Governing Law and Regulations
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.