December 15, 2014
Oregon OSHA's construction industry requirements for powder-actuated tools - 1926.302(e), Powder-actuated tools - are essentially the same as the requirements set by federal OSHA. You will find the single exception in 1926.302(e)(12), which Oregon OSHA replaced with 437-003-0925, Powder-Actuated Tools in 1990. The reason was to change a reference to 1970 ANSI A10.3 in the federal OSHA rule (which is still in effect) to ANSI A10.3-1985, Safety Requirements for Powder-Actuated Fastening Systems.
The Oregon rule - 437-003-0925 - says "powder-actuated tools used by employees shall meet all other applicable requirements of American National Standards Institute, ANSI A10.3-1985, Safety Requirements for Powder-Actuated Fastening Systems." What are those "other applicable requirements"? What is important to know is that the Oregon rule applies to the "tool" and not the employee who uses it. Therefore, Oregon OSHA enforces only those parts of ANSI A10.3-1985 that apply to the design of powder-actuated tools. The parts of ANSI A10.3-1985 that apply to employees and employee training are not enforced by Oregon OSHA - though they are certainly worth considering as best practices.
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