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U.S. Department of Labor to Hold Public Meeting On Leading Indicators for Safety and Health Programs

Oct 08, 2019

From the Department of Labor:

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor invites interested parties to attend a discussion on leading indicators for occupational safety and health programs. The meeting will be held on November 7, 2019, in Washington, D.C.

A key component of a safety and health program is to monitor performance and progress using leading indicators that track how well various aspects of the program are performing. The November discussion will focus on the use of leading indicators, how they are chosen, what they track, whether they are effective, if there is commonality across an industry, and any challenges encountered using such indicators.

Those interested in participating in the meeting or attending as an observer must register at Leading Indicators Meeting Registration by October 30, 2019. The meeting will not include formal presentations, but instead will be conducted as a group discussion. Written comments can be submitted to the docket, OSHA-2019-0005, through February 7, 2020.

WHAT:          Public Stakeholder Meeting on Leading Indicators for Safety and Health Programs

WHEN:          Thursday, November 7, 2019, 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT.

WHERE:       U.S. Department of Labor                        Frances Perkins Building, Room N-4437                        200 Constitution Avenue, NW                        Washington, DC  20210

Registration: https://projects.erg.com/conferences/osha/register-osha-leadingindicators.htm

NCC Member William Walkowiak Appointed to NACOSH

Oct 06, 2019

Congratulations William Walkowiak, CSP!

William Walkowiak, CSP, was appointed to serve a 2-year term as a management representative on the 12 member Committee. He is a professional member of the National Capital Chapter and a member of the ConstructionMilitary and Public Sector practice specialties. Walkowiak is director of occupational safety policy and programs at the office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Air Force for Environment, Safety and Infrastructure.

NACOSH was established under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 to advise the secretaries of labor and health and human services on occupational safety and health programs and policies. Members of the 12-person advisory committee are chosen on the basis of their knowledge and experience in occupational safety and health.

The 12-member NACOSH has two members representing management, two members representing labor, two members representing the occupational health professions, two members representing the occupational safety professions and four members representing the public. Two of the health representatives and two of the public members are designated by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, although actual appointment of these members, as well as all other members, is by the Secretary of Labor. The members serve two-year terms.

Read the full press release here: https://ncc.assp.org/encounters-news/ncc-member-william-walkowiak-appointed-to-nacosh/

NCC Member Scott Ketcham Named OSHA Director of Construction Directorate

Oct 06, 2019

Congratulations National Capital Chapter Member Scott Ketcham!

From the Department of Labor Press Release:

The U.S. Department of Labor has selected Scott Ketcham as the new director of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) Directorate of Construction (DOC) in Washington, D.C. Ketcham had served as deputy director of DOC since February 2017.

Prior to coming to OSHA’s national office, Ketcham worked for 19 years as an OSHA acting deputy regional administrator, area director, assistant area director, and compliance officer and manager in offices in the Seattle, Dallas and Philadelphia regions. Before joining OSHA, he spent five years as a staff industrial hygienist with the U.S. Army Medical Activity at Bassett Army Hospital on Ft. Wainwright, Alaska. He retired from the U.S. Army after 24 years of active and reserve service …

‘Scott Ketcham is a dedicated public servant,” said Loren Sweatt, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Occupational Safety and Health. “He has demonstrated strong leadership throughout his OSHA career, and I am confident he will continue to achieve the mission of assuring safe and healthful working conditions for construction workers in his new position.”’

Read the Full DOL Press Release: https://www.osha.gov/news/newsreleases/trade/09162019

Read the Full ASSP Press Release: https://www.assp.org/society-update-news/2019/10/01/assp-member-scott-ketcham-named-director-of-osha’s-construction-directorate

 

Career Event for Students – Assistance Needed!

Sep 24, 2019

The National Capital Chapter is partnering with ChABSA, NOVA, AHMP, WMACSA, AIHA, BWCHPS, MW Occupational Nurses, and PESA to host a career event for local students in the D.C. Area and we need YOUR help! The mission of the group is to provide an event that educates post-secondary students in the DC-MD-NOVA area on EHS-related career options. The target audience will be Post-secondary students in EHS and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)related programs.

Some key goals identified by the working group include:

-To co-host the event among participating EHS-related associations in the DMV.

-To focus on post-secondary students who are more likely to become members in our respective associations than high school students (i.e. high school students would not bepotential members in our associations until a number of years after they graduate).

-To execute a smaller event (“low-hanging fruit”), which will target a smaller audience ina smaller geographic area. The group had consensus that after our success with asmaller event, we can consider scaling-up the next event.

Does this sound like something you would like to be involved with? Are you passionate about educating the next generation? Please reach out to President Wyatt Bradbury (president@ncc.assp.org) for more information on how you can get involved! This group is actively meeting with a target date for the event only a couple of months away.

September Meeting Recap

Sep 24, 2019

The September meeting was well attended and held at Pepco’s Rockville Service Center, Christopher Hughes Sr Safety Specialist and chapter member hosted the event. The topics discussed were high voltage line awareness and induction awareness this included such items as touch and step potential as well as how system restoration is done in storm situations as well as emergency situations like a car hitting a utility pole. Some great handouts and toolbox talks coving the topic for those not in the electrical utility industry where given to take home and use with co-workers. We also learned about the training needed to become a lineman and dedication between utilities in major storm restoration. High voltage demonstration trailer was run by Dean Hashmall PHI Sr Emergency Preparedness Administrator and Justin Bowley Sr. troubleman (First Responder) from the Rockville Service Center. We met members of the engineering department as well who explained how they design, build, and work with customers to arrange outages and the requirements for new buildings to be added to the electrical grid.

Thank you to Chris and Pepco for hosting this informative and fantastic event!

Presentation Overview from Attendee and Member KC Coulter High Voltage Awareness Recap