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California leads nation in crane operator certifications.

In testimony before the Cal-OSHA Standards Board, Graham Brent, Executive Director of the NCCCO, noted that his organization had administered almost 60,000 written and practical mobile crane exams from 2004-2006. Testing resulted in 7,350 certifications issued during that time, with 8,000 total including candidates who entered the program prior to 2004. Section 5006.1 of California's Title 8 was...

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NIST establishes voluntary accreditation program for radiation detector labs.

Designed for laboratories that test radiation detection equipment used by first responders, Accreditation Program will help ensure that laboratories produce comparable results, allowing homeland security personnel to better assess best products for each application. Laboratories seeking accreditation under program will have to demonstrate conformity with ISO/IEC 17025, NIST Handbook 150, NVLAP...

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PMI highlights 2007 spring meeting.

At spring meeting held from April 1-4, PMI President Ken Martin, Senior Director, Commercial Product Development of Delta Faucet Company welcomed 61 attendees, 11 spouses, 13 speakers, and 2 trade press. Future is NOW theme was played out all day Monday, with variety of speakers who addressed future of things to come. Various product-, standing-, and issue-committees convened Tuesday to examine...

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NASFM announces 2007 retail council.

Consisting of 42 members, NASFM Retail Council will help guide NASFM's retail-focused programs including annual Retail Design Awards, buyers' guide, online database of retail environments suppliers, and association's conference programming at retail events such as GlobalShop, StoreXpo, and NADI Shoptalks. Members will also support NASFM's buyer and specifier's website and other services and...

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NCCCO enforces training/testing separation.

Effective June 1, 2007, no training may be conducted at any NCCCO test site within 1 hr of a scheduled written examination. Applying to all NCCCO written test sites nationwide, requirement is designed to reaffirm the separation between the training and testing process and to avoid interaction on test day between training and testing personnel. Test Site Coordinators and IAI Chief Examiners were...

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PPC announces winners of safety awards.

Based upon achievements in 2006, MeadWestvaco's Chicago facility took the Chairman's Award for most consecutive hours worked without single OSHA recordable incident. Five other carton plants also received recognition for completing full year without incident. Winners are chosen from among plants participating in PPC's Safety Boxscore program. Safety data is collected and published monthly to...

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OSHA proposes revising PPE standards.

OSHA is proposing to revise the personal protective equipment (PPE) sections of its general industry, shipyard employment, longshoring and marine terminals standards regarding the use of eye and face protective devices, and head and foot protection. A notice of proposed rulemaking was published in the Federal Register and OSHA is seeking public comments until July 16, 2007. Proposed revisions are...

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OSHA announces its 2007 Site-Specific Targeting plan.

OSHA announced that its 2007 Site-Specific Targeting plan will focus on 4,150 high-hazard worksites on its primary list for unannounced inspections in the coming year. Nursing homes and personal care facilities will be inspected for ergonomic hazards related to resident handling, exposure to infectious materials, and injuries. Agency will also select and inspect workplaces that reported low...

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OSHA settles challenge to hexavalent chromium standard.

OSHA signed an agreement to settle NAM and SSINA's challenge to OSHA's hexavalent chromium standard. Letter of interpretation issued by OSHA will address specific questions NAM and SSINA presented to OSHA regarding the agency's new hexavalent chromium standard for general industry. OSHA, HRG, and the Steelworkers have agreed not to oppose any motion NAM and/or SSINA may file to intervene in...

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OSHA unveils pandemic flu guidance for healthcare workers.

Pandemic Influenza Preparedness and Response Guidance for Healthcare Workers and Healthcare Employers offers information and tools to assist in preparation for and responding to an influenza pandemic, including technical information on infection control and industrial hygiene practices, workplace preparations and planning issues, and OSHA standards.

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