Oregon OSHA Construction Depot Safety and health newsletter for the Oregon construction industry

March 20, 2017

Sanitary facilities at construction projects: Who pays?

Some construction site owners and contractors might be familiar with section 654.150 of the Oregon Safe Employment Act, which requires toilets, warm water, and soap at projects estimated to cost $1 million or more. (Highway construction or maintenance projects, electricity, water, sewer, and gas transmission construction or maintenance projects are not covered by the requirement.)

But how many site owners and contractors understand ORS 654.160, which requires the construction project contract to state whether ORS 654.150 applies – and who pays for the toilets, warm water, and soap?

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What you might not know about floors

Most people know what a floor is. However, just to put everyone on the same level, we offer this dictionary definition: A floor is "that part of a room which forms its lower enclosing surface and upon which one may walk." Most people also know that the most common hazards associated with floors are slips, trips, and falls, but that knowledge does not keep them from slipping, tripping, or falling. Remember Ben Franklin's advice: "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." Keep your floors clean, dry (if possible), and free from protruding nails, splinters, holes, or loose boards.

Also, be sure to follow Oregon OSHA's other requirements for floors. Here is a comprehensive list ...

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Construction Q&A:

How does Oregon OSHA's electrical safety-related work practices rule [1926.416] apply to photovoltaics construction projects?


Oregon OSHA's electrical safety-related work practices rule [1926.416] says that an employee must not work near any part of an electric power circuit unless the circuit is de-energized and grounded or guarded effectively by insulation or other means. How does this rule apply to photovoltaics construction projects, where the modules and connections are energized whenever they are exposed to light?

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