December 2014

Below the PEL

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Portland company exceeds requirements for chemical exposures

They are often referred to as silent killers – the chemical exposures that, over time, can make workers ill or even result in death. It can be rare to find a company taking an active approach to OSHA's Permissible Exposure Limits (PELs); however, the Owens Corning Roofing and Asphalt plant in Portland is an example of a company doing just that.  
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PELs demystified

If you are an industrial hygienist, you are familiar with the term, permissible exposure limit – more commonly known by its acronym, PEL. But if you do not know what a PEL is, you are not alone. Many, if not most, employers and employees have no idea what a PEL is, let alone how to manage chemical exposures.
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Administrator's Message

Michael Wood

Positive signs in safety recognition programs

I was struck this year by the apparent change in perspectives on employee recognition over the past decade.
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Safety Notes

Accident Report

  • Incident | Worker falls from aerial lift bucket
  • Business | Electrical construction
  • Employee | Electrician

Two journeyman electricians were relocating power poles to service job trailers at a landfill. They were using an older digger derrick truck that had a boom and an auger for drilling holes.
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Ask Technical


Is there a safety rule against having a radio playing on a jobsite if it is played at reasonable levels?

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Going the Distance

Meet a leading Oregon health and safety professional

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SAIF Corporation's Industrial Hygiene Supervisor, David Johnson

Johnson manages and coordinates industrial hygiene services for SAIF Corporation's approximately 49,000 policyholders
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News Briefs

Oregon OSHA updates confined space rule »

Oregon OSHA to tackle recordkeeping rule changes »

Oregon OSHA offers tips for working safely in winter weather »

Workers' compensation rates for Oregon businesses among the lowest in nation »

Calculate fall distance with new online application »

"Speak up. Work safe." video contest opens to Oregon students »

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