In early December 2011, Oregon OSHA made a number of changes to its workplace safety rules. Most of these changes came about because of Phase III of federal OSHA’s Standards Improvement Project, an ongoing effort to clean up rules that are “confusing, outdated, duplicative, or inconsistent.” Construction rules affected by the changes in December include:
437-003-0015, Drinking Water – updates the definition of potable water so that it is the same as the definition in the general industry (Division 2/J) and Agriculture (Division 4/J) rules. Also, in Construction rules (1926.51 (f)(3)(iv), Sanitation) the word “warm” was removed from the term “warm air blowers.” This allows employers to use a variety of mechanical hand-drying techniques as technology advances.
Effective July 1, 2012, Oregon OSHA has expanded the respiratory protection program requirements when employees are exposed to lead, asbestos, cadmium, and methylenedianiline. Added to the program requirements are 1910.134(e), Medical Evaluation, and 1910.134(o), Appendices. New rules added are:
OSHA removed a requirement for employers to transfer certain exposure and medical records to NIOSH and clarified a reference to 1910.1020, Employee Access to Exposure and Medical Records in the following rules:
1926.1127, Cadmium – OSHA removed a paragraph requiring employers to certify training records.
OSHA revised the blood lead levels at which employers must take certain actions to protect employees exposed to lead. The revision changes the terms “exceeds” and “above” to “at or above” and “at or below” to “below” in the medical surveillance requirements of 1926.62, Lead.See more in ARTICLE 4, Understanding what’s new in Oregon OSHA’s lead rules