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1 Cathy Goedert, Deputy Director Directorate of Technical Support and Emergency Management (DTSEM) March 12, 2009 ASSE/AIHA DTSEM Update

2 Salt Lake Technical Center National Office Wash, D.C. Cincinnati Technical Center  Occupational Health Nursing  Occupational Medicine  Science and Technology Assessment  Technical Programs and Coordination Activities  Technical Data Center  Emergency Management

3 New Name – Directorate of Technical Support and Emergency Management New Director – Thomas Galassi New Office Directors:  Tamara BradfordTechnical Data Center  John Ferris Emergency Management  Rosemary Sokas Occupational Medicine


5 Emergency Management: Coordination & Planning Coordination with Emergency Management community Operational Procedures defining roles of FEMA and OSHA in responses National Exercises Strategic Planning for Federal Response “If OSHA is not involved, worker safety and health issues are overlooked or inadequately addressed.”

6 OSHA participates in national-level planning initiatives Terrorist Use of Explosives (TUE) Improvised Nuclear Device (IND) Biological Attack (BIO) Radiological Dispersal Device (RDD) Chemical Attack (CML) Natural Disaster (ND) Cyber Pandemic (PI)

7 Technical Assistance During Disasters Midwest Flooding. Hurricanes Hanna, Gustav, & Ike. Nominating Conventions & Inauguration.

8 Biological Chemical Specialized Response Teams

9 ER Technical Assistance

10 Directorate of Technical Support and Emergency Management

11 Safety & Health Information Bulletins Flammable Liquids in Cutting Laminated Glass. Compactor Rollover Hazard Transporting, Unloading, Storing & Handling Stone Slabs Auger Drilling Wood Chippers Flammability Hazard: Oilfield Exploration and Production (E&P) Waste Liquids.

12 OSHA E-Products WEB-based Resources Safety and Health Information on over 170 selected topics –Hospital e-tool Newly Revised Sections: Bloodborne Pathogens and the Surgical Suite New Modules: Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Sonography –Powered Industrial Trucks (Forklift) eTool Exploring new technologies – forums, blogs, wiki-pages

13 Young Workers Initiative ’09 Teen Summer Job Safety Campaign Face Book? Volunteer issues

14 Occupational Medicine Residency Nurse Intern Program Training Future Leaders

15 Directorate of Technical Support and Emergency Management

16 IH Chemistry Our AIHA (ISO17025) accredited laboratory analyzes over 400 chemicals.

17 Analytical Investigative Services Mass Spec Analysis - unknowns Combustible Dust testing Sampling and Analytical Methods Development Material Failure Testing and Investigations Blood Carboxyhemoglobin to Environmental Carbon Monoxide Concentration Back Calculations Soil Testing

18 SLTC Analyses FY 2008

19 National Samples > PEL 2004-2008

20 Enforcement Support Health Response Team, Occupational Medicine & Nursing provide assistance to field personnel on unusual or complex cases. Chemical hazards Biological hazards Physical energy Ergonomics Medicine Recordkeeping Microbiology Toxicology

21 Engineering and Program Support

22 Technical Data Center Docket Office –WWW.REGULATIONS.GOV – –Public Reading Room Technical Information Resource Center –Extensive collection of safety and industrial hygiene publications –Open to the public

23 Journals, Books and Historical Documents Full Service Library

24 Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratories (NRTL) Program NRTLs test and approve products to assure they are safe to use in U.S. workplaces. 2008 American Council of Independent Laboratories (ACIL) Alliance Three alliance products of interest. –Registered Certification Marks of NRTLs – pocket card –"Identifying Counterfeit Items – Quick Tips" –"The Threat of Counterfeit Product Approval Marks Warrants Aggressive Detection and Enforcement Action"

25 Registered Certification Marks of NRTLs

26 Applied Research Laboratories (ARL) - Terminated in January 2008 Electrical Reliability Services, Inc. (ERS) (formerly, Electro- Test, Inc. (ETI)) - Terminated in June 2008 Two Former NRTLs

27 October 2008 --- RFI in response to a proposal from European Commission (EC) to adopt SDoC for electrical products The driver--- April 2007 trade-related agreement between the U.S. and European Union SDoC involves a manufacturer certifying its own products with post-market surveillance NRTL approvals are “pre-market” system Supplier’s Declaration of Conformity (SDoC)

28 Variances from OSHA Standards Allows for flexibility from specific requirements of an OSHA standard where levels of employee protection are maintained Alternative must provide employees safety and health protection equivalent to the standard On average OSHA processes approximately 12 variance applications a year Currently OSHA has 20 active or granted variances

29 Variance Program: Four Variance Types Permanent Variance: alternative procedures that are as safe as those required by the standard. Temporary Variance: allows employer additional time to achieve compliance with new standards. National Defense Variance: reasonable variations and tolerances to and from the OSHA requirements “to avoid serious impairment of the National Defense.” Experimental variance: allows employer to try new techniques which they believe will improve health or safety of workers.


31 Thank you Cathy Goedert, Deputy Director Directorate of Technical Support and Emergency Management (DTSEM) (202)693.2300


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