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The state of Oregon, under an agreement with OSHA, operates an occupational safety and health program in accordance with Section 18 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. The Oregon State Plan was submitted on April 28, 1972, and received certification for completing all developmental steps on September 24, 1982. In May of 2005, after public review and comment, and a comprehensive program evaluation, OSHA granted final approval to the Oregon Program.
The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division (OR-OSHA) is part of the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services. Oregon OSHA is headquartered in Salem, and has field offices in Portland, Salem, Eugene, Medford, Pendleton and Bend.
The state of Oregon exercises safety and health jurisdiction over most private sector employers in the state, and over public sector employers other than the federal government.
Federal OSHA exercises jurisdiction over those employers not covered by the state of Oregon, to include: maritime employers such as shipyards, marine construction, marine terminals, longshoring, and diving; private contractors on military reservations and at Crater Lake National Park; the United States Postal Service; civilian employees of federal installations, and Indian Reservations. See 29 CFR 1952.105.
Regulations and Standards
Over the years, Oregon has adopted a number of major safety and health standards that, while deemed as effective as comparable federal standards, also have significant differences. Oregon has also adopted a number of state-initiated rules for which there are no federal counterparts, including Forest Activity Standards, Agriculture Standards, Firefighter Standards, and Pesticide Worker Protection Standards.
Oregon OSHA's rules are separated into divisions. Division 1 applies to all Oregon employers and contains general rules for the administration of the Oregon Safe Employment Act. Division 2 contains general industry rules; Division 3 contains construction industry rules; Division 4 contains rules relating to agricultural operations; Division 5 contains rules relating to maritime/shipyard operations, and Division 7 contains rules relating to forest activities, including logging.
The Oregon Safe Employment Act, rules in the various divisions, letters of interpretation, recent rule activity, and sign-up for email notification of rule updates can be accessed on the Oregon website in the Rules and Compliance section.
Oregon OSHA enforcement information is available at (503) 378-3272 and (800) 922-2689.
Voluntary and Cooperative Programs
Oregon OSHA operates successful VPP and SHARP programs. Oregon OSHA also offers safety and health assistance to Oregon employers through a voluntary on-site Consultation Program.
Policies and Procedures
Oregon OSHA Program Directives
Informal Conferences and Appeals
Appeals specialists review appealed citations and conduct informal conferences in an effort to resolve contested cases. Appealed cases not resolved by informal conferences are referred to the Workers' Compensation Board Hearings Division. Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) in the Hearings Division conduct contested case hearings for Oregon OSHA citations and orders. Orders of the Workers' Compensation Board may be appealed to the Oregon Court of Appeals.
Workers’ Compensation Board
2601 25th St SE, Ste 150
Salem, OR 97302-1280
Phone: (503) 378-3308
1-877-311-8061 - Salem
1-866-880-2078 - Portland
Oregon OSHA offers a wide variety of compliance assistance materials and services via its public internet site. Examples include:
OSHA makes every effort to ensure that the information on this page is accurate and up to date, but changes in state law and procedures affecting the information on this page are beyond OSHA's control. Contact state program staff directly to verify important information.