September 17, 2013
The Oregon Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation program (OR-FACE) has recently published a series of interactive maps that show the location of more than 600 occupational fatalities in Oregon. Fatalities from 2003 to 2010 can be filtered by year and are coded by event, occupation, and industry. Current cases (2011 to present) can be filtered by event and year.
In Oregon, construction industry employers receive more citations for violations of lead, asbestos, hazard communication, and respiratory protection standards than other health standards. Typically, one or two paragraphs in each standard account for many, if not most, of the violations.
Federal OSHA officially published its long-awaited Notice of Propose Rulemaking on silica in the Sept. 12 issue of the Federal Register. The notice now gives the public 90 days to submit written comments (the comment period ends Dec 11, 2013), followed by public hearings. The first informal public hearing on the rule is scheduled for March 4 in Washington, D.C.
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