The plan identifies the Oregon Workmen's Compensation Board as the State agency designated to
administer the plan. It adopts the definition of occupational safety and health issues expressed in 1902.2(c)(1) of this chapter. The plan contains a
standards comparison of existing and proposed State standards with Federal standards. All proposed standards except those found in 1910.13, 1910.14,
1910.15, and 1910.16 (ship repairing, shipbuilding, ship breaking and longshoring) will be adopted and enforced after public hearings within 1 year
following approval of the plan.
The plan provides a description of personnel employed under a merit system; the coverage of
employees of political subdivisions; procedures for the development and promulgation of standards; procedures for prompt and effective standards
setting action for the protection of employees against new and unforeseen hazards; and procedures for the prompt restraint of imminent danger
The plan includes proposed draft legislation to be considered by the Oregon Legislature during its
1973 session amending chapter 654 of Oregon Revised Statutes to bring it into conformity with the requirements of Part 1902 of this chapter. Under the
proposed legislation, the workmen's compensation board will have full authority to enforce and administer all laws and rules protecting employee
health and safety in all places of employment in the State. The legislation further proposes to bring the State into conformity in areas such as
variances and protection of employees from hazards.
The legislation is also intended to insure inspections in response to complaints; employer and
employee representatives' opportunity to accompany inspectors and to call attention to possible violations before, during and after inspections;
notification of employees or their representatives when no compliance action is taken as a result of alleged violations, including informal review;
notification of employees of their protections; protection of employees against discharge or discrimination in terms and conditions of employment;
adequate safeguards to protect trade secrets; provision for prompt notice to employers and employees of alleged violations of standards and abatement
requirements; effective sanctions against employers for violations of standards and orders; employer right of review of alleged violations, abatement
periods and proposed penalties to the workmen's compensation board and employee participation in review proceedings. The plan also proposes to develop
a program to encourage voluntary compliance by employers and employees.
The plan includes a statement of the Governor's support for the legislative amendments and legal
opinion that the draft legislation will meet the requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 and is consistent with the
constitution and laws of Oregon. The plan sets out goals and provides a timetable for bringing it into full conformity with Part 1902 upon enactment
of the proposed legislation.
The Oregon plan includes the following documents as of the date of approval:
The plan description document with appendices.
Appendix G, the standards comparison.
Letter from M. Keith Wilson, chairman, workmen's compensation board to the Assistant Secretary, June
30, 1972, on product standards.
Letter from M. Keith Wilson to James Lake, regional administrator, June 30, 1972, clarifying
employee sanction provisions.
Letter with attachments from M. Keith Wilson to the Assistant Secretary, September 5, 1972,
clarifying several issues raised during the review process.
Letter from the commissioners of the workmen's compensation board to the Assistant Secretary,
December 4, 1972, clarifying the remaining issues raised during the review process.
Also available for inspection and copying with the plan documents will be the public comments received
and a transcript of the public hearing held September 27, 1972.
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