Category Archives: Oregon OSHA

New pesticide rules protect workers better

It’s disappointing, albeit not surprising, to see the misinformation about the recently updated Worker Protection Standard rules in a recent Mail Tribune opinion piece (“Pesticide rules won’t protect workers,” Oct. 7). As someone who represents pesticide applicators from across the state and served on the rules advisory committee for the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health […]
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Oregon high school students could win $500 in workplace safety video contest

High school students in Oregon are invited to create videos to increase awareness about safety on the job for young workers. The annual “Speak up. Work safe.” video contest, organized by the Oregon Young Employee Safety Coalition, is open for submissions. Source: Oregon high school students could win $500 in workplace safety video contest

Pesticide rules won’t protect workers

America’s farmworkers have been asking for pesticide drift protections since the 1970s. Here we are, nearly 50 years later, and in Oregon, our worker protection agency is finally making progress toward this goal, albeit in small steps. This July, Oregon OSHA adopted their Worker Protection Standards for farm and forest workers and pesticides. Source: Pesticide […]
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Safe as houses

The SafeBuild Alliance helps contractors strengthen health, safety programs, aided by a mentorship program. For the owners of small construction companies, navigating Oregon Occupational Safety & Health Administration regulations, establishing employee health and safety policies, and training employees to adhere to them can be overwhelming. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Safe as houses

$40 million lawsuit alleges asbestos cover-up at SW Portland apartments

A $40 million lawsuit claims that managers of a Southwest Portland apartment complex endangered employees by exposing them to asbestos even though construction crews had warned that the cancer-causing fibers were present. Source: $40 million lawsuit alleges asbestos cover-up at SW Portland apartments | OregonLive.com

Oregon workers’ compensation costs fall for 6th straight year

Oregon employers next year, on average, will pay $1.12 per $100 of payroll for workers’ compensation insurance, down from $1.23 in 2018, under a proposal announced Monday by the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services. That figure covers workers’ compensation claims costs, assessments, and insurer profit and expenses. Source: Oregon workers’ compensation costs fall […]
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State Environmental Regulators Ignored Warnings From Another State Agency That a Portland Auto Scrapyard Was Filled With Hazards

State environmental regulators were warned of dangers at a Northeast Portland scrapyard months before it went up in flames last March—not just by neighbors and environmental watchdogs but by another state agency. Source: State Environmental Regulators Ignored Warnings From Another State Agency That a Portland Auto Scrapyard Was Filled With Hazards

Oregon OSHA urges: Prevent worker illness in hot weather

As summer temperatures rise, so do the dangers of working in high heat. That’s especially true in Oregon, where workers tend to be used to working in mild weather and are frequently not accustomed to high temperatures. Source: Oregon OSHA urges: Prevent worker illness in hot weather

Oregon OSHA adopts stricter rules for pesticide drift protection

Oregon OSHA adopted rules Monday establishing “Application Exclusion Zones” under the federal Worker Protection Standard to shield farmworkers from drifting pesticides in fields and orchards. Oregon regulators will allow farmworkers and their families to take shelter indoors from drifting pesticides under controversial rules adopted Monday by the state Occupational Health and Safety Administration, or Oregon […]
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Oregon Finalizes Farmworker Pesticide Protection Standards

New state rules offer greater protections for farmworkers than federal standards. Oregon has adopted new rules to protect farmworkers from pesticides. The new regulations establish zones around pesticide applications that workers cannot enter. It also allows workers the choice to take shelter in housing or other structures instead of moving away. Source: Oregon Finalizes Farmworker Pesticide Protection Standards . […]
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