NFPA 70E-2015 specifically defines ear canal inserts (ear plugs) as the required protection in all arc flash zones.

Oregon OSHA Offering On-Site Consultation During National Stand-Down

Last year's national stand-down reached more than 2.5 million workers and federal OSHA's goal is to reach 5 million workers this year.

We can mark down Oregon OSHA as a strong supporter of the May 2-6 National Safety Stand-Down event from federal OSHA, NIOSH, and several other partners. OR-OSHA announced that its Consultation Services will bring expertise on fall prevention to work sites across the state during the stand-down, which is a voluntary event aiming to help millions of construction workers prevent falls.

"The National Safety Stand-Down offers employers the opportunity to focus on fall hazards and build a working relationship with Oregon OSHA," said Roy Kroker, consultation and public education manager for Oregon OSHA. The state agency believes the week of the national stand-down affords a special opportunity to establish a relationship with employers and workers to reinforce the importance of occupational safety.

Last year's national stand-down reached more than 2.5 million workers and federal OSHA's goal is to reach 5 million workers this year. Oregon OSHA's consultants will participate in activities chosen by employers to help protect workers. Employers are encouraged to request a visit from a consultant during the National Safety Stand-Down by calling Oregon OSHA's central office in Salem, 503-378-3272, or a field office in their area:

  • Bend: 541-388-6068
  • Eugene: 541-686-7913
  • Medford: 541-776-6016
  • Pendleton: 541-276-2353
  • Portland: 503-229-6193
  • Salem: 503-373-7819

Falls from elevation are a leading cause of death for construction workers and accounted for 337 of the 874 construction deaths recorded in 2014, according to federal data. OSHA reports that from 2003 to 2010, 2,210 construction workers died because of a traumatic brain injury.

OSHA's partners in the event include NIOSH and its National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA), state plans, state consultation programs, the Center for Construction Research and Training, the American Society of Safety Engineers, the National Safety Council, the National Construction Safety Executives, the U.S. Air Force, and the OSHA Training Institute Education Centers.

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