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Member Update moves to twice-monthly editions

To increase the timeliness and relevance of the information in the Member Update, the OAN’s email newsletter, will be published twice each month on the 5th and the 20th. In addition to the regular features including education opportunities, pest and disease updates, information on membership benefits, safety issues, marketing and events, and other industry news, look for legal issues in the edition on the 5th and government news in the issue published on the 20th. To submit information for the Member Update, please contact Trish Anderson, Marketing and Communications Coordinator, by calling 503.682.5089 or by email at


Government postings

Stay up to date with legally required employment notices

Various agencies in the state of Oregon and the federal government require certain posters to be displayed in a conspicuous place, where employees may regularly view them. With the change in the minimum wage in January, employers are required to post an updated notice. The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries has a comprehensive site where this poster and most other legally required posters can be downloaded free of charge. You can also order an all-in-one poster specific to agriculture for $10. Click here for more info.

This month's fliers/downloads:

January Safety Topic

Reading MSDSs (English)
(PDF format)

Reading MSDSs (Espanol)
(PDF format)

Wholesale Nursery Location Map

Application form
(PDF format)

Sustainable Gardening Symposium

Registration flier
(168K, PDF format)

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OSHA rules change for 2007

New OSHA rules address fatal vehicle accidents and heart attacks

Beginning Jan. 1, 2007, Oregon employers are required to report fatal work-related motor vehicle accidents to Oregon OSHA, under recently updated safety and health rules.

Motor vehicle accidents have been the leading cause of fatal workplace injuries in Oregon four of the past five years, accounting for 26 percent of fatalities compensable in the workers’ compensation system between 2001 and 2005.

“We haven't done everything we can to create truly safe workplaces in Oregon until we address the largest single source of on-the-job fatalities in the state and in the nation — motor vehicles,” said Michael Wood, administrator of Oregon OSHA. “And our starting point needs to be a recognition that such deaths are workplace deaths. We need to track them and to treat them with the same seriousness and careful analysis that we try to provide whenever an employee is killed on the job.”

Workplace deaths (including heart attacks) must be reported to Oregon OSHA at (800) 922-2689 within eight hours of the employer’s awareness of the incident. Workplace accidents that send three or more employees to the hospital must also be reported within eight hours. An incident requiring a worker to be hospitalized overnight must be reported within 24 hours.

Oregon OSHA updated its reporting requirements in September 2006 following public hearings on proposed rule changes in August. Additional resources and information about motor vehicle safety at work are available on the Oregon OSHA Web site,, under “Vehicles” in the A-Z Topic Index. Also see OSHA’s January class schedule, listed below.

Oregon OSHA enforces the state’s workplace safety and health rules and works to improve workplace safety and health for all Oregon workers. For more information, go to, or contact Kevin Weeks, public information officer, by phone at (503) 947-7428 or by e-mail at

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Legal Access

New administrative rules offer greater flexibility to pre-1955 groundwater rights holders

Legal AccessEffective Oct. 10, 2006, the Oregon Water Resources Commission (OWRD) established a process and standards for recognizing changes in the place of use, type of use, or point of appropriation for groundwater registrations. The new rules can be found at Oregon Administrative Rules Chapter 690, Division 382.

Oregon’s first statewide groundwater code was enacted in 1955. Under those laws, a landowner had to obtain a permit from OWRD before using groundwater for irrigation, agricultural, municipal or any other nonexempt uses. But in many parts of the state, senior water users were already using groundwater when the legislature enacted the groundwater code. OWRD gave senior water users three years to file a written registration statement, to serve as a placeholder until the state began statutory groundwater adjudication proceedings. Because senior water users could not amend a groundwater registration statement, they had very little flexibility in using those rights.

The new Division 382 rules permit a groundwater registration holder, the underlying landowner, or another authorized person to request a change in the place of use, type of use or point of appropriation. After considering public comments, OWRD must recognize the requested modification if the proposed modification would not injure other water rights, enlarge, or impair state scenic waterway flows.

The registration modification does not determine validity for the underlying water use claimed in the original registration statement. That can occur only in a statutory adjudication proceeding. Because OWRD has no plans to initiate groundwater adjudications, this new process is a significant tool for water users and OWRD.

The new modification statute and rules add flexibility, but they do not allow for the temporary transfer of groundwater registrations.

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Don’t be left out — subscribe today!

Get your nursery on the 2007-2008 Wholesale Nursery Location Map

Subscribe today!

Need to drive some buyers to your nursery, or just let the trucker know how to get there? Don’t rely on Internet maps. Subscribe today to the Wholesale Nursery Location Map, compiled as a chapter fundraiser by the Mt. Hood Chapter.

This handy reference is updated and reprinted every two years and has a circulation of nearly 25,000 copies. Where do all these maps go? Subscribers get them; they are given to buyers visiting the OAN booth at the trade shows around the country each year including the Farwest Show; and it’s included with all Buyers Guides requested through the OAN office.

Don’t wait! The subscription deadline is Feb. 15, 2007. Subscribe using the online application form at or download the application form. For more information contact Graham Anderson at (503) 663-5224 or or Sue Lane at (503) 661-4259 or

Subscription Rates

  • First location – $150; includes 50 maps
  • Additional locations – $35 each
  • Additional maps per 50 – $35

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Volunteers needed

Help needed for OAN booth at Yard Garden & Patio Show


The Yard Garden & Patio Show attracts more than 25,000 gardening enthusiasts, and the OAN booth at the show provides information to encourage purchases from OAN-member businesses, including distributing the newest edition of the Guide to Oregon’s Retail Nurseries and promoting the 2007 Le Tour des Plants. We need volunteers to help staff the booth, so if you represent a garden center, retail nursery or wholesale grower selling to garden centers, this is a great opportunity to stay in touch with the gardening community.

Call or e-mail Ann Murphy at (503) 682-5089 or if you would like to volunteer. Shifts are two to three hours, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 23-24, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 25.

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Go east, young man

High Desert Green Industry Conference offers seminars and exhibitor opportunities

HDGICThe 15th annual High Desert Green Industry Conference is a must-attend event for all green industry professionals who supply, design, maintain or manage landscapes in the Intermountain West. The conference includes a trade show with buying and networking opportunities, a comprehensive schedule of educational sessions and an opportunity to earn recertification and continuing education credits.

The OAN is a title sponsor of the event this year, which takes place Feb. 14-15, 2007, at the Deschutes Fair & Expo Center, Redmond, Ore. For more information, call (541) 385-7988 or visit the Conference web site.

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January 2007

Reading Material Safety Data Sheets

A material safety data sheet — the MSDS — is designed to tell you everything you need to know to use a chemical safely. Although there are many different types of MSDSs, each must include the eight parts explained in our flier below.

Reading MSDSs (English)
(PDF format)

Reading MSDSs (Espanol)
(PDF format)

You can find more fliers and posters for download at our Safety & Health Handouts page.

Note: you will have to log in to the Web site to view this Members Only page.

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Enemies of ornamentals

SAF pest management conference focuses on innovative solutions

The Society of American Florists’ 23rd annual Conference on Pest and Disease Management for Ornamentals will be held Feb. 22-24 at the Doubletree at Lloyd Center in Portland. Titled “New Directions: Innovations in Pest and Disease Management,” the conference will present topics and information useful to a wide variety of growers, in particular those who produce color, perennials and cut flowers. This conference features national speakers working on the forefront of pest management in ornamentals. It offers an excellent opportunity to learn some of the latest science and successful methods to manage a wide variety of pests.

Learn how to detect and control viruses, root-infecting pathogens, fungus and leaf spots, improve nutrient and water uptake, integrate biological controls into pest management, keep weeds and other invasives at bay, find the right fungicide or insecticide and much more.

Don’t miss this once-a-year opportunity to explore alternatives and improve your diagnostic skills, learn what you can do before new pests and diseases strike your crops, and share ideas, ask questions and explore the answers together.

For a complete schedule and to register, visit and click on the link for Upcoming Events.

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Sustainable gardening symposium

Hardy Plant Society presents conference aimed at Northwest needs

Become a sustainable gardener at the Grow Green symposium presented by the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon. The event will be held at Clackamas Community College in the Gregory Forum. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10, you can learn about environmental challenges facing Northwest gardeners, soil-food webs, integrated pest management and water-wise designs. A panel discussion with all speakers will follow the presentations. Four outstanding speakers include

  • Pramod Parajuli, PSU’s sustainability instructor and director of the Portland International Initiative for Leadership in Ecology, Culture and Learning.
  • Joy Creek Nursery’s Maurice Horn, author and designer of fabulous “hell strips,” or water-wise gardens.
  • Jeff Lowenfels, author of Teaming with Microbes, A Gardener’s Guide to the Soil Food Web and garden columnist for the Anchorage Daily News.
  • Jan McNeilan, OSU Extension horticulturist and Oregon Master Gardener coordinator.

A community and vendor resource fair starts the event at 9 a.m. before the lectures and continues during breaks. Check out terrific information and products with people who have years of hands-on experience.

Space is limited, so register today. Tickets are $15-$35, and box lunches are available for $8 each. Download the flier for directions and registration information. For more information, contact the HPSO office at (503) 224-5718 or visit the Hardy Plant Society Web site at

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Free workshops

OSHA’s January class schedule

The following free workplace safety and health educational opportunities are being offered by Oregon OSHA in the Portland area this month. For additional information on events, contact Kevin Weeks at (503) 947-7428 or

To register for a free workshop, fax your request on company letterhead to (503) 947-7462 or register on the Oregon OSHA Web site,, under “Education.” For questions about Oregon OSHA education workshops, call (503) 947-7443 or call toll-free within Oregon, (888) 292-5247, option 2.

Classes are held at either Portland Community College Capital Center (PCCCC), 18624 N.W. Walker Road in Beaverton or Sheet Metal Workers Training Center (SMWTC), Room 221, 2379 N.E. 178th Ave. in Portland, near 181st and Interstate 84.

Wednesday, Jan. 10
8 a.m. to noon: “Hazard Communication Program,” PCCCC
1-5 p.m.: “What to Expect from an OR-OSHA Inspection,” PCCCC

Thursday, Jan. 11
8 a.m. to noon: “Introduction to Safety Training,” PCCCC
1-5 p.m.: “Safety and Health Program Evaluation,” PCCCC

Tuesday, Jan. 23
8 a.m. to noon: “Identifying and Controlling Hazards,” PCCCC
1-3 p.m.: “Managing Your Vehicle Safety Program,” PCCCC

Wednesday, Jan. 24
8 a.m. to noon: “Industrial Hygiene for the non-IH,” PCCCC
1-5 p.m.: “Exposure Control/Bloodborne Pathogens.” PCCCC

8 a.m. to noon: “Fall Protection,” SMWTC
1-5 p.m.: “Excavation Safety,” SMWTC

Thursday, Jan. 25
8 a.m. to noon: “Safety Committee Basic Training,” PCCCC
1-5 p.m.: “Conducting a Job Hazard Analysis,” PCCCC

8 a.m. to noon: “Introduction to Ergonomics,” SMWTC
1-5 p.m.: “Conducting an Accident Investigation,” SMWTC

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Member Update Archives

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