Oregon OSHA Health and Safety

RESOURCE

August 2015

News Briefs

 

Portland-area OSHA office moves to Tigard location

The Oregon OSHA Portland area office has relocated to a new location in Tigard:

Durham Plaza
16760 SW Upper Boones Ferry Road, Suite 200
Tigard, Oregon 97224

Workplace safety and health materials, such as guides and posters, will still be available to employers at the new location or they can visit www.orosha.org to get materials online. ◼︎

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Oregon OSHA convenes stakeholder group to review fall protection standard

Following a determination by federal OSHA that Oregon OSHA's fall protection standard and use of slide guards is not "at least as effective as the federal standard," Oregon OSHA will be working with a stakeholder group to address pending policy changes. The first in a series of meetings is planned for 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, at the Associated General Contractors boardroom in Wilsonville. The discussion will cover the implementation, challenges, and fiscal impact of a revised fall protection standard.

Federal OSHA identified several state plans, including Oregon, as having a fall protection rule that did not meet its requirement. Currently, Oregon OSHA's fall protection rule in the construction standard has a trigger height at 10 feet, while the federal standard is at six feet. Additionally, Oregon has a unique provision that recognizes slide guards as a fall protection system.

Many commercial construction employers have already implemented a six-foot trigger height for fall protection and do not use slide guards as a fall protection system. However, residential construction employers may see more of a significant impact.

For more information on attending stakeholder meetings on the topic, please contact Oregon OSHA's Jeff Wilson at jeffrey.r.wilson@oregon.gov or 503-947-7421 or Tom Bozicevic at tom.bozicevic@oregon.gov or 503-947-7431. ◼︎

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Workplace safety training grants available

Oregon OSHA is accepting applications for the development of innovative workplace safety and health training programs. Unique projects such as mobile apps, videos, or online educational games to engage workers are encouraged.

The training grants will focus on programs that target a high-hazard Oregon industry (construction, agriculture, young workers, etc.) or a specific work process to reduce or eliminate hazards. Any labor consortium, employer consortium, association, educational institution affiliated with a labor group, or other nonprofit organization may apply. Applicants may apply for up to $40,000 per grant project without a requirement for any matching dollars or in-kind contributions. Grant applications are due Oct. 9, 2015. ◼︎

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Southern Oregon company joins SHARP

Oregon OSHA welcomes Roseburg's Forest Products Dillard Lumber plant to the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP). SHARP provides Oregon employers with coaching and direction to learn to more effectively manage workplace safety and health and, in turn, be recognized for their achievement. The company held an award ceremony at its plant in July.

Click here to learn more about how to get involved with SHARP◼︎

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Public hearings scheduled for changes to electric power generation transmission and distribution standard for general industry and construction

Oregon OSHA is seeking public comment on a new proposal to replace the federal general industry and construction rules on electric power generation transmission and distribution with Oregon-initiated rules that cover both industries.

After receiving many written comments and testimony at three public hearings in November and December 2014, Oregon OSHA did not adopt the previous rule as proposed. Instead, opting to take an alternate approach by merging the Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution standards in Subdivisions 2/R and 3/V into a new Division 2/RR.

Public hearings on the combined rule change are scheduled for:

Thursday, Aug. 27, 10 a.m.
Durham Plaza
16760 SW Upper Boones Ferry Road, Suite 200
Tigard

Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, 10 a.m.
City of Medford
Lausmann Annex
200 S Ivy
Medford

Tuesday, Sept. 8, 1:30 p.m.
Oregon OSHA
Red Oaks Square
1230 NE Third St., Suite A-115
Bend

Click here to review the rule changes◼︎

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