Washington appointed to Safety & Health Standards Board

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Aug. 17, 2007 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

At their monthly meeting this week, the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (OSHSB) swore in CMTA’s very own Willie Washington as it’s 7th board member.  We are honored to have him representing the employer community and we are sure that his experience and knowledge will serve both employers and employees.   

The meeting had little to no controversy but provided the Chief of the Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH), Len Welsh, the opportunity to report on indoor heat illness.  Mr. Welsh explained that after carefully studying the request to evaluate the need for indoor regulations, DOSH concluded that there was no need.  

Their decision was based in part on the fact that DOSH investigations and studies which compared incidents between 2005 and 2006 showed that although hundreds of people had suffered heat illness, a very small portion occurred in occupational indoor situations.  In 2006 DOSH only investigated six cases of indoor heat illness. DOSH found that in many cases more training and education could have made a difference.  DOSH is working through the Illness and Injury Prevention Program to ensure that the appropriate industries are identifying heat illness as a hazard and properly training their employees.

Mr. Welsh concluded by saying that DOSH is working with CMTA and other employer groups on developing a heat illness communications network to be presented at the next board meeting on September 20th.  

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