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41 Oregon OSHA Topic Specific Checklists 

 

dust extSince 1938, the U.S. Department of Labor has provided guidance on health hazards related to exposure to crystalline silica.  They directed employers to voluntarily implement engineering and administrative controls, supplemented with PPE to reduce airborne concentrations.



In 1971, OSHA formally adopts a standard to limit respirable exposures to 250 micrograms / meter3.  This  remained unchanged until March, 2016 when OSHA proposed amending the standard to require that construction employers:

  • Perform an exposure assessment using either a unique task based table (Table 1) OR using air monitoring equipment
  • Establish and implement a written exposure control plan
  • Designate a competent person to implement the control plan
  • Limit respirable exposures to less than 50 micrograms / meter3 (the PEL)
  • Offer medical exams once every 3 years to workers who are required to wear a respirator 30+ days a year
  • Train employees on silica hazards and exposure control methods
  • Keep records of air monitoring and employee medical exams when applicable

The revised standard was to originally have an effective date of 6/23/17, but was delayed until 9/23/17.  It is in effect now, but only where Federal OSHA has jurisdiction. 

Last week, OSHA released an enforcement directive indicating a 30 day citation grace period to good faith employers, in which they would act in a consultive capacity to aid in compliance efforts.

Employers under Oregon OSHA can expect to have the same requirements however, full compliance is not mandatory until 7/1/18.  Washington LnI has yet to formally propose their version of the standard, but it looks like they are working towards an effective date sometime in the first quarter of 2018.

While the bullet list above looks like a lot of work, the large majority of our electrical construction tasks which create silica dust fall under Table 1 compliance direction.  The table specifies that the use of tools with HEPA vacuum features and / or water delivery systems to reduce dust accumulation will not expose workers above the PEL. 

Those workers will need basic training on silica health hazards and proper use of the tool.  Your competent persons, those who oversee the work, will need additional training on the standard and how to complete an exposure control plan.  Lastly, if workers are not exposed above the PEL, they are not required to wear respirators (voluntary use is ok) and as such will not need medical examinations.

I have many resources to aid in employee training and a simple to use, online exposure control plan.  An updated silica module for your safety manual is also available.  Please contact me for more information.

Joint Safety Committee

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NECA - IBEW Joint Safety Committee Meeting Minutes
IBEW Local 48 labor representatives and Oregon-Columbia Chapter NECA Safety Managers meet monthly to discuss jobsite safety concerns, review new safety regulations and develop industry best practices to elevate safety for our industry.  The committee was recognized at the 2009 Oregon Governor's Occupational Safety and Health Conference for their achievements in working together to solve difficult safety challenges.  Committee meetings every other evenly numbered month, on the third Thursday at 2:30 PM in the NIETC conference room.

Toolbox Talks

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Safety Tool Box Talks are used in the workplace to address site specific safety concerns.  They can be used to document initial and refresher training as well as inform other subs or GCs of workplace safety concerns.  The NIETC Safety Talks are organized by topic and month but can be used in any manner that best fits your needs. 

Safety Certifications

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Within OSHA standards there are many applications that require employers to train their employees to different levels of competency depending upon the degree of hazard, exposure or level of responsibility.  Examples include general awareness training, competent person training, qualified person training and proof of training and competency through a formal certification process.  The NIETC provides a wide variety of safety training, some of which qualifies or certifies the students to perform specific tasks.