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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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Mac-Gray Corporation’s Lighten The Load™ Initiative

WALTHAM, Mass. — Mac-Gray Corporation, a provider of laundry facilities management services to multi-unit housing locations announced that it received the Carbonfund.org Foundation’s first annual For People and Planet award in the education category. Since Mac-Gray launched its Lighten the Load(TM) initiative in 2008 with Carbonfund.org, they have partnered with 29 academic institutions to offset more than 40 million pounds of carbon.

“This award highlights Mac-Gray’s commitment to environmental sustainability. Our Lighten the Load™ initiative is helping to reduce the carbon footprints of college and university laundry programs, while educating students on the benefits of being ‘green’ in the laundry room,” said Stewart G. MacDonald, Mac-Gray’s chief executive officer.