Safety and health newsletter for the Oregon construction industry

January 21, 2015


Flexible cords facts

flexible cord marking

What are they?

Requirements for temporary wiring

Requirements for covers

Permitted uses

Portable lamps and lights

Where can I find the requirement?

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How to "ring test" a grinding wheel

ring test

Grinding wheels must be inspected and "ring-tested" before they are mounted to ensure that they are free from cracks or other defects. Wheels should be tapped gently with a light, nonmetallic instrument. A stable and undamaged wheel will give a clear metallic tone or "ring."

Performing the ring test

Where can I find the requirement?

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No changes to Oregon OSHA's recordkeeping and reporting requirements, yet

Oregon OSHA Fact Sheet

You might have heard that federal OSHA expanded the requirements in its recordkeeping rule (29 CFR 1904) and that those requirements went into effect Jan. 1, 2015. However, the requirements apply only to employers located in states under federal OSHA’s jurisdiction. In Oregon, most employers fall under Oregon OSHA's jurisdiction.

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Proposed changes to Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution standards delayed

Oregon OSHA is delaying adoption of its proposed changes to the Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution Standards in General Industry and Construction. The proposal was in response to federal OSHA's adoption of revised Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution standards in general industry [29 CFR part 1910.269] and construction [29 CFR part 1926 subpart V] in April 2014.

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Oregon GOSH Conference coming to Portland

GOSH Conference logo

The Oregon Governor's 34th biennial Occupational Safety and Health (GOSH) Conference returns in March to the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. The event, which runs March 9-12, is the largest conference of its kind in the Northwest and features speakers from across the country.

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12th Annual Safety Break for Oregon

Safety Break for Oregon logo

Employers across Oregon are invited to promote workplace safety and health with training, award recognition events, or other creative activities during Safety Break for Oregon on Wednesday, May 13, 2015.

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