February 22, 2016
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Don't forget to post a copy of your OSHA 300-A, which summarizes your company's job-related injuries and illnesses logged during 2015. The summary must be displayed each year between Feb. 1 and April 30 in a common area where notices to employees are usually posted. Businesses that never had more than 10 employees during the last calendar year, including temporary employees, and businesses in certain low-hazard industries are exempt from the requirements.
The 17th biennial Cascade Occupational Safety & Health Conference happens March 8-9 at Eugene's Valley River Inn. This year's conference offers two-dozen workshops covering more than a dozen topics, including:
Now in its 13th year, Safety Break for Oregon encourages employers to get creative with activities that will help their employees become safer and healthier – on an off the job.
Oregon OSHA coordinates the one-day event, which happens this year on Wednesday, May 11, to raise awareness and promote the importance of safety and health.
As you might expect, Oregon's top five counties with the most workers also had the most accepted claims for disabling injuries: Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas, Marion, and Lane. Together, those counties accounted for about two-thirds of all accepted claims statewide – across all industries and in the construction industry.
Among those five counties, however, Washington County had the largest proportion of construction-related claims, followed by Clackamas County, Lane County, Multnomah County, and Marion County.
What is the most important thing you should understand before you use an aerial lift? The information in the operator's manual. Many, if not most, work-related injuries involving aerial lifts happen when operators assume they know how to operate a lift, but do not follow the manufacturer's instructions. Regardless of the type of lift you use – a boom-supported lift or a scissor lift – you must follow the lift manufacturer's operating and maintenance instructions. Also, you must be trained by a person who understands the hazards associated with the lift.
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You will find much new information in Oregon OSHA's just revised Portable Ladders – How to use them so they won't let you down. The revision includes more types of portable ladders and tells you what you need to consider when you set them up. Paper copies should be available by early March. Also revised is the fact sheet Recording and posting workplace injuries and illnesses.
Are crawlspaces, attics, drop ceilings, soffit spaces, ventilation chambers, and air shafts also confined spaces? Do you know what makes them permit spaces? Enlighten yourself with the answers to these questions in Oregon OSHA's newest fact sheet Confined spaces – crawlspaces and attics.
Q: We need to work in a trench that has three feet of stable rock on the bottom layer and three feet of Type B soil on the top of that. Should we consider the top three feet of Type B soil as part of a six-foot-deep excavation that needs protection, or can we consider it a three-foot-deep excavation that does not need protection?
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