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Agriculture Employer Advisory Committee

Committee information

The purpose of the Small Agricultural Employer Advisory Committee (SAEAC) is to strengthen the partnership of Oregon OSHA and the private sector. The group's mission is to address issues affecting the agriculture industry. Members of the group include representatives of labor, employers, grower organizations, and government and related non-profit agencies.

The committee recently completed their review of thirteen draft rules in five subdivisions related to the adoption of the "globally harmonized" Hazard Communication Standard. Text of the proposed rules are available on the Oregon OSHA web site at: www.orosha.org -- go to Rules, then Proposed Rules. Or call the Oregon OSHA Resource Center at 503-947-7453.

The comment period closes on June 30, 2014. Adoption of the modified rules is tentatively scheduled for July 2014.

Oregon OSHA contact:
Kathleen Kincade
503-947-7452
or email kathleen.kincade@state.or.us

 

 

Draft Rules in Progress

Oregon OSHA recently adopted Federal OSHA’s globally harmonized system of classification and labeling of chemicals (GHS) into the Hazard Communication Standard and related general industry (Division 2) and construction (Division 3) rules. Agricultural workers are also potentially exposed to many hazardous chemicals that can cause or contribute to serious health effects or serious physical hazards.

This proposed rulemaking will improve safety and simplify compliance for agricultural workplaces by focusing on the rule requirements that pertain to users of hazardous chemicals (as opposed to those for manufacturers, importers, and distributors) and by incorporating the definitions and terminology from the GHS into Oregon OSHA's Division 4, Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) for agricultural employers. Revisions to the Division 4 HCS will establish a uniform "flow of information" about chemical hazards in all the Oregon OSHA rules.

Several related rules, including the Division 4 "universal" definitions, and standards for flammable liquids, fire prevention, pipe labeling, and the storage of hazardous chemicals, are also being revised to be consistent with the GHS-modified HCS.