Safety and health newsletter for the Oregon construction industry

July 18, 2013


Oregon OSHA's proposed crane operator training rule suspended


Following a federal OSHA proposal to delay qualification and certification requirements for crane operators, Oregon OSHA postponed work on its proposed crane operator safety-training rule.

In December 2012, Oregon OSHA proposed a new rule (Crane operator safety training requirements, 437-002-0231) governing crane operator safety training for small-capacity cranes.

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Hazard communication Q&A: When do I need my safety data sheets?

Safety Data Sheet quick card

Q: I know that my company's employees must be trained on the new 16-section safety data sheet format by Dec. 1, 2013, and that distributors must comply with the 16-section format by June 1, 2015. Will Oregon OSHA cite employers who have requested, but not received, new safety data sheets for their hazardous chemicals by June 1 2015?

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It's still true: You don't have to fall far to get hurt

fall from ladder

By Ellis Brasch

Back in 1991, I wrote a comprehensive report on work-related falls in Oregon titled "Respecting Gravity." The report (based on workers' compensation data from 1985 to 1988) had two objectives: to describe how Oregon workers across all major industries were injured in falls from elevation and to determine how far they fell.

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New confined space guide available

Not designed to be occupied

You may have heard that Oregon OSHA is delaying enforcement of the new provisions in its confined space rule (437-002-0146, Confined Spaces) until Dec. 1, 2013. The most significant effect of the rule, which was adopted last April, is that it applies to general industry and construction industry workplaces.

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