September 20, 2016
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A chemical supplier told me that suppliers and manufacturers are not required to use pictograms to identify hazards in Section 2 of their products' Safety Data Sheets. He also said that pictograms are not required on safety data sheets or on labels for chemicals that are consumer products. Is he correct?
Does Oregon OSHA limit the number of people that can work from a boom-supported work platform if the lift's maximum weight limit is not exceeded?
If you work in an excavation that is at least five feet deep, you must be protected from a cave-in. Additionally, when a competent person determines that there's a potential for an excavation to cave in, you must be protected, regardless of its depth. A designated competent person who has training in soil analysis, protective systems, and Oregon OSHA's Division 3, Subdivision P, Excavation rules must be on site to classify the soil, select a protective system, oversee installation, and inspect the system after installation.
By Layla Mansfield, Project Manager, Safety & Health Improvement Program
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recommends a Total Worker Health approach for integrating prevention of worker injury and illness with promotion of health and well being. As part of this effort, NIOSH has funded six Centers of Excellence to research the concepts of Total Worker Health – one of which is the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center (OHWC).
Methylene chloride – a colorless liquid with a sweet odor – is often used as paint and varnish remover, a solvent, and a degreaser. But it is hazardous, and can be deadly when used without proper ventilation.
Toxic Paint Removers: Safer Alternatives, a video produced earlier this year by the California Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) program, describes safer alternatives that are available to remove paint and other coatings and explains the events that led to a near-fatality involving a painter who was overcome by methylene chloride vapors.
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