Oregon OSHA laws & HR compliance analysis

Oregon OSHA: What you need to know

Under the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act), individual states may devise and administer their own laws and regulations, but only with federal approval, and only if the applicable state requirements are as stringent as the corresponding federal standards.
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Oregon is a “state-plan” state, which means it has its own safety and health plan, called the Oregon Safe Employment Act (OR Rev. Stat. Sec. 654.001 et seq.; OR Admin. Rules Sec. 437-001 et seq.), which has received federal approval. Oregon's Act covers employers in the private sector (businesses and nonprofit organizations) and the public sector (i.e., state and municipal governments, schools, and commissions). The state standards are identical to those of the federal Act, except for several additional safety rules that are stricter than federal rules. Oregon's Safe Employment Act is administered by the Department of Consumer and Business Services/Occupational Safety and Health Division (OR-OSHA).
The definition of “employer” that determines coverage under the state’s workplace safety and health rules includes private businesses and nonprofit organizations and state agencies, county governments, municipal governments or corporations, school districts, and other public corporations or subdivisions.
Hazard communication. The state authorizes OR-OSHA to issue subpoenas and protective orders, as well as stricter citations and administrative orders, concerning employee access to hazard information and medical records. There is additional information.
Personal protective equipment (PPE). High-temperature PPE must be provided to workers potentially exposed to molten ...

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