Oregon Foot Protection laws & safety compliance analysis

Oregon Foot Protection: What you need to know

Oregon has adopted by reference the federal workplace rules for foot protection (OAR 437-002-0120) in general industry, and added its own provisions for the use of leg protection that are stricter than federal rules.

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The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services/Occupational Safety and Health Division (OR-OSHA) administers and enforces safety and health requirements in private and public sector workplaces.

OAR 437-002-0134(11)

Leggings or high boots of leather, rubber, or other suitable material must be worn by employees exposed to hot substances or dangerous chemical spills.

Employees using chain saws must wear chaps or leg protectors that cover the leg from the upper thigh to midcalf. The protector must be material designed to resist cuts from the chain saw. Employers must provide this protection at no cost to the employee.

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