February 20, 2015
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This is the second in a series of short articles on general contractor and subcontractor relationships at multi-employer construction worksites. The first article, "Who is responsible for safety at a multi-employer construction site?" appeared in the October 2014 Construction Depot.
When an Oregon OSHA compliance officer finds employees exposed to a hazard at a multi-employer worksite, the compliance officer will try to determine which employers are responsible for the hazard. The key questions for the compliance officer are:
"Which employers have knowledge of the hazard"
"Which employers have the right to exercise direct control over the exposed employees work practices."
If you are required to prepare OSHA 300 and 300A forms, remember that you must post the 300A form between Feb. 1 and April 30, 2015, in an area where your employees can see it.
Do Oregon OSHA's steel erection rules (Division 3, Subdivision R) apply to the limited use of structural steel such as a load supporting I-beam within a house built using traditional wood-frame construction and methods?
In November 2014, Oregon OSHA proposed changes to its electric power generation, transmission, and distribution standards in general industry and construction after federal OSHA adopted its final rules for the standards (published in the April 11, 2014 Federal Register).
However, Oregon OSHA has decided to develop a new proposal rather than adopt the changes proposed in November 2014.
Oregon OSHA is proposing changes to its recordkeeping and reporting rule (437-001-0700, Division 1). The proposed changes include recent changes that federal OSHA made to its recordkeeping rule (29 CFR 1904) and other changes specific to Oregon employers.
Preregistration is still open for the Oregon Governor's Occupational Safety and Health (GOSH) Conference (March 9-12, 2015) at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. With more than 160 workshops and sessions, it is the largest event of its kind in the Northwest.
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