Oregon: Division adopts safety meeting, committee changes
The Occupational Safety and Health Division recently adopted changes that fulfill the division's responsibility under recent legislation to require all employers, regardless of size, to have either a safety committee or to hold safety meetings.
The changes take effect Jan. 1, 2011. The rule applies to all agricultural employers with workers, excluding seasonal workers. All employers with workers can have a safety committee. The number of workers, both full time and part time, per location determine whether the employer also has the option of holding monthly safety meetings instead of having a safety committee. Additional notes were added to explain the minimum training and orientation requirements for seasonal workers who perform only "hand labor operations" as defined in the rule. The rule now specifically states that safety awareness information must be communicated "in a manner that workers can understand." Employers with employees who have language barriers must "include content that is either translated into the language used to hire and supervise these employees or that is otherwise effectively conveyed, such as through visual media." For a copy of the changes, visit www.orosha.org/pdf/notices/adopted2010/ao42010_div4ack_chngs.pdf.
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September 27, 2010
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