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DTSEM Update. Cathy Goedert, Deputy Director Directorate of Technical Support and Emergency Management (DTSEM) March 12, 2009 ASSE/AIHA. Salt Lake Technical Center. Cincinnati Technical Center. National Office Wash, D.C. DTSEM across the Nation. Occupational Health Nursing

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DTSEM Update

Cathy Goedert, Deputy Director

Directorate of Technical Support and Emergency Management (DTSEM) March 12, 2009



Salt Lake Technical Center

Cincinnati Technical Center

National Office

Wash, D.C.

DTSEM across the Nation

  • Occupational Health Nursing
  • Occupational Medicine
  • Science and Technology Assessment
  • Technical Programs and Coordination


  • Technical Data Center
  • Emergency Management

Big Changes

  • New Name – Directorate of Technical

Support and Emergency Management

  • New Director – Thomas Galassi
  • New Office Directors:
    • Tamara Bradford Technical Data Center
  • John Ferris

Emergency Management

  • Rosemary Sokas
  • Occupational Medicine
emergency management coordination planning
Coordination with Emergency Management community

Operational Procedures defining roles of FEMA and OSHA in responses

National Exercises

Strategic Planning for Federal Response

Emergency Management:Coordination & Planning

“If OSHA is not involved, worker safety and health issues are overlooked or inadequately addressed.”

technical assistance during disasters
Technical Assistance During Disasters
  • Midwest Flooding.
  • Hurricanes Hanna, Gustav, & Ike.
  • Nominating Conventions & Inauguration.
specialized response teams
Specialized Response Teams
  • Biological
  • Chemical
safety health information bulletins
Safety & Health Information Bulletins
  • Flammable Liquids in Cutting Laminated Glass.
  • Compactor Rollover Hazard
  • Transporting, Unloading, Storing &

Handling Stone Slabs

  • Auger Drilling
  • Wood Chippers
  • Flammability Hazard:

Oilfield Exploration and

Production (E&P) Waste Liquids.

osha e products web based resources
OSHA E-Products WEB-based Resources
  • Safety and Health Information on over 170 selected topics
    • Hospital e-tool
      • Newly Revised Sections: Bloodborne Pathogens and the Surgical Suite
      • New Modules: Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Sonography
    • Powered Industrial Trucks (Forklift) eTool
  • Exploring new technologies – forums, blogs, wiki-pages
young workers initiative
Young Workers Initiative
  • ’09 Teen Summer Job Safety Campaign

Face Book?

  • Volunteer issues

Training Future Leaders

Nurse Intern Program

Occupational Medicine



IH Chemistry

Our AIHA (ISO17025) accredited laboratory analyzes over 400 chemicals.

analytical investigative services
Analytical Investigative Services

Sampling and Analytical Methods Development

Combustible Dust testing

Material Failure Testing and Investigations

Mass Spec Analysis - unknowns

Blood Carboxyhemoglobin to Environmental Carbon Monoxide Concentration Back Calculations

Soil Testing


Enforcement Support

Health Response Team, Occupational Medicine & Nursing provide assistance to field personnel on unusual or complex cases.

  • Chemical hazards
  • Biological hazards
  • Physical energy
  • Ergonomics
  • Medicine
  • Recordkeeping
  • Microbiology
  • Toxicology
technical data center
Technical Data Center
  • Docket Office
    • Public Reading Room
  • Technical Information

Resource Center

    • Extensive collection of

safety and industrial hygiene


    • Open to the public
full service library
Full Service Library

Journals, Books and Historical Documents


Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratories (NRTL) Program

  • NRTLs test and approve products to assure they are safe to use in U.S. workplaces.
  • 2008 American Council of Independent Laboratories (ACIL) Alliance
  • Three alliance products of interest. 
    • Registered Certification Marks of NRTLs – pocket card
    • "Identifying Counterfeit Items – Quick Tips"
    • "The Threat of Counterfeit Product Approval Marks Warrants Aggressive Detection and Enforcement Action"
two former nrtls
Two Former NRTLs
  • Applied Research Laboratories (ARL) - Terminated in January 2008
  • Electrical Reliability Services, Inc. (ERS) (formerly, Electro-Test, Inc. (ETI)) - Terminated in June 2008
supplier s declaration of conformity sdoc
Supplier’s Declaration of Conformity (SDoC)
  • October 2008 --- RFI in response to a proposal from European Commission (EC) to adopt SDoC for electrical products
  • The driver--- April 2007 trade-related agreement between the U.S. and European Union
  • SDoC involves a manufacturer certifying its own products with post-market surveillance
  • NRTL approvals are “pre-market” system

Variances from OSHA Standards

  • Allows for flexibility from specific requirements of an OSHA standard where levels of employee protection are maintained

Alternative must provide employees safety and health protection equivalent to the standard

  • On average OSHA processes approximately 12 variance applications a year
  • Currently OSHA has 20 active or granted variances

Variance Program:

Four Variance Types

  • Permanent Variance: alternative procedures that are as safe as those required by the standard.
  • Temporary Variance: allows employer additional time to achieve compliance with new standards.
  • National Defense Variance: reasonable variations and tolerances to and from the OSHA requirements “to avoid serious impairment of the National Defense.”
  • Experimental variance: allows employer to try new techniques which they believe will improve health or safety of workers.
thank you

Thank you

Cathy Goedert, Deputy Director

Directorate of Technical Support and Emergency Management (DTSEM)