July 18, 2013
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.
Delaying enforcement of the of the rule's new provisions will give you plenty of time to learn about them in Oregon OSHA's completely revised confined space publication, Not designed to be occupied. The 36-page guide explains the rule's key requirements and highlights its new provisions, which include
You will find the guide under "Guidebooks" on the Publications page of Oregon OSHA's website. Printed copies of the guide are not currently available.
Also new is a customizable permit-space program for your workplace. You will find this 16-page Microsoft Word document and other fillable confined space under "Confined spaces" on Oregon OSHA's Forms page.
Reprinting, excerpting, or plagiarizing any part of this publication is fine with us!
But remember: the information in this newsletter is intended to highlight safe work practices, but it does not replace Oregon OSHA workplace safety and health rules.
For information about Oregon OSHA services and answers to technical questions, call (503) 378-3272 or toll-free within Oregon, (800) 922-2689.