April 15, 2013
Oregon OSHA's new confined space rule, 437-002-0146, Confined Spaces, became effective on April 1, 2013. The most significant effect of the new rule, which was highlighted in the December 2012 issue of the Construction Depot, is that it applies to general industry and construction industry workplaces.
However, Oregon OSHA is delaying enforcement of the rule's new provisions until Sept. 1, 2013. This will give employers extra time to review the rule and give Oregon OSHA time to finish a program directive, a new publication, and other educational materials that explain the rule.
Between April 1, 2013, and Sept. 1, 2013, Oregon OSHA will issue violations of 437-002-0146, Confined Spaces, only if the conditions cited would also have been violations of the previous rule.
Where to go for more information:
The new rule: 437-002-0146, Confined Spaces
The previous construction-industry rule: 1926.21(b)(6) in Safety training and education
The previous general-industry rule: 1910.146, Permit-required confined spaces
Text of changes to 1910.146, Permit-required confined spaces
In December 2012, Oregon OSHA proposed a new rule (437-002-0231) governing crane operator safety training for small capacity cranes. Oregon OSHA conducted three public hearings in January 2013, with a comment period open until Feb. 21, 2013.
Based on written comments and oral testimony given at the hearings, Oregon OSHA Administrator Michael Wood announced the agency will reconvene an advisory group to discuss the scope of the rule and make a new proposal.
The advisory group will meet in May. Those who want to serve on the group can contact Ron Haverkost (email@example.com) at Oregon OSHA.
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