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|Established in 1980||January 2, 2002|
|In this issue:||[Acting President's Message] | [Board Meeting Summary] | [Upcoming Training]|
Message from the Acting President
We have some volunteers to help out on the local Board. Rocky Rockswold has agreed to serve on the board and continue keeping our data base . In addition, James M. Dills, a new member, has agreed to also serve on the board and assist with the newsletter (a very time consuming thing).
At the last board meeting on December 14, 2001 a nominating committee was established and we are in the process of nominating someone to be the new president of the section. Members of the nominating committee will report on their efforts by the next Board meeting on January 18, 2002.
OSHA WITHDRAWS INDOOR AIR QUALITY PROPOSAL
In what has surely been a long-running saga within OSHA and among supporters of a federal indoor air quality rule, the issue now seems to have come to an abrupt end with the announcement that OSHA has formally withdrawn its indoor air quality proposal.
This is the same proposal that was proposed in 1994 and resulted in over 100,000 comments being submitted to OSHA. Since 1994, OSHA has repeatedly placed this proposal in its “long-term actions" category, notwithstanding the fact that several lawsuits were filed in an attempt to force OSHA to proceed with the rulemaking.
OSHA ANNOUNCES SHORT REGULATORY AGENDA
In announcing the semi-annual regulatory agenda for OSHA in early December, OSHA surprised no one with an agenda that is somewhat “short” compared to previous agendas. However, while some stakeholders have criticized the agency for not taking a serious look at health and safety issues, others have stated that this is exactly the kind of agenda new OSHA administrator John Henshaw said would be forthcoming.
At the recent NACOSH meeting, John hinted that the agenda would be somewhat shorter. However, John stated that the reason for this was that this administration would only place items on the agenda that were “doable”. He mentioned that it did no good for OSHA to publish an agenda littered with issues and ideas that would never actually be proposed or adopted. It was his intent to list only those things that would seriously be considered.
While the full agenda is available by reviewing the December 3 Federal Register, here is a look at some of the issues of interest to AIHA:
Several issues related to construction safety
Occupational Exposure to Beryllium
Proposed Rule Stage
Final Rule Stage
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From Our Last Board Meeting....The Board met on December 14, 2001. The following items were discussed:
Budget: We currently have $3300.00 in our bank account. We have paid CIHC for the year. We only had 45 members pay dues for 2001. We have been sending letters and e-mails out to around 120 listed members, ex-members and others. We need to improve the dues paying.
In February there will an IH training program in a local recycling center. Details will be the January newsletter. We are making an effort to recruit student members and will coordinate this with the Sacramento State programs. However, we do intend to get the help of experienced IHs in this effort.
HOPE YOU HAD HAPPY HOLIDAYS
FROM THE LOCAL SECTION BOARD FOR THE SACRAMENTO VALLEY SECTION OF AIHA
Debbie Dietrich of SKC, Inc. will present:
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Cal/OSHA Training Center,
2211 Park Towne Circle, Suite #5
(Near Butano and Watt Avenue)
$15 AIHA/SVS Members & Cal/OSHA personnel with State ID, $25 for non-AIHA/SVS members
Lunch will not be provided. There are a number of good facilities are within a short walking distance/
See you there!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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It was first posted on January 2, 2002.