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Senate Approves Asbestos Legislation

On April 30, 2015 the Oregon Senate approved legislation requiring contractors to have asbestos surveys conducted prior to demolition work. While regulations are currently in place requiring asbestos testing prior to renovation, the bill specifically seeks to protect residential neighborhoods from potential asbestos exposure during demolition activities. With the growth of the housing market in Portland and beyond, the risk of asbestos exposure in neighborhoods due to demolition and reconstruction is a growing reality. You can view the actual bill here, or get ... Read more

The Finish Line? OSHA’s Confined Space Rule For Construction

  22 years ago, OSHA made a promise.  OSHA issued a final rule in 1993 on confined space for general industry workers. However, this rule did not extend to the construction industry. Now, at last, it looks like the Confined Spaces in Construction rule may be issued this year. The White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) finished a review of the proposed regulation on April 3. According to Industrial Safety & Hygiene News on April 14, OSHA "would be expected to press for ... Read more

Top Safety Blogs to Follow

Looking for some great safety blogs? Below are some of our top picks for blogs providing current and relevant information in the world of workplace safety. OSHA  Of course, this one is a must for all of the latest occupational safety and health updates. Find it here first and stay up-to-date on breaking news in the safety world. Occupational Health & Safety Magazine This blog is always pack with fresh news and helpful information on anything from confined space to OSHA violations to all the latest on ... Read more

CSB “Shock to the System” Video Released

This week, the US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) released a short video detailing the events which triggered the hydraulic shock and ensuing ammonia release at Millard Refrigerated Services in the summer of 2010. Through helpful graphics and a step-by-step explanation of the scenario as it unfolded, the CSB highlights the safety lessons learned, demonstrating how catastrophic accidents such as this one can be prevented in the future. The full video can be found here.   Read more

Asbestos Awareness Week is April 1-7

During this week, we join others to raise awareness about the potentially fatal health effects of asbestos exposure. While many may consider it a problem of the past, exposure continues to be a reality, especially to those who perform maintenance, repair and demolition work. OSHA provides several helpful fact sheets and a thorough overview on workplace requirements and employee rights here. There is no room for companies or individuals to claim ignorance on this issue. While it may be tempting to cut corners when dealing with ... Read more

Tag, You’re It: The Components of Lockout/Tagout

It's no secret how critical lockout/tagout (LOTO) is to a robust safety program. According to OSHA, compliance with the standard "prevents an estimated 120 fatalities and 50,000 injuries each year." LOTO is officially known as hazardous energy control. According to Jimi Michalscheck from Occupational Health & Safety, it is "a term used to describe the process that will protect employees when they are in harm's way of equipment movement when they are servicing it and unexpected startup could cause injury or death." Policies In a ... Read more

Consolidation: All About ASHRAE and IAQA

ASHRAE and IAQA are joining forces. In January, consolidation between the two well-known organizations in the Indoor Environmental Quality Industry was formalized at ASHRAE's 2015 Winter Conference. Leadership for both organizations have expressed excitement about the merger, and are hopeful the synergy between the two will provide greater resources and opportunities for their members. ASHRAE, which stands for the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers, has been around since 1894 and IAQA, or the Indoor Air Quality Association has been in existence ... Read more
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