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December 2012




Oregon OSHA Updates

December 2012



Global Harmonization

On September 25, 2012, Oregon OSHA adopted federal OSHA’s “Globally Harmonized” hazard communication standard, which is based on the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System (GHS) for classifying and labeling hazardous chemicals.

Key implementation dates are:

  • Dec. 1, 2013: Employers must train their employees on the elements in the new label system and on the new 16-section Safety Data Sheet format.
  • June 1, 2015: Full implementation of the standard takes effect. Suppliers and employers must comply with all parts of the hazard communication standard.
  • Dec. 1, 2015: Suppliers must re-label their old stock of chemicals. After Dec. 1, 2015, distributors must dispose of the old inventory, send it back to the manufacturer, or put new labels on it before they ship it to a customer.
  • June 1, 2016: Employers must comply with the Safety Data Sheets and labeling requirements for substance-specific rules such as lead and asbestos.  

Here are some links which may be of assistance to you:

Warning labels               Written Plan           Safety Data Sheets        Required Training    

Oregon OSHA Rules     The Hazard Communication Process           Hazardous Chemical      


Confined Space

Oregon OSHA adopts a new rule, OAR 437-002-0146 Confined Spaces, which includes the construction industry.

The primary changes are: 

  • Requirement to catalog all confined space to catalog only permit spaces.
  • If the permit program needs revised, entry to the space is prohibited until revision is complete.
  • There was language added for
      1. Rescue
      2. Decontamination
      3. Alternate entry
      4. Evacuation of space

Adopted changes to the Confined Space rule


Other Items of Interest                   

Letter of Interpretation - ladders    New Penalty Matrix   Audiovisual Library New Arrivals

As always, City Risk  is available to assist you with consultative services or simply to answer any questions you may have regarding these and other safety and health issues.  Our number is 503 823-5101, Option #5. 

Other ways to obtain assistance would be to visit City Risk web page, Oregon OSHA webpage, or contact Oregon OSHA at 1-800-922-2689 for technical assistance or the resource librarian.  The resource librarian is amazing and will research topics and provide copies of standards.