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

June 2017

Construction Q&A: How should I post safety committee minutes?


Does the electronic posting of safety committee minutes on a company's intranet site – instead of posting a paper copy on a bulletin board – satisfy Oregon OSHA's requirements for making safety committee minutes available to all employees?

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Heads up: Summer's coming

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Summer officially begins on Tuesday, June 20, at 9:24 p.m. (Pacific Daylight Time), which means the weather could be getting warmer. The official three-month outlook from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Prediction Center says the chances of above normal temperatures are "slightly enhanced" for much of the Pacific Northwest, but "moderated by recent positive snow and soil moisture anomalies." On the other hand, meteorologists at the Oregon Department of Agriculture are predicting below average temperatures and an unlikely threat of major heat waves or prolonged periods of hot weather.

Regardless of how this summer's weather plays out, be prepared for summer's common outdoor hazards. Here are five tips to help keep summertime safer.

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Oregon OSHA consultant George Vorhauer wins 2017 Blue Star Award

The Blue Star award recognizes Oregon individuals for their outstanding dedication to and impact on workplace safety and health in Oregon.

The annual award is presented at the SHARP Alliance's Blue Mountain Safety and Health Conference in June.

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George Vorhauer receiving the 2017 Blue Star award

OSHA has designated June 12-18 as Safe + Sound Week – a nationwide event to raise awareness and understanding of the value of safety and health programs – and there's still time to participate. To get started, just organize one or more activities at your workplace that emphasize the importance of your safety and health program.

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Celebrate Safe + Sound Week, June 12-18

Manual material handling: Reduce the strain to ease the pain

Overexertion was the top cause of disabling injuries for construction workers in 2016, accounting for more that one-third of accepted workers compensation claims in residential construction, heavy construction, and the specialty trades. Unlike the sudden trauma of falling on an unforgiving surface or being struck by equipment, most overexertion injuries are caused by handling materials improperly, such as lifting, carrying, or holding unbalanced materials in a way that puts undue stress on soft tissues.

Manual material handling includes all of the tasks that you do to lift, lower, push, pull, hold, or carry materials; that's why overexertion injuries are common in all types of construction – residential construction, heavy construction, and the specialty trades.

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