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Technical Manual

The Technical Manual provides technical information and guidance on occupational safety and health topics. The content is based on currently available research publications, OSHA standards, and consensus standards. The purpose of the manual is to assist OSHA Compliance Safety and Health Officers in hazard recognition and to provide guidance in accident prevention. It also serves as a source of advice for CSHO's on safety and health issues.

The manual is not a substitute for OSHA standards and is not used for establishing Agency compliance policies. In the unlikely event of any inconsistencies between material in the manual and the requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Act and the standards and regulations promulgated thereunder, the latter are controlling. The manual has ten sections and each section is divided into specific chapters. (See reference section below for a complete list of sections, chapters, and updates.) The information herein is valuable in establishing sound safety and health programs.

The following documents are in the Adobe Acrobat PDF format.

Entire Technical Manual (2.3 MB pdf)

Table Of Contents

Section 1 Sampling, Measurement Methods, and Instruments
  • Personal Sampling for Air Contaminants
  • Sampling for Surface Contamination
  • Technical Equipment
  • Sample Shipping and Handling
Section 2 Health Hazards
  • Polymer Matrix Materials: Advanced Composites
  • Indoor Air Quality Investigations
  • Ventilation Investigations
  • Heat Stress
  • Noise Measurement
  • Laser Hazards
  • Legionnaires' Disease
Section 3 Safety Hazards
  • Oil Well Derrick Stability: Guy wire Anchor Systems
  • Petroleum Refining Process
  • Pressure Vessel Guidelines
  • Industrial Robots and Robot System Safety
Section 4 Construction Operations
  • Demolition
  • Excavations: Hazard Recognition in Trenching and Shoring
  • Controlling Lead Exposures in the Construction Industry
Section 5 Health Care Facilities
  • Hospital Investigations: Health Hazards
  • Controlling Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Drugs
Section 6 Ergonomics
  •  Back Disorders and Injuries
Section 7 Personal Protective Equipment
  • Chemical Protective Clothing
  • Respiratory Protection
Section 8 Safety and Health Management (Future Chapter)
Section 9 Miscellaneous
  • Metric System Conversion

If you have questions regarding the contents of this page, please contact Oregon OSHA Standards & Technical Section, (503) 378-3272 toll free in Oregon, (800) 922-2689 or send e-mail to tech.web@state.or.us