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October 17, 2009

October News and Notes

Nursing Homes and Manufacturers on 2009 OSHA Targeted Inspection List
Nearly 4,000 high-hazard worksites are scheduled for comprehensive safety inspections under OSHA's 2009 Site-Specific Targeting Program. Changes to this year's program include dividing the primary list of establishments slated for inspection into three sectors: manufacturing, non-manufacturing and nursing homes. OSHA has established minimum injury and illness rates for each group, allowing the agency to inspect more locations that exceed the minimum rates. Read the directive here.

Chamber of Commerce Posts H1N1 Business Guide
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has released It's Not Flu as Usual: An H1N1 Business Preparedness Guide with suggestions on how to keep employees healthy and maintain business operations during the upcoming flu season. The guide includes a 10-point preparedness checklist and a list of Internet resources on topics like federal guidance for workplace planning, vaccines, antiviral drugs, face masks and respirators. Download the guide at

OSHA Revises Enforcement Policies for Fall Protection During Steel Erection
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently revised the steel erection compliance directive for the agency's Steel Erection Standard to change two enforcement policies related to tripping hazards and installation of nets or floors during steel erection. Click the links above for details, or read the news release here.

CDC Releases H1N1 Guide for Small Business
The Centers for Disease Control says small businesses must plan ahead so they can respond in flexible ways to varying levels of influenza outbreaks this fall and winter. The most important thing you can do to prepare your business is to have a written plan, and the CDC's new guide, Planning for 2009 H1N1 Influenza: A Preparedness Guide for Small Business, can help you write your own plan. Download the guide here.

Rule Updating Personal Protective Equipment Standards is Now in Effect
The new rule revises the PPE sections of its general industry, shipyard employment, longshoring and marine terminals standards concerning requirements for eye- and face-protective devices, and head and foot protection. Read details here.

Count on for workplace safety news and compliance updates.