Oregon Right to Know/ Hazard Communication laws & HR compliance analysis

Oregon Right to Know/ Hazard Communication: What you need to know

The hazard communication standard (HCS), or worker “right-to-know” laws, regulate how information about workplace chemical hazards is communicated to employees. There is additional information and a detailed discussion of the federal regulations.
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Oregon is a “state plan” state, which means it has its own work safety regulatory program, the Oregon Safe Employment Act (OR Rev. Stat. Sec. 654.001et seq.; and hazard communication rules atOR Admin. Rules Sec. 437-002-0360, OR Admin. Rules Sec. 437-002-0377, and OR Admin. Rules Sec. 437-002-0378et seq. ), and has received federal authorization to enforce it. The state act governs both the private and public sector workplaces.
Oregon has adopted the federal HCS by reference and has added its own rules that are stricter than federal rules for pipe labeling, and training and education for agricultural workers.
Labeling of pipes. All pipes and piping systems (including valves and pipe coverings) that contain hazardous substances or that use asbestos as a pipe insulation material in the workplace must be labeled. The hazardous contents of the piping must be identified with lettered labels with sufficient detail to identify the hazard. The employer may use signs, placards, process sheets, batch tickets, operating procedures, or other written materials in lieu of affixing labels to individual pipes, as long as the alternative method identifies the pipe(s).
Agricultural hand laborers. Agricultural hand laborers must be given a copy of the OR-OSHA brochure titled “Safe Practices When Working Around Hazardous Agricultural Chemicals.” The brochure contains information on personal hygiene, personal protective equipment, general ...

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