A public hearing is scheduled for July 29, 2009, at 9:30 a.m. in the Labor and Industries Building Basement - Conference Room F, 350 Winter Street NE, Salem. The proposed amendments reflect changes in the following Federal Registers: 73 FR 75598 (Corrections and technical amendments); 72 FR 35663 (Correction); and 71 FR 35546 (Technical amendments). The Oregon OSHA also proposes to amend Division 2, Subdivision Z - Toxic and Hazardous Substances by adopting a new rule to clarify that all parts of the Worker Protection Standard (WPS) apply to General Industry, and are a part of Division 2 in addition to, and not instead of, any other part of Division 2. Should any part of the WPS conflict with other parts of Division 2, the employer must comply with the part offering the most protection to workers. OAR 437-007-0010 Worker Protection Standard in Division 7, Forest Activities, is also being amended to clarify the reference to WPS in Agriculture. Adoption of the proposed amendments tentatively will be August 2009. The comment period closes on Aug. 3, 2009. Additional information can be found at www.orosha.org/pdf/notices/proposed2009/ltr_changs_div247_06222009.pdf.
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July 16, 2009
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