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Construction Depot

Safety and health newsletter for the Oregon construction industry

March 16, 2015

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Oregon OSHA adopts changes to construction-industry fall protection rules

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Oregon OSHA is lowering the construction industry’s current 10-foot general fall protection trigger height to six feet and prohibiting the use of slide guards as a sole or primary fall protection system.

In October 2015, federal OSHA formally notified Oregon OSHA that the 10-foot fall protection requirement and the option to use slide guards as a primary fall-protection system were not as effective as federal OSHA’s requirements.

Oregon OSHA formed an advisory group of stakeholders in commercial and residential construction and asked for input in drafting changes to the existing rules over a series of meetings during the summer of 2015.

Following those meetings, Oregon OSHA explained the changes to the public at five hearings held throughout the state in January.

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Avoiding carbon monoxide at home and at work

Carbon monoxide alarm

Now that you have set your clocks forward one hour, you should check the batteries in your carbon monoxide alarms at home and make sure they are up to code. Why is that a good idea?

Carbon monoxide (CO) robs your blood of oxygen when it enters your lungs. That means less oxygen for your heart, brain, and other vital organs. Headache, fatigue, dizziness, and drowsiness are warning signs. Large amounts of carbon monoxide can overcome you without warning, causing you to lose consciousness and suffocate.

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Sprung forward - feeling OK?

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How are you feeling after you moved all your physical clocks ahead one hour on March 13?

Now you have more daylight for early evening activities, but your body may not have adjusted to the change - that can take up to one week. Until then, you may have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or waking up at the right time.

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Save the date: Blue Mountain Safety & Health Conference, June 2016

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The 10th annual Blue Mountain Safety & Health Conference will be held June 6 and 7 at the Pendleton Convention Center.

This year, the two-day event focuses on helping employers strengthen their safety culture.

Featured topics include:

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