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Construction Depot

Safety and health newsletter for the Oregon construction industry

May 16, 2015

In this issue:

 

The final hazard communication deadline is June 1, 2016. Are you prepared?

Is your hazard communication program up to date? It should be. On June 1, you need to be in compliance with all the elements of the GHS-aligned hazard communication program.

If you have identified any new hazardous chemicals since Dec. 1, 2015 (the date that manufacturers, importers, and distributors had to use GHS-compliant labels), make sure that you have documented those hazards in your hazard communication program and that you have properly labeled the chemical containers. If you use "alternative" labeling methods for individual stationary process containers, update those labels, too.

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Top 5 construction violations in Oregon, January to April 2016

You would be making a safe bet if you wagered that the top five construction violations during the first four months of 2016 would not change much over the remainder of the year. The order may change slightly, but not the status, and that's unfortunate. These five rules are easy to comply with and the violations are easy to spot – even if you are not a compliance officer.

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Retention periods for Oregon OSHA-required documents

Have you ever wished you knew how long you have to keep Oregon OSHA-required documents? We can grant you that wish right now. In the table below, you will find Oregon OSHA rules that apply to the construction industry and that have specific retention periods. Keep in mind that Oregon OSHA has many other recordkeeping requirements that might apply to you workplace, but they do not have specific retention periods.

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Layton Construction Company employees

Layton Construction 'stands down' for falls in construction

Layton Construction Company was one of many construction industry employers who participated in this year's May 2-6 National Safety Stand-Down event in Oregon.

The McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center renovation and expansion project adds 132,000 square feet to the existing campus and nearly 67,000 square feet of renovations to the current hospital. Layton Construction is the general contractor for the project.

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