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Public Hearing – Proposed Silica Medical Evaluation and Timeline Clarification

Public Hearings Scheduled for:

  • Date: June 18, 2018
  • Time: 10:00 am
  • Location: OROSHA Durham Plaza, 16760 SW Upper Boones Ferry RD Suite 200 Tigard, Or 97224

Oregon OSHA adopted the rules for silica Sept. 23, 2016, with an effective date of July 1, 2018. At that time, Oregon OSHA decided to incorporate the General Industry standard and the Construction standard into one rule. Oregon OSHA was notified that the criteria requiring medical monitoring in the new Oregon standard (OAR 437-002-1062) could be read to require construction workers who were exposed to the action level for 30 or more days per year to have medical monitoring done. This was not Oregon OSHA’s intent, as that requirement does not exist in the federal OSHA requirements. This rulemaking is to clarify the criteria for medical monitoring for the construction industry. Additionally, there are certain delayed provisions that affect the medical monitoring requirements, and language was included to help employers understand when those deferrals apply and when they end.


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