Oregon: State agency addresses confined spaces in construction
The rule includes specific exemptions. The rule eliminates the distinction between a permit-required confined space and a non-permit-required confined space. Under the rule, a space with no actual or potential hazards is a confined space. A space with actual or potential hazards is a permit-required confined space. The provision for rescue teams conducting annual training rescue is waived for mobile workers but only when the rescue personnel have access to the space or a simulation of a similar space to develop a rescue plan and practice a rescue. An employer relying on a local fire department for rescue services must ensure that the fire department is aware that they are designated and have agreed to it.
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October 6, 2011
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