August 12, 2016
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In 2015, Oregon OSHA compliance officers investigated 13 cases in which a worker needed to be hospitalized at least one night for a ladder-related accident. From January through July this year, there were four cases in which workers shared a similar fate.
As many of you know, federal OSHA adopted its final rules for crystalline silica for general industry, construction, and maritime on March 25, 2016. Oregon OSHA is proposing to combine the requirements of the general industry and construction rules into one set of rules – 437-002-1053 through 437-002-1065 – that applies to both industries. Oregon OSHA is also proposing to update its air contaminants rules – 437-002-0382 for general industry and 437-003-1000 for construction – to reflect changes in the new silica rules.
Oregon OSHA is proposing to remove ANSI consensus standards Z87.1-1989 and Z87.1-1968 from Oregon OSHA's general industry, maritime, and construction rules for personal protective equipment and replace them with newer ANSI/ISEA Z87.1-2010, ANSI Z87.1-2003, and ANSI Z87.1-1989 (R-1998) standards.
If you are looking for NIOSH-related information on engineering controls, you might want to check out the new NIOSH Engineering Controls Database. Although the database is new, much of the information – in the form of reports, publications, and journal articles – has been around for a while. But, now it's easier to find.
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