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August 2013

Stepping Up

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Making ladder safety a priority rung-by-rung

Oregon OSHA Safety Enforcement Manager Gary Beck said ladder accidents are often the result of a ladder being used improperly.

Despite the fact that ladders are a basic tool for many trades, employees may not be trained on ladder safety to avoid an injury. Educating workers on the three-point system is a good place to start, said Beck. Read article

Administrator's Message

If there is room for carelessness, if there is room for human error, the simple truth is that it will occur. Read article

Falling off of a ladder - then and now

Every year, more Oregon workers are injured in falls from ladders than from any other elevated surface – including roofs, scaffolds, balconies, and even stairs. They fall from ladders for one (or more) of the following reasons: Read article

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Safety Notes

Incident | Exposure to hot cooking oil
Business | Restaurant
Employee | Line cook

A line cook was cleaning the inside of a hood over a 360-degree deep-fat fryer in the restaurant's prepping and hot cooking area, a task that he did every evening before the restaurant closed. The restaurant had provided him with a five-foot-long, cloth-covered deck brush for cleaning under the hood but he needed to climb on the counter to do the job. Read article

News Briefs

Oregon OSHA investigates methylene chloride exposures, issues hazard alert

Rising temperatures increase risks for workers

Work suspended on a small-capacity crane operator training rule

Training videos now available online

Congratulations to the new SHARP company: Suterra LLC, Bend

Going the Distance

Tony Barsotti from TCM

Tony Barsotti from TCM

Company: TCM
Safety manager: Tony Basotti
Workforce: 250
Common Hazards: Working at heights/falls from ladders, aerial lifts, walking surfaces; sharp edges/cuts, lacerations; material handling/musculoskeletal injuries

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I know that my company's employees must be trained on the new 16-section safety data sheet format by Dec. 1, 2013, and that distributors must comply with the 16-section format by June 1, 2015. Will Oregon OSHA cite employers who have requested, but not received, new safety data sheets for their hazardous chemicals by June 1, 2015?

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