December 2003 ASSE North East Iowa Chapter NEWSLETTER American Society of Safety Engineers Protecting people, property and the environment since 1911 FEEL FREE TO FORWARD THE NEWSLETTER ON TO OTHERS IN YOUR ORGANIZATION This Newsletter brought to you in part by… FRIENDS OF THE CHAPTER: THANK YOU TO: Quad City Safety and Allen Occupational Health for contributing door prizes at last months meeting. Thank you for your support. December Chapter Meeting Where: see below When: Thursday, December 11th Time: see below Topic(s): We will be joining the AIHA IA/IL Local Section (thank you AIHA for the invitation). The meeting will begin with lunch at the Camp David Restaurant in Cedar Falls (see attached map). The meal will be buffet style and feature smoked meats, vegetables, side dishes and salads. A non- alcoholic beverage is included in the meal price of $10.00. The schedule of events is as follows: Lunch: 12 Noon to 1 PM Travel: 1 PM to 1:30 PM Tour and talk: 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM Meeting: 3 pm to 4 PM A tour of the John Deere Foundry will follow the meal. Hard hats and safety glasses will be required during the tour. A limited number of hard hats will be available so if you have one available please bring it. Mr. George Hutcheson, a CIH with John Deere, will speak on the topic of "IH Concerns in a Foundry" after the tour. There will be time at the end for any chapter business. Please RSVP to Brian Graettinger at email@example.com or call 1-800-750-2401. Car-Pooling from the Dubuque area: At the last meeting Jeff and Teresa graciously offered their names as contacts for people interested in car-pooling from the Dubuque area. Jeff and Teresa can be reached at: Jeff Bortcheller Teresa Gansemer Premier Tooling & Mfg Eagle Window & Door, Inc. firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com 563-557-7006 563-556-3009 ext. 458 Car-Pooling from the Cedar Rapids or other areas: If you are willing to offer your name as a contact for those interested in car-pooling from these areas, please advise and I’ll send your name out to the e-mailing list. Northeast Iowa ASSE Chapter Is Awarded Chapter Achievement Award for 2002-2003 This is the first year in our chapter’s history that the award has been applied for and was awarded. This award looks at several areas of the chapter activities throughout the chapter year. Some of those are getting required reports to the National Office on time, Chapter meetings, PDC’s, attendance at meetings of chapter as well as the Regional Meetings. Another requirement is for the Delegate to be at the annual meeting held in conjunction with the National PDC as well as donations to the Foundation. I personally want to thank all our members who participated in meetings, donations to the Foundation as well as your support in my attendance at the National conference. As the chapter delegate I will do my best to attend the annual meeting in Las Vegas next June and at that time a plague will be presented to the chapter for its achievements. I would encourage any of you to consider attending the national PDC. It is beneficial educationally, networking and getting ideas for our chapter as well as for your Safety practice. It is fun and energizing. Safety 2004: Advancing the EH&S Profession June 7-10, 2004, Las Vegas, NV Don’t forget to support our new officers. You can do this by attending our monthly meetings and returning the survey on what you want out of belonging to our local chapter. Thanks again, Marlys Nelson RN, COHN-S Past President, NE Iowa ASSE FROM GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS OSHA Trade Release November 3, 2003 Contact: Frank Meilinger Phone: (202) 693-1999 OSHA OFFERS SAFETY TIPS FOR TILT-UP CONSTRUCTION WASHINGTON -- A new Safety and Health Information Bulletin from OSHA alerts workers and employers about the hazards of unsupported panels and provides practical recommendations on ways to prevent them from collapsing. The bulletin offers safety information for workers involved in tilt-up panel erection-a common method used to raise concrete wall panels during the construction of many types of buildings and structures. "We want to make every effort to prevent and reduce injuries and illnesses in the construction industry," said OSHA Administrator John Henshaw. "Our new bulletin helps identify potential hazards for tilt-up panels and outlines ways to improve safety at these types of construction sites." The new bulletin was developed following an accident in North Carolina, in which three workers were fatally injured when a twenty-ton concrete wall panel (23 feet high by 19'7" wide) collapsed. A summary of the accident investigation by the North Carolina Department of Labor, Division of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH-NC) identifies various hazards that contributed to the collapse, including a failure to install adequate bracing or removal of temporary braces prior to the completion of all permanent connections to the structure. The investigation also revealed that steel joists were not properly secured and that supervisors and employees did not receive proper training for tilt-up construction. The bulletin recommends that employers take the following measures to prevent wall panels from toppling over: Maintain programs to provide frequent inspections of the job site; Instruct employees in the recognition and avoidance of unsafe conditions, and OSHA regulations that are applicable to the work environment; Comply with all requirements for pre-cast concrete construction; Ensure that tilt-up panels are properly braced to resist wind and lateral forces; Instruct supervisors and employees not to remove temporary braces until roof structure and/or columns are in place to stabilize the building; and Use only certified welders when welding steel joists to embed on tilt-up wall panels. Additional information on tilt-up construction can be obtained from OSHA's Directorate of Construction website www.osha.gov/doc/ or by contacting the Office of Construction Services at (202) 693-2020. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF SAFETY ENGINEERS REGISTER CONCERN OVER INDEPENDENT FEDERAL AGENCY'S DECISION CONCERNING WORKPLACE SAFETY DES PLAINES, IL (December 2, 2003) – American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) President James 'Skipper' Kendrick applauds the decision by Assistant Secretary of Labor John Henshaw and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to appeal the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission's (OSHRC) recent decision in Secretary of Labor v. Ho. If allowed to stand, the Ho decision would limit OSHA's ability to crack down on employers that willfully fail to protect workers from known safety and health risks. "ASSE’s members are concerned that the Ho decision improperly limits OSHA’s ability to continue enforcement actions under the egregious conduct policy, a necessary tool for OSHA to make the worst employers accountable for their willful failure to protect workers from known safety and health risks," Kendrick stated in a letter sent to Assistant Secretary Henshaw today. "If allowed to stand, this decision would be an unacceptable step backwards in the federal government’s ability to enforce this nation’s occupational safety and health standards against those who deserve enforcement attention the most." In egregious civil penalty cases, OSHA has been able to fine an employer for each instance of a workplace violation even when they apply to the same standard. Under OSHA policy, OSHA inspectors are instructed to cite employers for multiple violations of the same standard where the employer has demonstrated one or more of the following characteristics: persistently high rates of illness/injury or fatalities; extensive history of prior violations; intentional disregard of health and safety responsibilities; or bad faith (indifference to standards or requirements). The OSHRC is an independent Federal agency created to decide contests of citations or penalties resulting from OSHA inspections of American work places. The Secretary of Labor v. Ho case concerned OSHA's multiple issuance of willful citations to Eric K. Ho and two companies he controlled for allegedly violating the asbestos standard in construction, for failing to provide respiratory protection and asbestos training to 11 workers. The workers were hired to remove asbestos-containing materials from a hospital. The OSHRC ruled September 29, 2003 that OSHA's imposition of per-employee citations of the asbestos standard was not reasonable and rejected OSHA's egregious policy. "Allowing this decision to stand will make it extremely difficult for OSHA to hold truly egregious employers responsible for their willful failures to protect workers," Kendrick said. "When a ruling like Ho threatens to limit OSHA's ability to address those employers, ASSE fully supports OSHA in taking whatever steps are possible to see that such a ruling will not stand." Of interest is a workers comp bill recently passed in California that would require insurers to review insureds' injury and illness prevention plan within four months of the beginning of an initial policy term. The commencement of the initial policy term. The reviewer must be an independent licensed California professional engineer (PE), certified safety professional (CSP), or a certified industrial hygienist (CIH). The bill came about quickly without much of an opportunity for interested parties to support or oppose. A summary of the entire bill is attached and the relevant section cut in below. (l) Every workers' compensation insurer shall conduct a review, including a written report as specified below, of the injury and illness prevention program (IIPP) of each of its insureds within four months of the commencement of the initial insurance policy term. The review shall determine whether the insured has implemented all of the required components of the IIPP, and evaluate their effectiveness. The training component of the IIPP shall be evaluated to determine whether training is provided to line employees, supervisors, and upper level management, and effectively imparts the information and skills each of these groups needs to ensure that all of the insured's specific health and safety issues are fully addressed by the insured. The reviewer shall prepare a detailed written report specifying the findings of the review and all recommended changes deemed necessary to make the IIPP effective. The reviewer shall be an independent licensed California professional engineer, certified safety professional, or a certified industrial hygienist. Voters Oust Ergo in Washington State The Seattle Times is reporting today that Washington State voters yesterday approved the initiative rescinding the Washington State ergonomics rule and barring the state from adopting another ergonomics rule until federal standards are adopted. ASSE Call for Assistance on Ergo Value Project To help in its second project, ASSE's Ergonomics Task Force is asking ASSE members for assistance in an initiative to collect information on how to measure and demonstrate the value of ergonomics in the workplace. This project has grown out of conversations with National Advisory Committee on Ergonomics (NACE) leadership, which has identified the need for this kind of information as it advances the ergonomics issue at the national level. Specifically, ASSE is seeing information on cost justification and value analysis for ergonomic improvement efforts and would like to gather information that answers the following questions: - What types of direct and indirect costs and benefits are used to evaluate ergonomic projects? - What criteria are used to determine if an ergonomic intervention is 'effective' or not? - How accurate is the forecasting of costs, benefits, and effectiveness? - What types of subjective choices, if any, are included in the decision or approval process? - How is this process different, if at all, from the justification or evaluation of other types of safety or health improvement projects? - What types of tools or information do safety professionals need most in order to make effective choices in addressing ergonomic issues? The information collected will be reviewed for possible development of a set of tools or resources for use by ASSE members and safety professionals in evaluating effective workplace ergonomics improvements. Please forward your answers to Dave Heidorn, Manager of Government Affairs and Policy at ASSE at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact any of the Ergo Task Force Members -- Mark Hansen at email@example.com; Lawrence Schulze at LJSchulz@Central.UH.EDU; Phil Jacobs at firstname.lastname@example.org.; or Marsie De Oliviera at email@example.com. ******************************************************************************** AMERICAN SOCIETY OF SAFETY ENGINEERS TO DEVELOP MOLD STANDARD FOR WORKER PROTECTION DES PLAINES, IL (November 5, 2003) – The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) announced today that it will develop a standard aimed at protecting workers when dealing with mold remediation. The purpose of the standard, announced at the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists' (ACGIH) "Mold Remediation: The National Quest for Uniformity" symposium in Orlando, is to establish minimum requirements and recommended procedures to be implemented by employers to minimize employee exposure to mold. The proposed standard will not, however, establish an exposure level or action level for identification purposes or trigger remediation activities. "Mold is an important safety, health and environmental issue for everyone," ASSE Environmental Practice Specialty member Mary Ann Latko, CSP, CIH, QEP, stated in her symposium presentation. "Since safety, health and environmental professionals (SH&E) are already responding to mold-related concerns and are working without a universally accepted standard from a cognizant authority, a standard aimed at protecting workers is very much needed." Because there is no one universally accepted consensus standard that can be held as the standard of care to protect mold remediation workers in an indoor environment, ASSE petitioned the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to be the secretariat of a canvass standard initiative, Z690, to address worker safety and health during mold remediation projects. ANSI approved the petition. Also, the ASSE Board of Directors unanimously approved the ASSE "Position Statement Regarding Mold in the Indoor Working Environment" October 27. There are many different types of biological organisms and bioaerosol present in the indoor environment. Mold, a group of microscopic fungi, is just one of these types. These spore-producing organisms can thrive in certain indoor conditions – when there is a temperature range conducive to growth, sufficient water or moisture, and a source of nutrients or food. While ubiquitous in nature, excessive mold in the indoor environment can result in offensive odors from the volatile organic compounds released by certain molds during growth and death cycles, and destruction of building components by penetration of the filaments and hyphae produced. Although adverse health effects related to exposure to some types of mold have been reported, at this time, there is no conclusive link to pulmonary hemorrhage nor is there conclusive evidence that mold-related illnesses are increasing. Currently there is no consensus among SH&E and healthcare professionals as to the level of mold exposure that is acceptable in indoor environments. Developing guidelines before the adverse health effects of the work environment are not well defined or where the science is still maturing is not a new approach. The approach defined in the 1980s to protect hazardous waste site workers, where the level of required personal protective equipment is based on immediately available direct-read instruments that provide screening results, is just one example. "Minimizing worker exposure to mold is extremely important. We cannot wait until we are comfortable with the science of mold, we need to protect workers from potential adverse health effects now," Latko said. Workplace situations and activities have the potential to expose workers to mold. Employers and workers need to be aware of such situations and be able to identify activities that may result in increased potential harm for workers and building occupants to be exposed to excessive levels of mold. ASSE recognizes that some forms of mold can cause adverse health effects in some people, including the elderly, children, and persons with reduced or compromised immune systems and/or can aggravate pre-existing health conditions. "While ASSE does not in any way discount the need to address the needs of at-risk populations, the current focus of ASSE’s efforts on mold is worker protection," Latko said. "A key part of the mold debate is that as of today there is still no documentation of universal adverse health effects related to exposure to mold. In contrast, for many hazardous chemicals there are such documented universal adverse effects directly related to certain levels of exposure. For example, any person whose skin comes into contact with concentrated acid will develop a burn and any person exposed to a certain level of nitrogen gas will become unconscious and eventually die." During her presentation, Latko described ASSE's recommended standard of care for workers, preventive measures to use for workers doing indoor mold remediation work, how to assess the mold problem, sampling and testing, interpreting the results, minimizing worker exposure to mold, remediation approaches and responses, and training and certification. For the full report, the position statement and more information check ASSE’s web site at http://www.asse.org/prac_spec_cops_issues.htm. NEWSLETTER SPONSORSHIP If you or your company would like to sponsor our newsletter in return for advertising space please contact the Newsletter Editor or any member of the Board if you are interested in providing a sponsorship. We now have 2 NEW pricings for your ADVERTISEMENT! SPONSORSHIP: $250.00 for 10 issues Or FRIENDS OF THE CHAPTER: Your or your company’s business card $100.00 for 10 issues. The Newsletter appears monthly, September through June. This mailing alone will reach approx. 180 e-mail addressees and postal addressess. WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING IN EHS? AIHA: January ’04 No meeting. Tri-State Safety Council: December: No meeting January 30, 2004: Mi-T-M; Peosta JOB POSTINGS Should you know of a job opening in the area, feel free to submit the job opening to Newsletter Editor at Twentysss@cs.com. We will post the opening here free of charge. Listings will be limited to Iowa and the surrounding states. The ASSE Web Site - www.asse.org N.E. IOWA CHAPTER 2003-04 FISCAL YEAR OFFICERS President Vice President Treasurer Secretary Gary Brandau Cindy Houlson Jeff Bortcheller Wendel Reece Bertch Cabinet UNI Premier Tooling & Mfg UNI 4747 Crestwood Dr Physical Plant Bldg 8853 Kapp Drive Physical Plant Bldg Waterloo, IA 50704 Cedar Falls, IA 50614 Peosta, IA 52068 Cedar Falls, IA 50614 firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Committee Chairpersons: Government Affairs: Mike Perry Safety Director, John Deere Engine Works (319) 292-5254 PerryMichaelR@JohnDeere.com Membership,Awards, Honors: Marlys J. Nelson Occupational Health - Allen Hospital (319) 235-3523 Nelsonmj@his.org Social Committee: vacant Newsletter Editor: Steve Theisen 20 somethin’ safety service (319) 231-1663 Twentysss@cs.com U.S. STATISTICS FOR 1902 (source unknown) The average life expectancy in the U.S. was 47. Only 14 percent of homes in the United States had a bathtub. Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone. A 3-minute call from Denver to New York City cost $11. There were only 8,000 cars in the U.S. and only 144 miles of paved roads. The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 miles per hour. Alabama, Mississippi, Iowa and Tennessee were each more heavily populated than California. With a mere 1.4 st million residents, California was only the 21 most populous state in the Union. The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower. The average wage in the United States was 22 cents per hour. The average U.S. worker made between $200 and $400 per year. A competent accountant could expect to earn $2,000 per year, a dentist $2,500 per year, a veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year, and a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year. More than 95 percent of all births in the United States took place at home. Ninety percent of all U.S. physicians had no college education. Instead, they attended medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press and by the government as “substandard”. Sugar cost 4 cents a pound. Eggs were 14 cents a dozen. Coffee cost 15 cents a pound. Most women only washed their hair once a month and used borax or egg yolks for shampoo. Canada passed a law prohibiting poor people from entering the country for any reason. The five leading causes of death in the United States were: 1. Pneumonia and influenza. 2. Tuberculosis 3. Diarrhea 4. Heart disease 5. Stroke The American flag had 45 stars. Arizona, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Hawaii, and Alaska hadn’t been admitted into the Union yet. The population of Las Vegas, Nevada, was 30. Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn’t been invented. There were no Mother’s Day or Father’s Day. One in ten U.S. adults couldn’t read or write. Only six percent of all Americans had graduated from high school. Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at corner drugstores. According to one pharmacist, “Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind.” TO CAMP DAVID RESTAURANT: Note: This map is not the best. The road labeled as Butterfield is actually Highway 58. The road labeled 58 is actually 20. Anyone getting to the intersection of Highway 58 and Viking Road will see Camp David off to the right if they are heading north. JOHN DEERE FOUNDRY Season’s Greetings if we don’t see you on the 11th!
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