Safety and health newsletter for the Oregon construction industry

April 16, 2012

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Since when do landscapers need to worry about falling?

Let's say you own a landscaping business, you're familiar with green roof technology, and you're thinking of taking it and your employees – literally – to the roof.

Have you also thought about a key safety issue facing your employees when they've reached the top? ... Read more ...

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Scaffold safety: Mast climbing work platforms

Mast climbing work platforms are becoming increasingly common on construction sites.

Contractors began substituting mast climbers for conventional framed scaffolds in the 1990s for a number of reasons: they were quick to erect and dismantle, they had a very large load capacity, they could position workers precisely at the right height, and they had capability to reach much higher than traditional scaffolds. ... Read more ...

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Reporting overnight hospitalizations and fatalities

If you're an employer, don't forget

that you must call Oregon OSHA to report any work-related incidents that cause overnight hospitalizations or fatalities — including heart attacks and motor vehicle accidents.

When do you need to call? Here's what you need to know:

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Celebrate Safety Break for Oregon on May 9

Safety Break – the one-day event designed to raise awareness and promote workplace safety – is coming up next month.

This year's Safety Break, set for May 9, encourages employees and management to work together to make their workplaces safer. Your Safety Break can be as short as a 15-minute discussion about hazards where you work. ... Read more ...

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Rulemaking updates

Confined Spaces

Oregon OSHA proposes to adopt new rule, 437-002-0146, Confined Spaces, which replaces 1910.146, Permit-Required Confined Spaces, in Division 2/J General Environmental Controls. This expands the scope of the new rule to include the construction industry.

Hazard communication

By now, many of you may know that federal OSHA released its final hazard communication standard, which includes the globally harmonized system of classification and labeling of chemicals (GHS). Although the effective date of the new standard is May 25, 2012, it will be a while before employers in Oregon are directly affected by the requirements.

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Is there lead where your employees will be working?

Do you know what the most violated Oregon OSHA construction-industry health rule was in 2011?

That was paragraph 1926.62(d) of the lead standard, which requires an exposure assessment if lead is present where employees will be working. There were 28 violations of 1926.62(d), 26 of which were serious; total initial penalties for the 28 violations were $4,900. The requirement says that if lead is present where your employees will be working, you'll need to determine whether they'll be exposed above the action level. How do you know whether lead is present and how do you know if you employees could be overexposed? Here are answers to these frequently asked questions. ... Read more ...


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