December 15, 2014
Workplace safety and health specialists will tell you that engineering controls are the best way to control noise. When you replace a noisy machine with a quiet one, modify the machine to make it quieter, or change the sound path so that the sound is not as intense when it reaches the listener, you are using an engineering control.
See how distance affects the sound levels of a variety of workplace sounds with this interactive infographic from Oregon OSHA.
Oregon OSHA recently adopted a new rule, 437-002-2253, covering oxygen-fuel gas welding and cutting. The new rule applies to employers who do general industry and construction work. Previously, there were separate rules for general industry employers and construction employers.
Key requirements in 437-002-2253:
Oregon OSHA's construction industry requirements for powder-actuated tools - 1926.302(e), Powder-actuated tools - are essentially the same as the requirements set by federal OSHA. You will find the single exception in 1926.302(e)(12), which Oregon OSHA replaced with 437-003-0925, Powder-Actuated Tools in 1990.
You can't put them under a tree or gift-wrap them, but Oregon OSHA apps may be just the thing to put someone on the path to a safer new year. Here are some suggestions:
Mobile apps ~ Desktop apps ~ Podcasts
The 14th annual Mid-Oregon Construction Safety Summit is set for Jan. 26-27 at the Riverhouse Hotel and Convention Center in Bend.
This year's summit will include a four-hour workshop on pesticide safety for agriculture employers and others who handle pesticides.
Oregon OSHA is posting a new hazard photo from inspections each day as part of the "12 Days of Hazards" series on Facebook. Learn from some of the issues inspectors see in real workplaces by clicking over to the Oregon OSHA Facebook page: www.facebook.com/OregonOSHA
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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.