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Oregon OSHA: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Oregon Safe Employment Act, Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) 654.001 et seq., and regulations at Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) 437-001-0001 to 437-081-2305

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Covered employers: ORS 654.005

Duties of employers and employees: OAR 437-001-0760

Safety and health standards:

Air contaminants: OAR 437-002-0382

Personal protective equipment (PPE): OAR 437-002-0123

Bloodborne pathogens: OAR 437-002-1030 and OAR 437-002-1035

Safety committee: OAR 437-001-0765 and OAR 437-004-0251

Injury and illness recordkeeping: OAR 437-001-0700

Safety loss prevention program (SLPP): OAR 437-001-1055 and OAR 437-001-1060

Regulatory Agency

Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services Occupational Safety and Health Division (OR-OSHA)

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Oregon is a "state plan" state; that is, it has its own federally approved occupational safety and health regulatory program that governs private and public sector employers. The state has adopted the federal general industry standards by reference and has adopted several rules that are stricter than the federal rules, such as for permissible exposure limits (PELs) for certain air contaminants, bloodborne pathogens, cranes and slings, worker right-to-know, PPE, reporting of certain fatalities, and safety committees. For more information about worker right-to-know, see the state section HAZARD COMMUNICATION STANDARD. For more information about air contaminants and PELs, see the national section PERMISSIBLE EXPOSURE LIMITS.

Oregon requires certain employers to establish and operate safety committees.

Administration and enforcement.


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