Oregon OSHA Construction Depot

Safety and health newsletter for the Oregon construction industry

February 14, 2013

In this issue:

 

Update on Oregon OSHA's proposed rules

PPE

Crane Operator Safety Training Requirements [437-002-0231]. The proposed rule would give construction employers with mobile crews who use small-capacity mobile cranes the option of following operator training requirements in 437-002-0231 or the requirements in 1926.1427 (Operator qualification and certification). The rule would also require operators who use small-capacity mobile cranes for maintenance, delivery, and other general industry work to comply with 437-002-0231 or 1926.1427 while using the same crane when they cross over from general industry to a construction-related activity.

Three public hearings were held in January.

Note: The comment period for this rule closes Feb. 21, 2013.

 

Underground construction [1926.800], and Cranes and derricks in construction, Scope [1926.1400]. Amends 1926.800 and 1926.1400, keeping these rules aligned with recent changes in federal OSHA's rules. The changes to 1926.800 will bring all cranes and derricks used in construction work under Subdivision CC. The amendments to 1926.1400 will broaden the exemption for digger derricks [1926.1400(c)(4)] to include "any other work subject to Subdivision V of Division 3." Comment period closed Feb. 6, 2013.

 

Personal protective equipment in construction [437-003-0134]. Establishes essentially the same requirements for the construction industry as the personal protective equipment rule for general industry [437-002-0134]; the proposed rule will not require employers to certify that a workplace hazard assessment has been performed, however. Three public hearings were held in January; comment period closed Feb. 6, 2013.

 

Personal protective equipment in general industry [437-002-0134]. Amends 437-002-0134, to include ANSI Z89.1-2009, American National Standard for Industrial Head Protection, as another option of compliance. Comment period closed Feb. 6, 2013.

 

Skylights in general industry [437-002-0023]. Changes the general industry requirements for covering holes in floors, roofs, and other walking/working surfaces, to include skylights and skylight screens. Three public hearings were held in January; comment period closed Feb. 6, 2013.

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