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Construction Depot Newsletter

The Construction Depot is a newsletter focusing on safe work practices for the construction industry - news you can use to make your workplace a safer, healthier one.

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March 2013

  • Considering the worker in workplace safety and health
  • Hazard communication – do you know what's in that portable container?
  • Construction safety leaders honored at GOSH conference
  • Fall protection – is that roof-top anchor safe?
  • A look at construction fatalities in 2012

February 2013

  • It's February. Do you know where your OSHA 300-A is?
  • Engine exhause - pick your poison
  • Arc flash - the dangers persist
  • Questions and answers about electrical cords and temporary power sources
  • Tool talk - coated hand tools and electrical hazards
  • Update on Oregon OSHA's proposed rules
  • GOSH conference coming in March

January 2013

  • Rulemaking: Hearings scheduled on three Oregon OSHA proposed rules
  • The story behind Oregon OSHA's proposed small-capacity crane rules
  • How much can you safely lift? Try Oregon OSHA's new lift calculator
  • Sawing concrete? Use water.

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


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