Thursday, October 19, 2017

Center for Public Health Workforce Development

The Office of Public Health Practice has changed its name to the Center for Public Health Workforce Development.  Since 1998, the Office of Public Health Practice has been responsible for the continuing education and workforce development activities of the Rutgers School of Public Health.

The Center for Public Health Workforce Development is a leading provider of programs, training, and technical assistance.  Since our training center was initiated in 1977, we have trained over 750,000 individuals in occupational safety, environmental health, and public health topics.  Technical assistance provided to local health departments included development of logic models for tobacco control teams for their evaluation plans, training to implement quality improvement plans, and evaluating the impact programs have on workplace practice.

The Center for Public Health Workforce Development will continue our outstanding programming to meet the needs of our partners.  All of our existing projects will continue:
  • Atlantic OSHA Education Center (OSHA)
  • NJNY Hazardous Waste Worker Training Center (NIEHS)
  • NYNJ Education and Research Center (NIOSH)
  • Region 2 Public Health Training Center (HRSA)

We have invested thousands of hours to increase the capacity of the public health workforce, and our new name reflects the work we do.  The Center for Public Health Workforce Development continues to be the leader in developing public health programs for our partners in New Jersey, New York and beyond! 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

New York City Council Approves new Construction Safety Training Bill

Workers will be required to complete a total of 40-55 hours of training.  Training requirements take effect March 2018 and are phased in over a period of two years. Required courses include OSHA Construction Outreach Training, fall protection, and other training. 

More information. 

Silica Webpage Updated

Silica webpage updatedInformation on silica hazards and related OSHA standards are now in one location on OSHA’s website. The updated silica page contains links to guidance on complying with OSHA’s silica standards in both construction and general industry and maritime, as well as information on silica sampling and analysis, health effects of silica exposure, and answers to frequently asked questions.

2018 National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls to be held May 7-11

A fall protection demonstration being given at a stand-down event held this year outside Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.The fifth annual National Safety Stand-Down to prevent falls in construction will be held May 7-11, 2018. Sponsored by OSHA, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and CPWR — The Center for Construction Research and Training, the weeklong outreach event encourages employers and workers to pause during the work day to talk about fall hazards and prevention. In past years, more than 1 million workers participated in events.

OSHA Memorandum Outlines 30-Day Enforcement Plan for Silica Construction Standard

OSHA to delay enforcement of crystalline silica standard in the construction industryEnforcement of OSHA’s respirable crystalline silica standard for construction went into effect on Sept. 23. The agency announced in a September 20 memorandum a 30-day enforcement phase-in to help employers comply with the new standard. Citations may be considered for employers not making any efforts to comply. For more information on silica hazards and OSHA’s standard, visit the Silica Final Rule webpage.

Monday, September 18, 2017

OSHA’s Mobile-Friendly Publication on Training Requirements is Easy to Use on the Job

OSHA Training GuideOSHA's comprehensive guide to Training Requirements in OSHA Standards is a valuable reference to help employers, safety and health professionals, and training directors comply with the law and keep workers safe. However, at more than 250 pages, the printed version can be cumbersome to carry on some jobsites. That’s why the guide available in digital (MOBI and EPUB) formats; it can be read on a smartphone or tablet and easily searched for the standards that apply to specific industries or activities. Visit OSHA’s website to download a copy

What is an OSHA Intervention in Time of Emergency?

A resident of Friendswood, Texas, hugs OSHA inspector Simon Cabello in gratitude for the help the agency provided her and her husband during the Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts.On September 9, a team of OSHA responders offered assistance to contractors, volunteers, and residents in Friendswood, Texas, who were recovering homes devastated by the floods from Hurricane Harvey. OSHA’s Simon Cabello and Justine Callahan provided volunteers from a local community church with personal protective equipment such as safety glasses and respirators for the work they were doing. The OSHA team focused on safety and health precautions, but offered help to local residents in other ways when needed. While doing their outreach, an elderly couple told inspectors Cabello and Callahan that they didn’t have flood insurance and they weren’t sure how to get information from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The OSHA inspectors connected the homeowners with a FEMA representative, who met with them to assist in their recovery efforts.

OSHA Actively Engaged in Hurricane Harvey Recovery Efforts

OSHA hurricane interventionsOSHA is working closely with local, state, and federal response partners to protect all workers involved in Harvey cleanup and recovery operations.
At FEMA’s request, OSHA staff joined the Joint Field Office in Austin, Texas, and is developing an incident-specific health and safety plan to protect workers during the cleanup and recovery operations. OSHA has been planning and conducting outreach with interagency partners and stakeholders by providing worker safety and health resources, such as the agency’s preparedness, response, and recovery webpages on hurricanes and floods.
To date, OSHA staff have conducted dozens of interventions in the Coastal Bend area to assist employers and workers in identifying unsafe or potentially unsafe working conditions. OSHA response teams have removed approximately 350 workers from hazards, and provided outreach at shelters and work camps where workers assembled and began preparing for recovery activities.

U.S. Labor Department to Provide Immediate Grants and Assistance for Hurricane Irma Recovery Efforts

Hurricane Cleanup and Recovery
In cooperation with state and local partners, the Department of Labor is setting aside funding and will be making grants to assist in disaster response efforts after Hurricane Irma. The Department has initially committed up to $40 million in Disaster Dislocated Worker Grant funding to Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The amount of total funding may increase as the needs and impacts on state and local partners are assessed following the hurricane.
OSHA is actively engaged with the National Response Team and the interagency response to the hurricane and flooding. It is working with the Federal Emergency Management Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Homeland Security, and other federal agencies to coordinate strategies for the recovery.
As the severity and extent of the damage becomes known, the Department will monitor activities and take additional actions as necessary. For more information on the Labor Department’s assistance to those recovering from Hurricane Irma, see the news release.

NIOSH to Hold Webinar on Occupational Safety for the Aging Workforce

NIOSH Total Worker Health Webinar SeriesThe National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health will host a webinar Sept. 28 from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. ET on best practices for addressing occupational safety and health challenges posed by an aging workforce. The webinar will feature presentations on: research to address age differences at work; coaching to help workers manage and reduce the strain that chronic illness may present; and translating scientific knowledge on aging and its societal implications into policy-focused practice. For more information and to register, visit NIOSH's website.
This webinar is the second annual installment of the Total Worker Health: Productive Aging and Work series. The first webinar, “Theory, Health Data, and Practical Solutions,” examined the concept of productive aging, designing aging-friendly workplaces, and hands-on methods organizations can take to meet workplace safety and health needs of workers of all ages.