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Construction Depot

Safety and health newsletter for the Oregon construction industry

August 12, 2016

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Hearings scheduled for proposed silica rules

silica crystal

As many of you know, federal OSHA adopted its final rules for crystalline silica for general industry, construction, and maritime on March 25, 2016. Oregon OSHA is proposing to combine the requirements of the general industry and construction rules into one set of rules – 437-002-1053 through 437-002-1065 – that applies to both industries. Oregon OSHA is also proposing to update its air contaminants rules – 437-002-0382 for general industry and 437-003-1000 for construction – to reflect changes in the new silica rules.

You will find Oregon OSHA's proposed changes to rules for occupational exposure to respirable silica here.

You can fax or email written comments on the proposed rules to Oregon OSHA. The comment period ends Friday, Sept. 16, 2016. You will find more information here.

Public hearings for the proposed rules are scheduled for August and September in Tigard, Bend, Eugene, and Medford.

Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016 10 a.m. – Oregon OSHA Tigard office
Durham Plaza, 16760 SW Upper Boones Ferry Road, Suite 200
Tigard, OR 97224

Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016 11 a.m. – Oregon OSHA Bend office
Red Oaks Square, 1230 NE Third St., Suite A-115
Bend, OR 97701

Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016 10 a.m. – Oregon OSHA Eugene office
1140 Willagillespie Road, Suite 42
Eugene, OR 97401

Friday, Sept. 9, 2016 10 a.m. – City of Medford
Lausmann Annex, Room 151, 200 S Ivy
Medford, OR 97501

 

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