne is one of the U.S. to help the public understand the Argonne National government's oldest and largest science and to enhance Laboratory. The laboratory is science and engineering research American science, engineering, located at 9700 S. Cass Avenue laboratories -- the largest in the and mathematics education by (from I-55 take exit 273A, South Midwest. For the past half- helping to train nearly 1,000 Cass Avenue). This is near century, the University of college graduate students and Southwest suburban Lemont and Chicago has overseen operation post-doctoral researchers every Darien. Please meet at the of Argonne for the United States year as part of our normal Visitor Center by 2 p.m. Department of Energy and its research and development predecessor agencies. activities. “ Please R.S.V.P to Liz Cunningham no later than 12 Argonne has five major mission We’ll see you there. noon, Monday, November 1, areas, each of which fulfills 2004 .This is essential. You will important governmental and not be admitted unless you do Department of Energy this. email@example.com responsibilities, as well as or 847-482-2747 for your provides important benefits to RSVP’s There is NO COST for our society at large. They are: the tour. However, you must be a US Citizen and must show a 1) Conducting basic scientific photo ID for admission. A bus research to further our will pick us up at the visitor understanding of the world we center and take us into the live in. Argonne conducts basic compound; therefore, everyone experimental and theoretical AERIAL VIEW OF must be on time and get there by scientific research in the ARGONNE NATIONAL LAB 2 p.m. The tour will be physical, life, and environmental sciences. completed by 4:30 pm. Chapter Best You have the choice of meeting 2) Operating national scientific facilities to help advance Practice Award the group at the Visitors Center at 2:00 pm, or meeting in America's scientific leadership. By Andy Tudor advance for Lunch. Pat Argonne operates world-class Canaday, Communications and research facilities like the We began a new, successfully Advanced Photon Source. demonstrated practice feature November 2004 - Page 4 with the January newsletter. five full days at the Northern And for those of you who did You are invited to submit an Illinois University Business not make it this year, for article, 300 words or less, for Campus in Naperville, was well whatever reason, here is what publication in the Chapter News- attended and well received by you missed. letter. Any best practice or suc- those who participated. cess stories that may provide incentive and guidance to Chap- The conference included a two ter members are welcome. Each day pre-conference session member submitting will receive featuring the OSHA 10-hour a Certificate of Appreciation and course, a total of 40 sessions in the article voted most effective multiple tracks, and a full slate will receive an award at the of full and half day courses on Awards Presentation dinner next the last day of the program. December 2004. Please submit best practices to Joe Islinger or At the same time, the Safety Andy Tudor for publication in Vendor’s Expo, held in the Expo this newsletter. Hall at NIU-Naperville, Welcome to the Conference. provided 1 ½ days for attendees Whatever you need, we have it to visit the hall, crammed with here for you. ASSE Foundation 40 industry trade show Scholarships representatives. A wide range of the safety industry was Available Now represented at the Expo, including educational and not- Over $60,000 available, for for-profit institutions, Safety students pursuing degrees in Consultants, Manufacturers, safety related fields! Distributors, Service providers, and even OSHA. If you couldn’t Website: find it at the Expo, you probably www.asse.org/foundat.htm don’t need it. for complete list of awards and Please step up to the booth, application documents. For those who participated, a big our helpful Registration Contact: Dr. Earl Hansen- THANKS. Thanks to those from Volunteers are here to help 815-753-0579 , Alex Garcia our chapter who helped out on you start your adventure. /Diana Franck- 847-413-9101 the planning and organizing committee. Thanks to *DEADLINE: representatives of other ASSE chapters (Greater Chicago and DECEMBER 1, 2004 Three Rivers) who pitched in to help float the ship. Thanks to You can contact Dr. Hansen, representatives of the AIHA who Alex Garcia, or Diana Franck also lent a big hand. Thanks to for an application. You can the dedicated men and women of email me (Joe Islinger jo- OSHA who spent long hours to firstname.lastname@example.org ) as I make this a success, both in have a copy that Alex sent to We have Exhibitors like Rich organizing and in the me. Good luck, and time to get Rapacki, Aires Consulting, educational help they provided. going now!! ready to serve your needs. Thanks for the help provided by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community 16th Annual Affairs, and by Northern Illinois Chicagoland Safety University. And thanks to the others, too numerous to mention Conference a individually here, who helped out by moderating, presenting, Success exhibiting, or attending this years’ conference. We hope to Once again, the annual see you all again next year. Chicagoland Safety Conference Below, please take a look at We have a Vendor’s Reception closes to smashing reviews. The with Cake and Refreshments. some of the highlights of the conference, held this year for conference, in photos. November 2004 - Page 5 The Cake was donated by Complete Equity Markets. November 2004 - Page 6 Eugene Satrun, Dan Foltyniewicz, and Christine Petitti of the conference planning committee. Melanie Javens of Complete Equity Markets, demonstrates Society of Casualty candle lighting safety. And Safety Engineers below, Liz Cunningham, Chapter Past President, shows (SCSE) Activities how to blow ‘em out Educational opportunities abounded at the conference. NOVEMBER MEETING Above, Diane Turek of OSHA, NOTICE Conference committee planning member, introduces When: Friday, November 5, Howard Eberts, OSHA 2004 Assistant Regional Presenter: Perry Myers, Myers Administrator for the Chicago Investigation Services, Chicago Area office, our Keynote speaker. Below, some of the Topic - “WC Investigation / networking that took place at Surveillance cases” the conference. Where: Fountain Blue Restaurant, 2300 Mannheim Road, Des Plaines, IL Time: 12pm-Lunch, 1 p.m.- Speaker. The Board meeting will be at 11 a.m. COST/RSVP: $20 Please respond by November 1, 2004 to A special thank you to Leslie Richard Petitte at 312-286-4894 Peterson of AIHA and Dr. or at Earl Hansen our Chapter email@example.com President (below) who assisted and supported this effort Perry Meyers will speak about: Dan Foltyniewicz, Conference Workers’ Compensation (WC) Treasurer, demonstrates the Fraud / How WC Fraud affects safe way to eat cake (Pass it to the industry / WC someone else!!!) James Dillard, fraud/malingering Red Flags / OSHA, Conference Committee Who typically needs his firm / Member is the recipient. What his firm does during WC Investigation/Surveillance cases / Benefits of WC Investigation/Surveillance In the next column, take a look There will also be at presenter Paul Satti with a Fraud/malingering video nice baby shower gift. footage, and (including baby fall Questions/Discussion protection) We combine a lot of events in our Annual CSC. Per President Jeff Skog: Stop by for the drawing, you Stop on by to check us out “November will be an exciting might win, like attendee John next year!!! month as we are pleased to Schnarr did (left) along with welcome Perry Myers of Myers November 2004 - Page 7 Investigation Services. Perry’s “Our Belief: The single greatest firm does Workers’ untapped opportunity to improve Some Good Safety Compensation Investigation and operating performance and Reading Surveillance. He should have impact the bottom line is to some interesting video footage develop excellence in safety and Members have sent in some of fraud/malingering cases. reliability -- Yet many links to great safety reading this Come with lots of questions and organizations today continue to month. I’d like to share some of he will have the answers!” misuse fundamental concepts this with you. and suffer the negative Upcoming Meeting Dates: consequences. Rich Dresser sent in the links below to the Police Guides for December 2, 2004 Meeting The Warning Signs: Homeland Security, "Protecting Your Community From Christmas Dinner – The Using OSHA 'recordable' Terrorism: Strategies for Local Wellington Restaurant, statistics as a measurement of Law Enforcement" from the US Arlington Heights- 7p.m. performance or a program goal Dept. of Justice. The links will take you to the first three reports SCSE WEBSITE/EMAIL Using prizes, incentives, and in an eventual series of five ADDRESSES safety meetings as major reports. They are rather lengthy components of a prevention but if you are in this business I We have re-launched our program website so be sure to check out expect they are invaluable. www.scsechicago.org for Please keep us safe and visit Displaying posters and banners information about SCSE. Please Volume 1, Part 1: that count days or hours since a keep visiting for updates posted http://www.cops.usdoj.gov/mim lost-time accident on the site. e/open.pdf?Item=1362 Pressuring employees for safety (Editor’s note: Also check out Volume 1, Part 2: results without their buy-in and www.scsechicago.org if you are http://www.cops.usdoj.gov/mim with little knowledge of the true looking for a job. They have e/open.pdf?Item=1363 causes of accidents some hot opportunities in the Volume 2: safety career on there right now.) Viewing safety as an employee http://www.cops.usdoj.gov/mim responsibility rather than an e/open.pdf?Item=1364 “Achieving Safety organizational problem Excellence” Absorbing costs related to losses Volume 3: http://www.cops.usdoj.gov/mim as corporate overhead rather e/open.pdf?Item=1365 I have just viewed a presentation than allocated directly back to on “Achieving Safety the operating units” John Clevenger sent a short Excellence” on the internet and article in about a worker who think its worth sharing with To view the presentation, visit died in CT after falling from a chapter members. the website at http://relgroup.net roof into a 500 degree kettle of However, please note that the tar. Two co-workers received The presentation is by Hank presentation is 10 meg in size burns trying to pull him out of Sarkis of the Reliability Group and can take 10 minutes to the kettle. Things like these of Florida. You may have heard download if your connection is make us realize we still have a Hank speak at ASSE functions slow. So it could take 20-30 lot of work to do. such as recent PDC’s, or may minutes of your time to view. have read his contributions in You might want to save this one professional journals. His for your next “office luncheon” Sleep Disorders website indicates he has an at your desk. Its worth a look, and Safety MBA from the University of though—not a sales pitch. Miami and some impressive The following article was sent in experience with Fortune 500 You can reach Hank Sarkis at by chapter member Rich firms in various industries. The Reliability Group, 2421 NE Dresser. Thanks for the valuable 33rd Street, Lighthouse Point, information, Rich. The presentation challenges FL 33064 Telephone (954) 782- some common beliefs in the 5588, Fax (954) 788-9284 Source: (USA) Federal Register: safety industry. To introduce the firstname.lastname@example.org October 1, 2004 presentation, here are some DEPARTMENT OF comments from Hank Sarkis taken from the web site: November 2004 - Page 8 TRANSPORTATION--Federal crewmembers of Train 243 were sleep-wake cycle have also been Railroad Administration fatally injured, and both shown to lead to significant crewmembers of Train 533 sleep and circadian rhythm Notice of Safety Advisory 2004- sustained serious injuries. The disturbances in railroad 04; Effect of Sleep Disorders on track and equipment damaged in workers.\3\ Safety of Railroad Operations the accident was valued at approximately $1.4 million. The \1\ Elshaug, A. Reid, K. and SUMMARY: FRA is issuing National Transportation Safety Damson, D. 1998, The circadian Safety Advisory 2004-04 to alert Board (NTSB) determined that effects of irregular work the railroad community, and the probable cause of the schedules on sleep. In W.P. especially those employees accident was crewmembers' Colquhoun (ed.), Aspects of occupying safety-sensitive fatigue, which was primarily due Human Efficiency (London: positions, to the danger to the engineer's untreated, and English Universities), 273-282. associated with degradation of the conductor's insufficiently performance resulting from treated, obstructive sleep apnea. \2\ 2004, National Sleep sleep disorders that are NTSB Report No. RAR/02/04. Foundation Workshop on Shift undiagnosed or not successfully Work Sleep Disorder, March 4- treated. Alertness (vigilance) Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder 5, Washington, DC. and unimpaired cognitive characterized by cessations of functions are important to the breathing during sleep, and \3\ Pilcher, J. and Coplen, M. safety of railroad operations. therefore partial awakenings 2000, Work/Rest Cycles in during a sleep period. railroad operations: effects of Of particular concern to FRA shorter than 24-hour shift work are those employees who Sleep disorders represent a schedules and on-call schedules dispatch or operate trains or who serious health problem in on sleep. Ergonomics, Vol. 43, inspect and maintain signal American society and a No. 5, 573-588. systems. Many of these significant economic concern. employees work unpredictable Moreover, untreated sleep One of the more common sleep schedules and long hours, disorders can result in impaired disorders is sleep apnea, making it difficult for them to work performance, including affecting as many as 18 million achieve adequate rest even if possible loss of alertness and Americans. Researchers estimate otherwise healthy. This advisory situational awareness, which that the prevalence of sleep contains suggested measures that could in turn present an apnea in the general population railroads and employees should imminent threat to transportation is between 8-12%, depending on utilize to prevent work-related safety. In general terms, sleep the measure used (mild, errors and on-the- job accidents disorders range from fairly moderate or severe). Some as a result of sleep disorders. common disorders, such as researchers have also estimated insomnia (the inability to initiate the prevalence of severe sleep FOR FURTHER or maintain sleep) to relatively apnea in the general population INFORMATION CONTACT: rare sleep disorders such as between 3-5%, about 90% of A. Scott Kaye, Office of Safety, narcolepsy (inappropriate and whom are still undiagnosed, RRS- 4, Mail Stop 25, Federal uncontrollable sleep episodes). clearly demonstrating a Railroad Administration, U.S. significant problem. Obstructive Department of Transportation, Railroad employees who sleep apnea, circadian rhythm 1120 Vermont Avenue, NW., typically work on-call are disorders, and rotating shifts, Washington, DC 20590. especially vulnerable to sleep have been found to be disorders such as circadian significant predictors of work- Telephone 202-493-6303. rhythm disorders,\1\ and shift related accidents.\4\ Although work sleep disorder,\2\ a severe sleep apnea is considered SUPPLEMENTARY one of the more debilitating relatively recent addition to INFORMATION: sleep disorders and is a sleep disorders listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical significant risk factor for on- Factual Background Manual of Mental Disorders the-job accidents, it is also one On November 15, 2001, published in 1994 by the of the most easily diagnosed and Canadian National Railway American Psychiatric treated of all sleep disorders. Company/Illinois Central Association (better known as the DSM IV), which cuts across all \4\ Ohayton, M, Lermoine, P., Railroad Company (CN/IC) types of shift work jobs. Studies Arnaud-Briant, V., and Dreyfus, southbound Train 533 and of on- call work schedules that M., 2002, Prevalence and northbound Train 243 collided lead to alterations in the timing consequences of sleep disorders near Clarkston, Michigan. Both or duration of sleep and the in a shift worker population. November 2004 - Page 9 Journal of Psychosomatic ``Require that any medical While FRA has regulations that Research, 53, 577-583. condition that could address the fitness of employees, incapacitate, or seriously impair the regulations are limited to According to the National Sleep the performance of, an employee hearing and vision requirements Foundation, untreated sleep in a safety- sensitive position be for locomotive engineers (49 disorder sufferers are three times reported to the railroad in a CFR part 240) and the control of more likely to have automobile timely manner.'' (R-02-25). alcohol/drug use (49 CFR part accidents. The National 219). FRA also enforces the Highway Traffic Safety ``Require that, when a hours of service law (49 U.S.C. Administration estimates that railroad becomes aware that an 21101-21108), which specifies more than 100,000 auto crashes employee in a safety-sensitive the maximum hours of duty and annually may be fatigue- related. position has a potentially minimum periods of release for These incidents result in an incapacitating or performance- certain safety- critical estimated 1,500 deaths and tens impairing medical condition, the employees.\5\ of thousands of injuries and railroad prohibit that employee lasting disabilities. Sleep from performing any safety- \5\ The hours of service law is disorders also tend to be more sensitive duties until the an important defense against prevalent in an aging population. railroad's designated physician excessively long hours of work. The average age for a railroad determines that the employee However, it was enacted prior to operating employee is now can continue to work safely in a completion of the major body of approaching 50. safety-sensitive position.'' (R-02- fatigue research. Although FRA 26). may not vary the terms of the While the impact of sleep statute, FRA is empowered to disorders is unique to each FRA agrees with the safety authorize pilot projects directed individual and can be related to concerns as expressed by the at fatigue mitigation upon joint a variety of other factors and NTSB. This Safety Advisory, petition of the railroad and medical conditions such as which has been developed after employees affected. FRA obesity, depression, age and consultation with industry continues to encourage gender, evidence is clear that parties participating in the North development of approaches to significant risks exist for those American Rail Alertness fatigue prevention and with undiagnosed and untreated Partnership, is an initial step in mitigation, especially with sleep disorders. Some of these addressing the concerns regard to providing predictable risks include excessive daytime identified by the NTSB. work schedules that do not sleepiness, greater risk of induce fatigue and that offer cardiovascular disease, memory However, in evaluating the ample opportunity for rest. loss, and increased risk of recommendations, FRA has accidents to name a few. For noted the importance of Need for Action Now these and other reasons, the addressing these needs within a NTSB has been concerned about proper framework of The FRA and NTSB have the impact of sleep disorders and accountability, scientific investigated numerous human other medical conditions on credibility, professional factor accidents that were the railroad safety. discipline, and fairness. Further, result of errors caused by loss of FRA notes that conditions that alertness or loss of situational Following its investigation into could threaten employee fitness awareness. While there are no the collision near Clarkston, for duty are not limited to sleep existing data to justify the Michigan, the NTSB issued disorders. inference that undetected or three recommendations to FRA: untreated sleep disorders were a Accordingly, in the fall of 2003, causal factor, several factors, ``Develop a standard medical FRA awarded a contract for a including the Clarkston, examination form that includes comprehensive study to Michigan collision, data questions regarding sleep determine the need for, and extrapolated from other modes problems and requires that the options for implementing, of transportation, and the form be used, pursuant to 49 medical standards for railroad prevalence of sleep disorders CFR part 240, to determine the employees in safety- critical within the general population, medical fitness of locomotive occupations. Upon receipt of a clearly demonstrate that there is engineers; the form should also final report from that study, FRA a threat to railroad operations be available for use to determine will evaluate the appropriate from undiagnosed or the medical fitness of other framework for addressing in incompletely treated sleep employees in safety- sensitive greater detail the NTSB's disorders. positions.'' (R-02-24). recommendations. November 2004 - Page 10 This threat exists, not only in certified sleep disorder centers policies and procedures for train operations, train and related specialists for relevancy. dispatching, and signal referral when necessary. maintenance, but also in the FRA believes that the operation of motor vehicles, on- (3) Develop and implement recommendations set forth track equipment, and other rules that request employees in above, if implemented by machinery. Approximately 35% safety- sensitive positions to industry parties, could advance of all train accidents reported to voluntarily report any sleep the successful management of FRA are attributed to human disorder that could incapacitate, sleep disorders. Taken together factors, of which fatigue, and or seriously impair, their with the results of FRA's broader more particularly, sleep performance. study of potentially impairing disorders, play an undetermined medical conditions, lessons role. Most employee casualties (4) Develop and implement learned could provide a sound in train incidents and non-train policies such that, when a foundation for more formal incidents also involve a human railroad becomes aware that an action by industry, government, factor component. employee in a safety-sensitive or both. position has an incapacitating or Recommended Actions performance-impairing medical Issued in Washington, DC, on condition related to sleep, the September 21, 2004.Grady C. Therefore, FRA recommends railroad prohibits that employee Cothen, Jr., Acting Associate that railroads and representatives from performing any safety- Administrator for Safety. of employees, working together, sensitive duties until that take the following actions to promote the fitness of employees medical condition appropriately responds to treatment. ASSE 3rd Annual in safety-sensitive positions: NAOSH Kids (5) Implement policies, (1) Establish training and procedures, and any necessary Safety on the Job educational programs to inform agreements to-- Poster Contest employees of the potential for performance impairment as a (a) Promote self-reporting of By Diane Hurns result of fatigue, sleep loss, sleep sleep-related medical conditions deprivation, inadequate sleep by protecting the medical Young artists needed! In an quality, and working at odd confidentiality of that ongoing effort to educate hours, and document when information and protecting the children on the importance of employees have received the employment relationship, workplace safety and health, the training. Incorporate elements provided that the employee American Society of Safety that encourage self-assessment, complies with the recommended Engineers (ASSE) today kicked peer- to-peer communication, course of treatment; off its third annual ASSE kids' and co-worker identification 'safety-on-the-job' poster contest accompanied by policies (b) Encourage employees with for ASSE members' children, consistent with these diagnosed sleep disorders to grandchildren, nieces and recommendations. participate in recommended nephews. The contest runs evaluation and treatment; and today through Feb. 14, 2005, (2) Ensure that employees' Valentine’s day, and is broken medical examinations include (c) Establish dispute down into four age categories. assessment and screening for resolution mechanisms that possible sleep disorders and rapidly resolve any issues The winning poster will best other associated medical regarding the current fitness of illustrate workplace safety and conditions (including use of employees who have reported be featured on the annual North appropriate checklists and sleep-related medical conditions American Occupational Safety records). Develop standardized and have cooperated in and Health (NAOSH) week screening tools, or a good evaluation and prescribed poster distributed worldwide. practices guide, for the treatment. NAOSH week, a week dedicated diagnosis, referral and treatment to raising awareness about the FRA acknowledges that some of of sleep disorders (especially importance of workplace safety the above recommendations may sleep apnea) and other related and preventing injuries, runs this have already been medical conditions to be used by May 1-7 (2005) institutionalized in one form or company paid or recommended another by various segments of “Children are not aware of what physicians during routine the industry; in this case, FRA their parents do when they go to medical examinations; and suggests a review of current work each day,” ASSE President provide an appropriate list of November 2004 - Page 11 Gene Barfield, CSP, said. “This SH&E practitioners, with contest helps ASSE members' Survey-Education education and agriculture children understand how their Pays ranking the lowest. parents, grandparents, aunts or uncles, work day in and day out By Diane Hurns The 34-question survey identifying hazards and developed by ASSE was sent to implementing safety advances in A recent American Society of a randomly selected group of all industries and at all Safety Engineers (ASSE) 2500 members and professional workplaces to help the millions membership compensation members. Of the 1624 returned of people who go to work, return analysis survey found the surveys, respondents represented home safely every day. It’s also average member salary in 2003 all business categories with more a fun contest. to be $74,000 with half of the than half from the respondents receiving a bonus of manufacturing, construction, “Also of major importance,” between $1,000 and $5,000. insurance, services and public Barfield added, “is the fact that Also, the majority of those administration sector. The children will soon be entering surveyed anticipate a salary median age of the respondents the workplace themselves. They increase this year of about 4.6 was 46-50 years of age and 93 need to be aware of what percent, or between one and five percent work full time, with constitutes safety on the job for percent of their current salary seven percent self-employed. In their own protection. You’re base. the majority of the companies never too young to learn.” represented by respondents The survey done by Block safety and health functions are The poster contest is open to Research, Inc. found that grouped together, with ASSE members' children, professional ASSE members environmental functions handled grandchildren, nieces or (those with a P.E., CSP, CIH, separately. Fifty-one percent nephews between the ages of 5 CHP, CRSP or IOSH-RSP or surveyed say they are and 12. There are four age BA from an accredited college responsible for 100 percent of categories with a winner selected plus 10 years of safety their company's safety, health from each age group which experience) earn nearly $10,000 and environmental budget. include: 1) ages 5-6; 2) ages 7-8; more. The survey also found that 3) ages 9-10; and, 4) ages 11-12. having a bachelor's degree adds To purchase a copy of the ASSE An independent panel of judges nearly $12,000 to one's salary compensation survey contact will select the four winning and a master's degree nearly ASSE's customer service entries that best illustrate the $20,000 compared to high department at 847-699-2929 or theme "safety on the job." Each school only. A certified safety email@example.com and age group winner receives a professional (CSP) designation check www.asse.org for $1,000 savings bond. All adds $10,500 to a salary. In additional information. entrants receive a prize. addition to salary and bonuses, 61 percent are reimbursed for Contact: Diane Hurns, 847-768- For the ASSE kids’ “safety-on- professional development, with 3413; firstname.lastname@example.org the-job” poster contest rules and the annual amount spent per entry form please go to the www.asse.org/naosh05 web site employee ranging from $1,000 The Illinois to $10,000. or contact Occupational Customerservice@asse.org . The survey found that safety, The winning entries will be health and environmental Health Leadership announced in March 2005. practitioners with 10 or more Summit Posters will also be displayed at years of experience earn about ASSE's annual professional $20,000 more than those with Monday, October 25, 2004 development conference & less than five years' experience. Swissotel, Chicago exposition to be held in New As responsibility and stature Orleans June 12-15, 2005. within a company increases, so 1:30-5:00 p.m. Monday, too, does salary – rising from October 25, 2004, Swissotel, Contact: Diane Hurns, 847-768- $57,410 for entry-level positions 323 East Wacker Drive, Chicago 3413, email@example.com to $97,760 for executive-level positions. Registration fee: $195 ASSE New Survey results found the Includes attendance at the Compensation electronics and finance October 25 Leadership Summit industries ranked the highest in and the follow-up Summit II terms of compensation for February 17, 2005 in Chicago, a November 2004 - Page 12 networking break and Ryan • aligning competing priorities Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Associates’ opening night among business and labor (NPRM) for occupational national conference reception interests; exposure to Hexavalent Immediately following at the Chromium in the Oct. 4, 2004 Swissotel. For information, call • communicating within the Federal Register. OSHA is 800-666-7926, or visit Illinois Workers’ compensation proposing three separate www.naohp.com . system; standards that cover exposure to hexavalent chromium (CrVI) in Full national conference tuition • addressing medical and general industry, construction, includes the summit and all employee privacy issues; and shipyards. The Agency is other courses and activities. For accepting public comments on every two paid attendants, a • implementing methods for the proposed standards until Jan. third may attend as a guest of enhancing worker health and 3, 2005. Sponsor Ryan Associates. productivity; "The risks involved in the About the sponsors • measuring the impact of occupational use of hexavalent workplace health and safety chromium can be serious and Ryan Associates and its sister interventions. potentially life threatening," said Organization, the National OSHA Administrator John Association of Occupational Candid discussion about challenges pertinent to the Henshaw. "This proposed rule is Health Professionals, specialize both economically and in occupational health program Illinois environment, creative thinking about solutions and technologically feasible, and will development, professional substantially reduce the risk to education and consumer audience participation will be strongly encouraged. workers potentially exposed to outreach. The Leadership hexavalent chromium." Summit is being held in Follow-up conjunction with Ryan OSHA is proposing to lower its Associates’ 18th annual national The Illinois Occupational Health permissible exposure limit conference on providing Leadership Summit will be used (PEL) for hexavalent chromium healthcare services to to create task forces that will and for all CrVI compounds in employers, October 25-27, convene at a second half-day construction, shipyards, and 2004. summit, scheduled for February general industry from 52 to one 17, 2005 at the Sutton Place microgram of CrVI per cubic The Great Lakes Centers for meter of air as an 8-hour time Hotel, Chicago. Task force Occupational and Environmental weighted average. The proposed assignments will be determined Safety and Health is a world rule also includes provisions for by participants at the October leader in improving, maintaining employee protection such as summit. and promoting the welfare of preferred methods for workers, companies and Please call or see the web site controlling exposure, respiratory communities. It is based at the listed in this announcements for protection, protective work University of Illinois at Chicago more details or to register for clothing and equipment, hygiene School of Public Health. this event. areas and practices, medical surveillance, hazard The objective Governmental communication, and To create a venue where leaders recordkeeping. from multiple disciplines Affairs Update Hexavalent chromium (CrVI) throughout Illinois can join By David Heidorn, Manager of compounds are widely used in forces to take affirmative steps Government Affairs and Policy, the chemical industry in toward resolving challenges ASSE pigments, metal plating, and such as: chemical synthesis as OSHA Trade Release-Oct. 1, ingredients and catalysts. CrVI • integrating service delivery; 2004 can also be produced when • developing institutional welding on stainless steel or OSHA Proposes Revised Rule CrVI-painted surfaces. The commitment to strong provider- on Hexavalent Chromium major health effects associated employer-payer relations; with exposure to CrVI include WASHINGTON -- The U.S. • identifying needed state and lung cancer, asthma, nasal Department of Labor's septum ulcerations and local legislative and regulatory Occupational Safety and Health perforations, skin ulcerations (or reforms; Administration will publish a November 2004 - Page 13 chrome holes), and allergic and BLS 2003 Workplace Fatality addition, Sec. 171.2 would be irritant contact dermatitis. Data Out amended to make explicit that: Comments, whether submitted The rate of workplace fatalities --There may be more than one by mail, fax, or electronically, last year remained at the same offeror of a shipment of must be sent by Jan. 3, 2005. level as 2002 -- 4.0 per 100,000, hazardous materials. Three copies of written the Labor Department's Bureau comments must be sent to the of Labor Statistics reported this --Each offeror is responsible Docket Office, Docket H054A, month. BLS' Sept. 22 for complying with the Room N-2625, OSHA, U.S. announcement said a total 5,559 requirements of the HMR with Department of Labor, 200 fatal work injuries were respect to any pre-transportation Constitution Ave., NW, recorded during 2003. OSHA function that it performs or is Washington, D.C., 20210. Administrator John Henshaw required to perform. Comments of 10 pages or fewer said in a statement that the can be faxed to the OSHA report emphasizes that --For a shipment involving Docket Office at (202) 693- "American workers remain safer more than one offeror, each 1648. Comments can be than they were just a few years offeror may rely on information submitted electronically at ago." Henshaw also noted that provided by another offeror, http://ecomments.osha.gov fatalities among Hispanic unless the offeror knows or, in Further information on workers dropped notably for the the exercise of reasonable care, submitting comments can be second straight year, following should know that the obtained by calling the Docket several years of increases. information is incorrect. In a Office at (202) 693-2350. similar manner, a carrier may RSPA Proposes Definition of rely on information it receives OSHA plans to hold an informal ``Persons Who Offer'' from an offeror or a prior public hearing in Washington, HazMat for Transportation carrier, unless the carrier knows D.C., beginning on February 1, or, in the exercise of reasonable 2005. The meeting is expected September 24, 2004 care, should know that the to be held from 9:30-5:30 p.m. information is incorrect. on each day. Interested persons RSPA has proposed adding to who intend to present testimony the Hazardous Materials Comments are due November at the hearing must notify OSHA Regulations a definition for 23, 2004. of their intention to do so no ``person who offers or offeror'' http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_d later than Dec. 3, 2004. in order to codify long-standing ocs/fedreg/a040924c.html Individuals who request more interpretations on the than 10 minutes to present their applicability of those testimony, or who will submit regulations. RSPA has proposed to define ``person who offers'' or OSHA Announces Harwood documentary evidence at the Grant Awards hearing, must provide the ``offeror'' to mean any person Agency with full testimony and who performs, or is responsible Date: September 16, 2004 all documentary evidence by for performing, any of the pre- Jan. 3, 2005. transportation functions required U.S. Labor Department Awards under the HMR for more than $10.5 Million in Major provisions of the general transportation of a hazmat; Grants For Safety and Health industry, construction and tenders or makes a hazardous Training Programs maritime standards are outlined material available to a carrier for in the accompanying Fact Sheet. transportation in commerce; or WASHINGTON -- The U.S. both performs, or is responsible Department of Labor's (please see the OSHA web site) for performing, pre- Occupational Safety and Health transportation functions and Administration today awarded OSHA's role is to assure the tenders or makes a hazardous more than $10.5 million in safety and health of America's material available to a carrier for Susan Harwood Training Grants workers by setting and enforcing transportation. Under the to 69 nonprofit organizations for standards; providing training, proposed definition, a carrier safety and health training and outreach, and education; that transfers, interlines, or educational programs. establishing partnerships; and interchanges hazardous materials encouraging continual to another carrier for continued "These grants of more than improvement in workplace transportation is not an offeror $10.5 million will provide new safety and health. For more when it does not perform any opportunities to train and information, visit pre-transportation functions. In educate workers about job www.osha.gov. safety," said Secretary of Labor November 2004 - Page 14 Elaine L. Chao. "They are an the Office of Risk Assessment in operation. The amendments are important part of this OSHA's Health Standards effective December 27, 2004. Administration's emphasis on Directorate, who died in 1996. http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_d compliance assistance, which During her 17-year tenure with ocs/fedreg/a041001c.html protects workers by reaching the agency, Harwood helped out aggressively to employees develop OSHA standards ASSE Asks Consideration of and employers to help prevent designed to help protect workers NIOSH Move to DoL injuries and illness from exposed to bloodborne occurring in the first place." pathogens, cotton dust, benzene, In a letter to Senator Arlen formaldehyde, asbestos and lead Specter, Chair of the Senate The grants support the in construction. Appropriations Committee's development of training Subcommittee on Labor, Health materials and the provision of A complete list of the 2004 and Human Services and safety programs to educate Susan Harwood Grant recipients Education, ASSE suggested that Hispanic and other non-English- can be found on the OSHA web perhaps it's time to look at speaking workers and employers site. A fact sheet provides this moving NIOSH to the in small businesses, and workers information. . Department of Labor. This who are employed in high comes after NIOSH's apparent hazard industries and industries RSPA Advisory Bulletin -- De- demotion in the organizational with high fatality rates. Watering of Pipelines restructuring of CDC announced over the summer and due to take OSHA awarded grants in two On June 21, 2004, the Research affect tomorrow, October 1. categories: and Special Programs Accompanying the letter is an Administration's Office of ASSE white paper examining Targeted Topic Training Grants Pipeline Safety (RSPA/OPS) the issue. In short, it has support training for four issued Advisory Bulletin ADB- become more and more apparent occupational safety and health 04-01 to owners and operators that NIOSH -- the federal topic areas; construction of gas and hazardous liquid government's only agency hazards, general industry pipelines to consider the hazards supporting occupational safety hazards, ergonomics, and the associated with pipeline de- and health research -- is not health care industry. OSHA watering operations. This getting the resources and Training Materials Development advisory bulletin was originally organizational commitment it Grants support the development, issued jointly with OSHA as needs in an organization that, no evaluation, and validation of Safety and Health Information matter how well meaning it is, training materials for four Bulletin SHIB 06-21-2004. For has as its core purpose the occupational safety and health further info contact Richard advancement of health issues. If topic areas; construction Huriaux, (202) 366-4565; or by NIOSH cannot get what it needs hazards, general industry e-mail, to carry out its purpose within hazards, lead hazards, and work- firstname.lastname@example.org . CDC and the Department of related transportation hazards. This document can be viewed at HHS, maybe it's time to move it the OPS home page at to an agency that knows "These funds offer new http://ops.dot.gov The original occupational issues. opportunities to provide quality advisory bulletin issued by training for non-English OSHA can be viewed at OSHA Publishes Final Rule on speaking workers and others http://www.osha.gov . Fire Protection in Shipyard who work in high-hazard http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_d Employment occupations," said OSHA ocs/fedreg/a040929c.html Administrator John Henshaw. OSHA has published its fire "The Susan Harwood Training NTSA Amendments on protection standard for shipyard Grant program is one way that Platform Lifts employment developed through we can maximize our outreach a negotiated rulemaking process. to workers and employers at NHTSA has published a According to OSHA, this final both the regional and local response to petitions for standard provides increased levels and provide the necessary reconsideration of a December protection for shipyard training and education to help 2002 final rule that established employment workers from the keep all workers safe and new motor vehicle safety hazards of fire on vessels and healthy." standards for platform lifts and vessel sections and at land-side vehicles equipped with such facilities. It also reflects new The training grants are named in lifts. The purpose of these technologies and current honor of the late Susan standards is to prevent injuries national consensus standards and Harwood, a former director of and fatalities during lift gathers all fire-related safety November 2004 - Page 15 practices for shipyard discontinues the practice of The NIOSH Steps to a Healthier employment into a single allowing workers who perform Workforce Symposium, October subpart, making them more hot work such as welding, 26-28, in Washington, DC, is accessible for employers and cutting, or grinding to act as fast approaching. ASSE is a employees. The final rule their own fire watch. The rule cosponsor and ASSE members becomes effective December 14, also affords employers Fred Drennan, Jim Ramsay and 2004. flexibility by allowing them to Maureen Johnson have played a rely on a combination of fire role in helping shape the WASHINGTON -- Shipyard response organizations (e.g., conference. Each will be workers will now be afforded internal, external, or both) rather presenting to ensure that ASSE's the same level of protection than requiring them to establish leadership on these issues is against fire hazards as internal fire brigades. reflected. Here's info directly employees in other industries about registering from NIOSH. thanks to a new rule announced Other specific issues detailed in Join us! today by the Occupational the final rule include training, Safety and Health multi-employer worksites, hot Register Now for the Steps to Administration (OSHA). work precautions, hazards of Healthier Workforce fixed extinguishing systems Symposium…This is an The Fire Protection in Shipyard onboard vessels and vessel exclusive announcement for our Employment final rule, sections, and land-side fire NIOSH partners… this scheduled to be published in protection systems. The rule Conference Will Sell Out! tomorrow's Federal Register, includes a model fire safety plan was developed through the that employers can use to The Symposium Agenda will negotiated rulemaking process develop their site-specific plans. feature presentations on Health and will provide increased A key part of any safety plan Protection and Promotion: protection from fire hazards for includes discussions of Science, Policy, and Practice, nearly 100,000 workers in the employee evacuation and Economics; a Stakeholder shipbuilding, ship repair and procedures. Issues panel: Expectations and ship breaking industries. Reservations: Opportunities and The new standard will impact Barriers From Multiple "Through the negotiated approximately 700 employers, Perspectives and over fifteen rulemaking process, and covers all fire response break out sessions on the past stakeholders from all aspects of provided by the employers' and future of the integration of the industry provided excellent workers, whether part of a fire health promotion and protection guidance to address safety and brigade, shipyard fire focusing on worker health. The health risks associated with department, or designated by the full agenda can be viewed at shipyard fire hazards," said employer. . OSHA is also http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/steps/ OSHA Administrator John requiring the 26 states and 2004/agenda.html Henshaw. "Those risks, and the territories with their own OSHA- hazards involved with approved state plans to revise The Symposium will be held firefighting activities at their standards regulating means October 26-28, 2004 at the shipyards, are considerably of egress, emergency action Cafritz Conference Center on different from other industries plans, and fire prevention plans the Campus of George and we believe the requirements that resulted from this Washington University, outlined in this standard will rulemaking. Washington D.C. To register help save lives and prevent online visit: injuries in the industry." OSHA's role is to assure the http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/steps/ safety and health of America's The final rule incorporates 19 workers by setting and enforcing For additional conference consensus standards from the standards; providing training, information visit National Fire Protection outreach, and education; http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/steps/ Association (NFPA) and establishing partnerships; and 2004/symposium.html . includes relevant information encouraging continual from other sources, including improvement in workplace OSHA Signs Alliance with OSHA's general industry safety and health. For more CCHEST standard on fire protection, as information, visit www.osha.gov well as procedures from the U.S. In case you hadn't seen this from Navy and U.S. Coast Guard. NIOSH Steps to a Healthier BCSP, CCHEST has also joined Workforce Symposium with OSHA in an alliance. The The standard requires a written following is from OSHA's fire watch policy and also monthly Quick Takes. November 2004 - Page 16 CCHEST Joins Year-old Relief and Brownfields U.S. Environmental Protection Alliance with OSHA, Board of Revitalization Act of 2002, to Agency (EPA) Certified Safety Professionals help states and communities around the country to assess, EPA Makes Passenger Aircraft OSHA Administrator John clean up, and revitalize Water Testing Information Henshaw signed an addendum Brownfield sites. These grants Available Sept. 13 with the Council on may be used to address sites Certification of Health, contaminated by petroleum and The Environmental Protection Environmental and Safety hazardous substances (including Agency (EPA) today is Technologists (CCHEST) substances mixed with informing the American public adding them to the BCSP petroleum.) of results from initial testing of Alliance launched one year ago. drinking water onboard 158 The Alliance continues a A Brownfield site is real randomly selected passenger collaborative effort with OSHA property, the expansion, airplanes. Preliminary data to encourage safety redevelopment, or reuse of released by EPA today shows professionals to strive for which may be complicated by that in the recent tests, most of enhanced knowledge of safety the presence or potential the aircraft tested (87.4%) met and health programs and to presence of a hazardous EPA drinking water quality encourage achievement of substance, pollutant, or standards. However, 12.6 Certified Safety Professional contaminant. percent of domestic and (CSP) designation. Henshaw international passenger aircraft signed the addendum in New The Brownfields assessment tested in the U. S. carried water Orleans in conjunction with the grants (each funded up to that did not meet EPA standards. National Safety Council $200,000 over two years) Congress and Expo. provide funding for a grant As part of enforcement recipient to inventory, activities, EPA, during August Paperwork Requirements of characterize and assess sites, and and September 2004, randomly Grain Handling Standard to conduct planning and tested the water supplies on 158 community involvement. aircraft. Aircraft tank water is OSHA has asked for comments used in the galleys and lavatory on its request for an extension of The revolving loan fund grants sinks. Initial testing of onboard the Information Collection (each funded up to $1 million water supply revealed 20 aircraft Requirements (paperwork) over five years) provide funding with positive results for total contained in the Grain Handling for a grant recipient to capitalize coliform bacteria; two of these Facilities Standard (29 CFR a revolving loan fund and to aircraft (1.3 percent) also tested 1910.272), which sets safety provide subgrants to carry out positive for E.coli. Both total practices, means, methods and cleanup activities. The cleanup coliform and E.coli are operations for employees grants (each funded up to indicators that other disease- working in grain handling $200,000 over two years) causing organisms (pathogens) facilities. Comments are due provide funding for a grant may be present in the water and November 22, 2004. recipient to carry out cleanup could potentially affect public http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_d activities at sites owned by the health. When sampling ocs/fedreg/a040922c.html grant recipient. identified total coliform in the water, the aircraft was retested. EPA Seeks Brownfields Grant For more information and In repeat testing on 11 aircraft, Proposals assistance, contact your nearest the Agency confirmed that water Brownfields Regional from eight of the aircraft tested EPA Solicits Proposals for Up to Coordinator, found in Appendix still did not meet EPA's water 200 Brownfields Grants 1 of the Proposal Guidelines for quality standards. Throughout the Country Brownfields Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund, and A significant part of aircraft EPA is now accepting proposals Cleanup Grants, available at: travel includes international for up to 200 Brownfields http://www.epa.gov/brownfields. flights. According to the Air assessment, revolving loan fund, You may also contact the Office Transport Association (ATA), and cleanup grants, contingent of Brownfields Cleanup and about 90 percent of ATA on availability of funds in the Redevelopment at 202-566- member aircraft have the Agency's fiscal year 2005 2777. potential to travel budget. The deadline for internationally. These aircraft proposals is Nov. 12, 2004. Drinking Water on Airplanes may board water from foreign These grants are authorized by sources that are not subject to the Small Business Liability EPA drinking water standards. November 2004 - Page 17 EPA is committed to keeping the http://www.epa.gov/safewater/ai (3) Terrence Dickson of Bristol, American public well informed rlinewater/ . Pennsylvania, was leaving a of further testing and actions house he had just finished taken, reviewing existing Dave Heidorn, Manager of robbing by way of the garage. guidance to determine areas Government Affairs and Policy He was not able to get the where it might be strengthened, garage door to go up since the concluding water quality American Society of Safety automatic door opener was protection agreements with the Engineers, 1800 E. Oakton malfunctioning. He could not re- airlines and taking enforcement Street, Des Plaines, IL 60018, enter the house because the door actions where warranted. email@example.com connecting the house and garage locked when he pulled it shut. We believe the information Annual Stella The family was on vacation and released today will help the Mr. Dickson found himself traveling public make informed Award Winners locked in the garage for 8 days. decisions. Passengers with He subsisted on a case of Pepsi compromised immune systems This was sent in by Chapter and a large bag of dry dog food or others concerned may want to member Duane Clark. Thanks he found in the garage. He sued request canned or bottled for the lighter side, Duane. the house owners insurance beverages. EPA will update its claiming the situation caused Once again, it's time to review information and advice to the him undue mental anguish. The the winners of the Annual Stella traveling public as soon as new jury agreed to the tune of Awards. The Stella's are named information is available. $500,000. after 81-year-old Stella Liebeck EPA is working actively with who spilled coffee on herself 4th Place ATA, which represents a and successfully sued number of major airlines, as well McDonalds. That case inspired Jerry Williams of Little Rock, as with non-ATA members, on the Stella Awards for the most Arkansas, was awarded $14,500 agreements regarding steps the frivolous successful lawsuits in and medical expenses after airlines will take to ensure the United States. being bitten on the buttocks by acceptable drinking water his next-door neighbor's Beagle Unfortunately, the most recent quality. The Agency is also dog. The Beagle was on a chain lawsuit implicating McDonalds discussing how airlines would in its owner's fenced yard. The and the teens that allege that provide the necessary additional award was less than sought eating at McDonalds has made testing to determine the nature because the jury felt the dog them fat was filed after the 2003 and extent of the problem. If the might have been a little award voting was closed. This parties are unable to reach an provoked at the time, as Mr. suit will, undoubtedly, top the agreement or agreements Williams who had climbed over 2004 awards list. promptly, EPA will exercise its the fence into the yard, was enforcement authorities to 5th Place (3-Way-Tie) shooting it repeatedly with a achieve these goals. EPA pellet gun. anticipates an agreement with (1) A jury of her peers awarded U.S. airlines shortly. Kathleen Robertson of Austin, 3rd Place Texas, $780,000 after breaking EPA began a review of existing A Philadelphia restaurant was her ankle tripping over a toddler guidance in 2002. In response ordered to pay Amber Carson of who was running inside a to the aircraft test results, EPA Lancaster, Pennsylvania furniture store. The owners of has accelerated its priority $113,500 after she slipped on a the store were understandably review of existing regulations soft drink and broke her coccyx surprised at the verdict, and guidance. The Agency is tailbone. The beverage was on considering the misbehaving placing specific emphasis on the floor because Ms. Carson toddler was Ms Robertson's son. preventive measures, adequate had thrown it at her boyfriend 30 monitoring, and sound (2) 19-year-old Carl Truman of seconds earlier during an maintenance practices such as Los Angeles, California, won argument. flushing and disinfection of $74,000 and medical expenses aircraft water systems. 2nd Place when his neighbor ran over his hand with a Honda Accord. Mr. Kara Walton of Claymont, For more information on the Truman apparently did not regulation of water supplies on Delaware, sued the owner of a notice there was someone at the nightclub in a neighboring city airplanes and to view publicly wheel of the car when he was available testing data, go to: when she fell from the bathroom trying to steal the hubcaps. window to the floor and knocked November 2004 - Page 18 out two of her front teeth. This above requirements, please occurred whilst Ms. Walton was Safety Employment email your resume and salary trying to crawl through the history to: Plant Safety Manager Position window in the ladies room to Available Bethany Brevard Harned, avoid paying the $3.50 cover charge. She was awarded September 2004 Principal EHS/HR Recruiting $12,000 and dental expenses. Specialist, Professional Outlook, Required Degree: BS Safety or Inc. THE GRAND PRIZE related Bethany@professionaloutlook.c om This year's runaway winner was Required Years of Exp: 5+ years Mr. Merv Grazinski of safety exp. (3 in a safety role Safety Coordinator Position Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Mr. within manufacturing) Grazinski purchased a brand October 2004 new Winnebago Motor Home. Location: Northwest suburbs of On his trip home from an OU Chicago (local candidates only) Required Degree: BS football game, having driven Occupational Safety degree from onto the freeway, he set the Industry: Manufacturing accredited safety school with cruise control at 70 mph and ASP calmly left the drivers seat to go Compensation: $60,000-70,000 + bonus eligibility Required Years of Exp: 2-3 into the back and make himself a years of safety & training cup of coffee. Not surprisingly, Excellent opportunity to join a experience in manufacturing the RV left the freeway, crashed and then overturned. Mr. large, stable company as a plant safety manager for one of their Salary Range: $43,000-$50,000 Grazinski sued Winnebago for (depends on level of experience) not advising him, by instructing manufacturing plants. Looking him in the owner's manual, that for a pro-active safety professional that has proven Location: Kokomo, IN area he actually could NOT do this. (relocation package provided) The jury awarded him experience in implementing $1,750,000 plus a new culture change to promote a safe Industry: Manufacturing Winnebago Motor Home. work environment & reduce recordables. Additional Challenging opportunity to join FOOTNOTE: The company responsibilities will include a multi-billion dollar ACTUALLY changed their maintaining OSHA compliance, manufacturing company owner's manuals on the basis of training, lockout/tagout, MSDS, assisting the Safety Manager in this suit... just in case there were industrial hygiene monitoring, implementing and maintaining any other purchasers similar to machine guarding, etc. pro-active safety and health Mr. Grazinski buying their programs for a facility doubling product. Requirements: in size. The chosen candidate BS Safety or related; 5+ years must have previous experience A Bit More Humor… safety experience which should and/or knowledge of OSHA include at least 3 in safety role VPP certification process and A priest and a pastor from the Process Safety Management. local churches are standing by within manufacturing Proven the side of the road, pounding a experience implementing culture To be considered for this sign into the ground, that reads: change & reducing recordables position the following Additional experience should requirements must be met: "The End Is Near! Turn Yourself Around Now -- include training, and handling BS Occupational Safety degree Before It's Too Late!" the day-to-day safety issues of a or directly related degree from plant Local to the Chicagoland accredited safety school As a car sped past them, the area driver yelled, "Leave us alone, Minimum of two years of in- you religious nuts!" Our client offers a competitive plant, hands-on safety and health compensation package which experience, including loss From the curve they heard includes salary plus major prevention screeching tires and a big splash. medical, dental, vision, 401K, The pastor turns to the priest and pension plant, tuition Proven experience administering asks, "Do you think the sign reimbursement. If you are programs that have reduced should just say, Bridge Out?" interested in this challenging injuries and workers career opportunity, and meet the compensation costs November 2004 - Page 19 Facilitate compliance training control surveys on large Valid drivers license, Clean National commercial accounts. DMV and clean car. able to Self-directed and motivated with The candidate will need to have climb, walk and carry, the ability to work in a team a strong Commercial Casualty setting as well as individually and Property background as well Will work from home and cover as experience with large the states of Illinois, Indiana, Our client offers a competitive contractors, distributors, Ohio, 30-40% travel, possible compensation package that manufactures, and transportation travel to Mississippi, Kentucky includes salary plus medical, businesses. My client is looking and Wisconsin dental, tuition reimbursement, for someone who is able to pension and matching 401K. If communicate at all levels and Bachelors degree in engineering, you are interested in this can work in junction with science or health and safety, challenging career opportunity underwriters and claims CSP desirable, salary up to 82k and meet the above departments on risk analysis. requirements, please email your Thanks for your help This particular position requires resume and salary history to: the individual to work out of Suzi Taub CAC, CSP, President, their own home, and my client is Taub and Associates, 7334 Bethany Brevard Harned, not providing a company car but Topanga Canyon Blvd. Suite Principal EHS/HR Recruiting is of course covering all 100, Canoga Park, CA 91303 Specialist; Professional Outlook, expenses including mileage. Inc.bethany@professionaloutloo The salary range is between Office: (818) 700-8282 x 101, k.com $80k-$90k+ depending on Mobile: (818)414-8282 Senior Loss Control-Insurance experience and designations. My client is also looking for Email: Suzi@taub4jobs.com The position below was someone who has at least a submitted by David Lundin. If BA/BS preferably in Website: you call please mention Dave. Engineering or Science related www.taubandassociates.com courses. TKJ International Recruiters, Loss Control Representative Inc. is a retained or contingency- Again, I appreciate your time for Eastern Iowa based international executive and your help on this. If you ever need any help either for “Our client is a leading risk and search firm that specializes in yourself or placing candidates insurance firm. They are seeking the placement of Property and within your company please do a Loss Control Representative Casualty Insurance not hesitate to contact me. for Eastern Iowa. In this posi- Professionals. TKJ International tion you will recommend risk works with a variety of Danielle Zanolli, Territory improvement measures to the insurance providers in the Manager, TKJ International insured and provide information Property and Casualty industry. Recruiters, 1-866-485-5732 to the underwriter to help in un- We work with Agencies, *221, firstname.lastname@example.org derwriting decisions on accept- Brokerage Firms, Third Party ing/pricing or rejecting risks by Administrators, and Independent Insurance Loss Control- evaluating the risks at an in- Adjustment firms, Managing Strong Casualty Lines sured’s business (air quality, General Agencies, Insurance safety standards, processes and Companies, Reinsurance I currently have a client who is a controls, use of hazardous chem- Companies and Insurance multi line insurance carrier look icals, etc.), and researching pre- intermediary companies. We to hire someone with strength in vious loss history. You will ser- provide confidential service to casualty lines to handle a vice all size and complexity of both candidate and client as is territory which includes Illinois, risks. To be considered you will needed with respect to their Indiana, and Ohio. Do you know need to offer around Five (5) or individual requirements. of anyone who fits my criteria? more years of direct loss control The client I am working with experience. In-depth knowledge Here are some additional specs: of loss control and of current on this Senior Loss Control opportunity is a National OSHA, National Fire Protection 5 years insurance company Insurance Carrier and has a very Association, EPA, and other casualty exp, Good good reputation in the market state and local regulations. One communication skills, Good place. This position requires or more professional designa- computer skills services of IL, IN and some OH tions required such as Certified territory. The position requires Able to do presentations for Safety Professional, Associate in the individual to conduct loss large groups Risk Management or Associate in Loss Control Management. November 2004 - Page 20 for working with exposure eval- fastest growing service Safety professionals presently uations, recommendations for companies in the country, we outside the insurance industry risk improvement and the im- have full time positions open in could be considered as well. plementation of necessary safety New York City, Chicago, Los Please contact Scot Dickerson programs. You will also con- Angeles, and Miami. for immediate confidential con- duct risk assessment of prospec- sideration and additional details. tive accounts and loss control All positions require 10+ years’ Email: sdickerson@insurance- service delivery to policyhold- experience with a major carrier csg.com Phone: 515-273-9991. ers. Qualified candidates will or national broker in commercial Fax: 515-440-2347. See our have 5-7 years of applicable loss casualty loss control. website at, control/safety management field Experience in writing/presenting www.csgrecruiting.com for a experience for a trucking com- loss control proposals to large complete listing of nationwide pany. risks and major account opportunities.” coordination is necessary. BS Contact Scot Dickerson for Degree in Engineering or complete details and confidential Physical Science is preferred; Safety Professional- consideration. Email: CSP or ARM designation is a Transportation-Risk and email@example.com . plus. Computer skills required. Insurance Phone: 515-273-9991. Fax: 515- 440-2347. See our website at, This position offers a Our client is a leading risk and www.csgrecruiting.com for a competitive salary, and full time insurance firm. They presently complete listing of nationwide positions have a comprehensive offer a unique opportunity for a opportunities. benefits package. Qualified Safety Professional to join the candidates should send resume insurance industry. They are with salary history to: looking for an individual that LOSS CONTROL has safety management experi- CONSULTANT Jleonard@safetyresc.com ence within the transportation industry working for a mid to Safety Resources, a leading Woods Hole Oceanographic large sized trucking operation. service provider to the insurance Institution industry, has an immediate need In this Loss Control Consultant for several loss control position you will be responsible consultants. As one of the November 2004 - Page 21 Northeastern Illinois ASSE Chapter Meeting November 10, 2004 Tour: Argonne National Laboratory The ASSE Northeastern IL Chapter will be hold its November meeting on Wednesday, November 10th at the Argonne National Laboratory. The laboratory is located at 9700 S. Cass Avenue (from I- 55 take exit 273A, South Cass Avenue). Meet at the Visitor Center by 2 p.m. Please R.S.V.P to Liz Cunningham no later than 12 noon, Monday, November 1, 2004 . Ecunningham@pactiv.com or 847-482-2747 You must be a US citizen to enter the laboratory compound and you must have a photo ID with you! SEE YOU THERE!
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