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For Immediate Release
December 30, 2002
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Kevin Weeks 503-947-7428  (direct dial)

Training class for new steel erection rules in Beaverton

A training class to educate the construction industry about the revised Oregon rules for steel erection is coming to Beaverton in January.

The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) developed the FREE training to provide labor, management and government agencies with the information needed to implement new standards that were placed in effect in April 2002. The FREE course is scheduled to be in Beaverton on January 29 from 8:00am to Noon at Portland Community College's Capital Center, 18624 NW Walker Road in Beaverton.

Oregon OSHA implemented substantial changes to the Steel Erection standard (also known as Chapter 437, Division 3, Subdivision R of the Oregon Administrative Rules) in 2002, adopting changes which included fall-protection requirements for each worker performing their duties at or above ten feet off the ground. The class will review the entire standard, including site-specific planning, structural steel assembly, systems-engineered metal buildings and fall protection.

The training class is a service of the Joint Emphasis Program (JEP) created by Oregon OSHA to reduce construction injuries and fatalities through education and partnerships. Classes in the Steel Erection standard are also scheduled for Salem in February, and Eugene in March.

Oregon OSHA offers a variety of resources and consultation services to help Oregon employers create safer workplaces and reduce the number of injuries which occur at work. More information and resources are available on Oregon OSHA's website, www.orosha.org

For more information about this workshop or to register, call the Oregon OSHA Education Section, (503) 947-7443, or toll-free in Oregon, (888) 292-5247 Option 2.