Safety and health newsletter for the Oregon construction industry

January 13, 2012

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Recent changes to Oregon OSHA's construction industry rules

In early December 2011, Oregon OSHA made a number of changes to it's workplace safety rules.

Most of these changes came about because of Phase III of federal OSHA's Standard's Improvement Project, an ongoing effort to clean up rules that are "confusing, outdated, duplicative, or inconsistent." Construction rules affected by the changes include: ... Read more ...

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Construction safety conference coming to Bend, Jan. 24

Oregon's construction industry workers and employers are invited to attend the Mid-Oregon Construction Safety Summit at the Riverhouse Resort and Convention Center, Jan. 24, 2012.

The all-day conference, themed "Bridging the Safety Gap,” is designed for residential and commercial construction workers. Continuing education credits are pre-approved for the Construction Contractors Board, Building Codes Division (plumbers and electricians), and Landscape Contractors Board. Conference attendees can choose from among ... Read more ...

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Most frequently violated construction rules for 2011 - fall protection tops the list (again)

Few things are as unchanging on end-of-the-year “top ten” lists as violations of Oregon OSHA’s General fall protection requirements (437-003-1501).

General fall protection has held firmly to the number one spot since the rule became law in 2002. This rule says when workers are exposed to a hazard that could cause them to fall 10 feet or more, they must be protected by guard rails, safety nets, personal fall arrest systems or other system ... Read more ...

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Understanding what's new in Oregon OSHA's lead rules

Effective Dec. 8, 2011, Oregon’s construction employers will see some minor changes to Division 3/D, 1926.62, Lead, that are a result of federal OSHA’s Standards Improvement Project.

Also, a new Oregon OSHA-initiated rule, 437-003-0062, Lead Respiratory Protection Program, goes into effect July 1, 2012. Here’s what you need to know about these changes: ... Read more ...

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New guide: Oregon OSHA's Cranes and derricks in construction

New guide: Oregon OSHA’s Cranes and derricks in construction

Oregon OSHA’s Subdivision CC crane standard for the construction industry has been in effect for almost one year now. It took effect Feb. 9, 2011 when Oregon OSHA adopted most of federal OSHA’s Cranes and Derricks in Construction standard. If you use a crane or derrick for construction work, Subdivision CC’s rules probably apply to you. But understanding how to comply with those rules can be challenging, particularly if you don’t have a safety manager to help you understand them. ... Read more ...


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