Around the region – March 2 | Journal-news

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for the People’s Ornithology 101 courseKEARNEYSVILLE — The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is now recruiting participants for its 2022 Birding 101 course for beginner birders, to be held in April and May.

This will be the 37th year that PVAS has offered this course, which continues to be very popular.

Registration will be limited to 24. Interested persons are encouraged to register early as places can fill up quickly. The course is open to people of all ages, but children under 15 must be accompanied throughout by an adult.

The course will be taught by four leading local bird specialists: Wil Hershberger, Lynne Wiseman, Nancy Kirschbaum and Carol Winckler.

Birding 101 uses both evening classroom sessions and daytime field trips to teach everything from bird identification to field etiquette. The focus will be on the bird species that are found in the area.

Evening classroom sessions will take place on four consecutive Thursday evenings (April 7, 14, 22 and 28). All of these sessions will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Hospice of the Panhandle’s Education Center in Kearneysville.

Field trips will take place at various locations around the Panhandle from approximately 7 a.m. to noon on the corresponding Saturdays following the Thursday evening sessions (April 9, 16, 23, and 30).

Tuition for the full program of four classroom sessions and four field trips (a total of 28 hours of instruction) is $90 for PVAS members and $100 for the general public.

This course is part of Potomac Valley Audubon’s “Natural History Workshop” series, which is for people who want to learn more about specific natural history topics.

Registration is mandatory. To register: https://www.potomacaudubon.org/event/natural-history-workshop-birding-101-3/. For more information, contact Krista Hawley at 681-252-1387 or [email protected]

Inspection cites Martinsburg brick manufacturer

MARTINSBURG — The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Continental Brick Co. after an investigation found the employer exposed workers to respirable crystalline silica at the plant of the company’s brick manufacturing in Martinsburg.

On August 16, 2021, OSHA launched an inspection in response to reports that Continental Brick Co. failed to provide personal protective equipment to workers when working around silica-containing materials. The agency determined that the company failed to provide and require employees to wear respirators when working in areas where there was overexposure to respirable crystalline silica.

OSHA also found that the brick maker failed to implement adequate engineering and work practice controls, conduct planned monitoring, establish regulated decontamination areas, or provide a medical surveillance program. for exposed employees at or above the action level.

OSHA cited the company for two willful violations and six serious safety and health violations and offered $131,972 in penalties.

“Workers exposed to silica dust can lose their ability to work and breathe,” said Prentice Cline, OSHA Charleston Regional Director. “The Continental Brick Company must implement engineering controls and work practices and require proper respiratory protection to ensure workers are fully protected from this deadly hazard.”

The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with the regional OSHA manager, or challenge the findings before the Independent Safety and Security Review Board. occupational health.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1970, employers are required to provide safe and healthy workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for American workers by setting and enforcing standards and providing training, education and assistance.

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