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Archived issues: 2001-2012

December 2012

  • Don't ignore that crack in your windshield
  • Backing up (and today's pop quiz question)
  • 12th annual Mid-Oregon Construction Safety Summit comes to Bend Jan. 29
  • Introducing Oregon OSHA's new confined space rule

November 2012

  • What is a fall hazard?
  • When do workers need to be protected from fall hazards?
  • Factors to consider in evaluating fall hazards
  • The importance of planning
  • Training and supervision
  • Dealing with emergencies

October 2012

  • Globally harmonized hazard communication - what's it all about?
  • Hazard communication in the workplace
  • What is a hazardous chemical?
  • Understanding the hazard communication process
  • Preparing a written hazard communication plan
  • Using safety data sheets
  • Labeling containers of hazardous chemicals
  • Training employees about hazard communication
  • Oregon OSHA's hazard communication rules

September 2012

  • Tool talk: Portable abrasive grinders
  • Small business and obstacles to workplace safety
  • New rules update: Hazard communication
  • Respirable hazard of the month: silica dust
  • What's wrong with this picture
  • Three new "quick facts" fact sheets from Oregon OSHA

August 2012

  • Tool box talk: Abrasive wheel grinders
  • Tool box talk: Laser levels
  • Carbon monoxide and small gas powered engines
  • Lightning awareness: What are your chances of getting zapped?
  • Noise induced hearing loss: perception versus reality
  • Using Apps for workplace safety and health

July 2012

  • Since when is 'housekeeping' construction work?
  • Try Oregon OSHA's new portable ladder app
  • Northwest safety staff attend mobile crane training in Portland
  • Oregon GOSH Conference coming to Portland: March 2013
  • NIOSH team to recommend worker safety requirements in LEED green building certification

June 2012

  • The cost of workplace accidents: going up
  • Struck-by injuries in construction - what they are and how they happen
  • Update: Oregon OSHA's new confined space rule
  • Update: Penalties and other Division 1 General Administrative Rules
  • Oregon OSHA's "Fatality and accident reports" webpage revised

May 2012

  • Falls are still a risk for solar PV installers
  • Speed and distraction are deadly combinations when drivers enter cnstruction work zones
  • Toolbox talk: Electrocution hazards and how they happen
  • Need sleep?
  • Rules updates

April 2012

  • Since when do landscapers need to worry about falling?
  • Scaffold safety: Mast climbing work platforms
  • Reporting overnight hospitalizations and fatalities
  • Celebrate Safety Break for Oregon on May 9
  • Rulemaking updates
  • Is there lead where your employees will be working?

March 2012

  • Scaffold safety: Is fall protection required during erecting and dismantling work?
  • Electrical Safety and the NFPA 70E
  • Oregon OSHA's "top violations" reports are now just clicks away
  • When does your forklift become a crane?
  • Power line safety – evaluating the work zone
  • New online citation appeal and extension request form now available

February 2012

  • The cost of workplace accidents: it’s more than you think
  • Get the lead out - blood lead reporting in Oregon
  • Free rigging and forklifts
  • How ladder accidents happen
  • Oregon OSHA's new Confined Spaces rule delayed
  • New ODOT temporary traffic control handbook available
  • Cascade Occupational Safety and Health Conference coming to Eugene

January 2012

  • Recent changes to Oregon OSHA's construction industry rules
  • Construction safety conference coming to Bend, Jan. 24
  • Most frequently violated construction rules for 2011 - fall protection tops the list (again)
  • Understanding what's new in Oregon OSHA's lead rules
  • New guide: Cranes and derricks in construction

Spring 2008

Winter 2008

Fall 2007

Winter 2006-2007

  • Motor vehicle safety
  • Getting traction in the winter
  • Electrical safety

Summer/Fall 2006

  • Sanitation at construction sites
  • Fall Protection in Construction
  • Worker Memorial Scholarships 2006 recipients
  • Changes to OR-OSHA Web site: Improved navigation and added features
  • GOSH 2007 awards nominations

Winter/Spring 2006

  • What is safety and health management
  • Worksite reponsibility: guidelines for contractors

Fall 2005

  • Selecting portable ladders
  • Using ladders safely
  • Ladder inspection, maintenance, and repair
  • Storing ladders
  • Transporting ladders
  • A checklist of safe pracitices

Summer 2005

  • Are you planning to hire a young worker?
  • Advice for employers
  • Laws to know
  • Getting started with young workers
  • Advice for young workers
  • 2005 five worst teen jobs
  • How young workers get hurt

Spring 2005

  • Never enter an unprotected trench!
  • What causes a cave in?
  • Planning: what to consider before you dig
  • What's the difference between an excavation and a trench?
  • The role of the competent person
  • Getting in and out of a trench
  • Materials and mobile equipment
  • Hazardous atmospheres
  • Water accumulation
  • Use appropriate protection to prevent cave-ins

Winter 2005

  • Fall Protection: Questions and answers
  • Construction industry’s frequently cited standards
  • Did you know? Substance abuse — statistics on drug use in the workplace
  • Skanska recognized for safety at Bend and Redmond hospital projects
  • 2005 GOSH Conference open for registration
  • Workers’ Memorial Scholarship deadline is March 1

Fall 2004

  • Fall protection, rebar, and concrete formwork: the basics
  • OR-OSHA’s 502 Committee produces a new fall protection booklet
  • Safe Jobs, Smart Business for construction contractors

Summer 2004

  • In the zone: traffic control safety
  • Have a nice day: outdoor awareness for the summer
  • Workplace Safety and Health Conferences
  • Construction fatalities aren't always work related
  • Yorke & Curtis recognized for worker safety

Spring 2004

  • The 502 Committee addresses fall-protection challenges in stick-framed construction.
  • Rod Comstock tells you how OR-OSHA’s training workshops can help
    bring new employees up to speed on workplace safety and health.
  • Don Harris highlights the benefits of checking out a safety-training video from the OR-OSHA AV Library.
  • Do you have to comply with OR-OSHA rules if youre an independent construction contractor?
  • Ron Preece covers criteria you need to consider.
  • Finally, a reminder: Be aware of asbestos if you do remodeling work. It’s still a concern for construction workers.

Winter 2004

  • Keep the lines of communication open
  • Poem: I chose to look the other way
  • PESO: a new bilingual training program for construction safety
  • I'm OR-OSHA's new Resource Center librarian, Jane Kirby
  • Hearing-loss column added to OSHA 300 log
  • Construction happenings (a list of events)
  • Sign up for OR-OSHA's electronic notification service

Fall 2003

  • Should you be concerned about mold?
  • How to prevent mold
  • How do molds enter a building?
  • Should you test for mold?
  • Does OR-OSHA have regulations that address mold?

Spring 2003

  • The Construction Advisory Committee: working for you (list of members)
  • Using a work platform on a rough-terrain lift truck?
  • GFCIs: Effective if they're not defective

Winter 2003

  • Falling: Truths and consequences
  • Why we need protection from fallingFalling without protection
  • Chart on "Accepted disabling workers' compensation claims Falls to a lower level in the construction industry, 1997-2001"
  • How should we protect ourselves from falling?
  • Fall-protection strategies
  • Is Humpty safe?
  • You know the end to this story.
  • COSHA to host Mid-Oregon Construction Safety Summit

Summer 2002

  • GFCIs and OR-OSHA's ground-fault-protection rules
  • Types of GFCIs
  • How GFCIs protect us
  • Testing receptical GFCIs
  • About OR-OSHA's new ground-fault protection rule
  • Which rule do I follow?
  • Where to learn more
  • Electrical safety videos available from OR-OSHA

Spring 2002

  • Should you be concerned about hazardous energy?
  • Hazardous energy in the workplace
  • How hazardous energy causes accidents: An example
  • How to control hazardous energy
  • Where to learn more about controlling hazardous energy

Fall 2001

  • Do you have a safe and healthful workplace?
  • Dermatitis: What is it? What are the symptoms? How to control exposure
  • Silicosis: What is it? What are the symptoms? How to control exposure
  • Hearing Loss: What is it? What are the symptoms? How to control exposure
  • Want to learn more?

Summer 2001

  • Going Up?
  • Working six feet or more above a lower level? - List of hazardous work areas, and hazardous tasks
  • You don't have to fall far to get hurt
  • Thinking about fall protection
  • Fall protection: what it really means
  • Want to know more about fall protection? OR-OSHA training workshop
  • List: Fall protection videos