Oregon OSHA Construction Depot

Safety and health newsletter for the Oregon construction industry

October 21, 2013

In this issue:

 

New website helps architects and engineers assess safety risks

SliDeRulE

Are you an architect or an engineer who needs to assess the safety risk associated with a building design? Well, now there’s a new website that can help you.

The website, called SliDeRulE (Safety in Design Risk Evaluator), is intended to be used during a building’s design phase and was developed at Oregon State University with funding in part from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

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Health hazards in construction – part 3

Sample written hazard communication plan

Construction industry employers in Oregon receive more citations for violations of lead, asbestos, hazardcommunication, and respiratory protection standards than other health standards.

In part 3 of this series, the Construction Depot explains the requirements of the written hazard communication plan [1910.1200(e), Hazard Communication], which are often overlooked by contractors. Does your workplace need a written hazard communication plan? If your employees use or may be exposed to hazardous chemicals, you need to prepare one. Here’s how to do it:

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Feeling comfortable without fall protection? Think again.

Fall protection publication

Earlier this month, Oregon OSHA fined a construction company $70,000 for not protecting its employees from falls. The fine, based on a willful violation, resulted from an inspection at a Portland apartment complex last February. The company appealed the citation but agreed to it after an informal conference with Oregon OSHA.

During the inspection, an Oregon OSHA inspector saw two employees working on a second-story roof standing on trusses. Neither employee was wearing fall protection. The owner, who was at the site, said his employees were comfortable working without fall protection even though it was available in the company trailer.

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Hazard communication: deadline approaching for training employees about labels, safety data sheets

Hazard pictograms

Dec. 1, 2013, is the deadline for training your employees about the information on the new “globally harmonized” labels they will see on containers of hazardous chemicals and the new 16-section format on safety data sheets.

If you have not trained your employees yet, here is what they need to know about labels and safety data sheets by Dec. 1:

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But remember: the information in this newsletter is intended to highlight safe work practices, but it does not replace Oregon OSHA workplace safety and health rules.

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