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OSHA Offers Training On New Recordkeeping Rule

OSHA’s satellite broadcast providing training to employers nationwide on the new recordkeeping rule will be available via a link at the agency’s website, at http://www.osha-slc.gov/recordkeeping/RKsatellite.html

The satellite broadcast which aired on December 12 was also simulcast on the Internet. The broadcast will remain available for review via the agency's website through June 2002. OSHA's updated injury and illness recordkeeping requirements, covering about 1.4 million employers, take effect Jan. 1, 2002.

"Making training available nationwide via satellite is a first for OSHA," said John L. Henshaw, who heads the agency. "It's part of our extensive outreach program to be sure that all employers have the information they need to meet the new requirements."

Henshaw noted that the agency has placed a wide array of materials on its website including copies of the rule and new forms, fact sheets, a brochure and several PowerPoint training programs. OSHA also plans to mail out new recordkeeping forms in early December to the 1.4 million employers affected by the rule. In late October, Henshaw sent a letter to nearly 200 OSHA stakeholders, trade associations, professional societies and unions detailing OSHA outreach efforts and encouraging them to communicate with their members to help them understand the new rule.

A listing of OSHA offices is available on the website along with a list of regional recordkeeping coordinators who can respond to specific questions from employers and workers about the new rule. States operating their own job safety and health programs are developing their own equivalent recordkeeping rules and can respond to questions and provide training and materials.

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Lapauw Acquired By Private Investor

BELGIUM — Lapauw and its affiliate Lapauw France have been acquired by Mr. Philippe D’heygere for an undisclosed amount. The Belgian based manufacturer of industrial laundry equipment officially announced that it has recently sold its rights to Mr. Philippe D’heygere, a successful international entrepreneur with special interests in global expansion.

“I have worked with the Lapauw family for 46 years. Following my first meeting with the new owner, I feel very confident that this agreement will provide the experience and resources needed to expand into new markets and bolster support to our existing distributors and customers,” said Andre Henrard, Export Manager for the countries outside Europe. The current management will remain active and no personnel change is expected.

In a joint statement to their distributors, the Lapauw family announced “Mr. D’heygere has international expertise and will reinforce the position of the Lapauw Group as a successful worldwide leader of premier laundry equipment.”