Oregon Hazard Communication regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Oregon Hazard Communication: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Oregon Safe Employment Act, Oregon Revised Statutes 654.001 (ORS) et seq., and hazard communication regulations at Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) 437-002-0360

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General industry:

Pipe labeling: OAR 437-002-0378


Subpoenas, citations, and penalties: OAR 437-002-0377

Agriculture, right to know for hand laborers: OAR 437-002-0377

Agricultural hazard communication standard: OAR 437-004-0002 and OAR 437-004-9800

Regulatory Agency

Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services Oregon 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 has adopted the federal hazard communication standard for the general industry and construction industry by reference, and has adopted additional rules for pipe labeling and certain agricultural activities. The state operates a federally approved occupational safety and health regulatory program. Therefore, public and private employers are subject to the state's rules. See the national topic HAZARD COMMUNICATION STANDARD for more information about the federal rule.

State rules require agricultural employers to provide hand-laborers with a specific safe practices brochure and access upon request to safety data sheets (SDSs)—formally known as material safety data sheets (MSDS)—for all residual hazardous chemicals they may be reasonably expected to contact. See the state topic MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEET/SAFETY DATA SHEET (MSDS/SDS) for further information.

Administration and enforcement. OR-OSHA administers and enforces all private and public (state and local government) sector ...

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