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.
The Occupational Safety and Health Division (OR-OSHA) administers and enforces safety and health requirements in private and public sector workplaces.
OR-OSHA is a government division within the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services. OR-OSHA’s main functions are the same as for federal OSHA; the agency protects workers from occupational hazards through inspections, enforcement, education, and assistance to employers.
The Oregon Safe Employment Act gives OR-OSHA primary responsibility for overseeing workplace safety and health by:
- Enforcement. Compliance officers inspect workplaces, provide pre-job conferences to employers, and offer hazard-abatement assistance to employers that have received citations. Compliance officers also conduct workplace inspections on referral and complaints of unsafe working conditions. Other ...