Back in 2007, federal OSHA proposed a new rule to protect construction workers from hazards in confined spaces and, because of that proposal, Oregon OSHA initiated rulemaking for its own construction-related confined space rule in 2008.
In September 2011, Oregon OSHA proposed a rewrite of its existing Permit-Required Confined Spaces rule and expanded the scope to include the construction industry.
While completing a side-by-side comparison of the proposed rule with OSHA’s confined space rule, Oregon OSHA staffers found that it wasn’t quite ready for its debut.
So, Oregon OSHA reconvened its Confined Space Advisory Committee to look at the rule again. If all goes well, Oregon OSHA will again propose the rule (still applicable to construction) and open another comment period by mid-March 2012.