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Obama issues increase budget request for compliance officers

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

According to the latest “OSHA Up To Date” newsletter from the National Safety Council, OSHA plans to step up enforcement by increasing the number of inspections for 2011. President Obama has issued a budget request of $573 million which is a 14% increase over FY 2010. 100 more compliance officers will be hired in order to reach OSHA’s goal of conducting 42,250 inspections next year.

The Department of Labor is also instituting “high-priority performance goals” among them is reducing deaths from common causes such as falls or trench collapses by 2 percent. The President’s budget still has to go through Congress which could change the budget before being sent back to the White House. According to Hilda L. Solis, Secretary of Labor more enforcement and regulations “are sending a strong message throughout industry that we will not tolerate the endangerment of workers”.

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Red Stick Ready

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Roco participated in Red Stick Ready June 19th  at the Mall of Louisiana in Baton Rouge.  Red Stick Ready is an awareness program sponsored by the Baton Rouge Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. The program is designed to provide critical information to the citizens of East Baton Rouge Parish to help them prepare for, respond to and recover from all emergency situations. The agency is also releasing a series of television shows in an effort to enhance community outreach about preparedness.

The Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness has achieved the highest national certification from the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP). Baton Rouge is one of only two cities in Louisiana to be certified as a “Storm Ready Community” by the National Weather Service.

According to JoAnne Moreau, Driector of the EBR Office of Homeland Secruity, pictured here with Roco’s John Voinche’,  says this event was a chance for citizens to interact with public agencies vital to the response effort during an emergency and how citizens of Baton Rouge can actually play a vital role during a parish city or parish wide emergency.

Agencies and companies participating in Red Stick Ready were Roco, The BR Fire Department, Department of Public Works, American Red Cross, Entergy, Council on Aging, MMRS, Office of Public Health, St. George Fire Department, EBR Sheriff’s Office, Emergency Medical Services, BR Police Department, Exxon, North Baton Rouge Chemical Industry Task Force and EBRP Public Schools.

To find out more about how you can be better prepared for emergencies go to www.brgov.com/dept/oep/.
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Field Work Essential in Trench and Structural Collapse Rescue

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Extensive field exercises are considered necessary to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to conduct basic trench rescue operations. An overview of OSHA regulations for Excavations/Trenching should always include: shoring systems; hazard recognition and control methods; soil classification and mechanics; types of collapses; and patient care considerations.

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OSHA Steps Up Enforcement

Monday, May 10, 2010

To address urgent safety and health problems facing Americans in the workplace, OSHA is implementing a new Severe Violator Enforcement Program and increasing civil penalty amounts. Announced in an April 22 news release, the SVEP, which will go into effect by the beginning of June, is intended to focus OSHA enforcement resources on employers who endanger workers by repeatedly demonstrating indifference to their responsibilities under the law.

This supplemental enforcement tool includes increased OSHA inspections in these worksites, mandatory OSHA follow-up inspections, and inspections of other worksites of the same employer where similar hazards and deficiencies may be present.

For more information, see the SVEP Directive. Several administrative changes to the penalty calculation system in OSHA’s Field Operations Manual will also become effective in the next several months. The penalty changes will increase the overall dollar amount of all penalties while maintaining OSHA’s policy of reducing penalties for small employers and those acting in good faith.
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Study Proves Four-person Fire Crews Faster

Monday, May 10, 2010

The first study to quantify the effects of crew sizes and arrival times on lifesaving and firefighting operations…

The International Association of Fire Chiefs and the International Association of Fire Fighters hailed a major study released April 28 that showed four-person firefighting crews completed 22 key tasks at a single-family residential fire 30 percent faster than two-person crews and 25 percent faster than three-person crews.

The study by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, a Commerce Department agency, indicated four-person crews put water on the fire faster, completed laddering and ventilation faster, and finished a primary search and rescue of a non-ambulatory person from an upstairs bedroom faster. “The results from this rigorous scientific study on the most common and deadly fires in the country –- those in single-family residences -– provide quantitative data to fire chiefs and public officials responsible for determining safe staffing levels, station locations, and appropriate funding for community and fire fighter safety,” Harold A. Schaitberger, IAFF’s general president, wrote on the union’s Frontline blog. “This study comes at a crucial time for the fire service. Public officials considering resource cuts cannot ignore the results of this unbiased study,” he added.

“Fire risks grow exponentially. Each minute of delay is critical to the safety of the occupants and firefighters and is directly related to property damage,” said Jason Averill, a principal investigator on the study who leads NIST’s Engineered Fire Safety Group within its Building and Fire Research Laboratory.

Reprinted from: Occupational Health & Safety
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