About Oregon OSHA
Our mission is to advance and improve workplace safety and health for all workers in Oregon.
In 1971, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 became part of national labor law. Two years later, Oregon passed its own occupational safety and health legislation, the Oregon Safe Employment Act (OSEA). OSEA authorized Oregon OSHA to enforce the state's workplace safety and health rules.
What we do
We're dedicated to improving workplace safety and health in Oregon and committed to working with labor, business, and other government agencies to reach that goal. We do that in the following ways.
We inspect workplaces based on valid complaints, serious injuries, and fatalities.
Appeals and informal conferences
We review citations that are challenged and conduct informal conferences with employers throughout the state. Informal conferences resolve about 90 percent of appealed cases. We refer unresolved cases are referred to the Workers Compensation Board Hearings Division.
We operate a nationally certified occupational health laboratory in Portland where we analyze samples of hazardous substances that workers may be exposed to.
Our consultants can help you reduce lost-time accident costs and show you how to make your workplace safer by developing a complete program to manage safety and health, specifically in areas of industrial hygiene, ergonomics, and workplace safety.
Standards and technical resources
Our technical specialist help write and publish Oregon's rules for occupational safety and health. You can call or email them to get help understanding and applying the rules to your workplace. They will also point you to our publications that help explain the rules in an easy to understand and practical way.
The Oregon OSHA Resource Center has a lending library offering hundreds of videos and an extensive collection of books and journals covering all aspects of workplace safety and health. You can order publications online or through our resource center.
Classes cover basic safety and health management, safety committee activities, recordkeeping, accident investigations, ergonomics, hazard communication, fall protection, and lockout/tagout.
Oregon OSHA co-hosts conferences throughout Oregon that allow employees and employers to learn and share ideas with local and nationally recognized safety and health professionals. The Governor's Occupational Safety and Health Conference in Portland is held every two years and is the Pacific Northwest's largest safety and health show.
Scholarships and training grants
The education and training grant program awards grants to nonprofit organizations, labor groups, and educational institutions to develop new training materials in the area of workplace safety and health for Oregon employees and employers.
Oregon students who have lost a parent in a workplace accident or had a parent suffer a debilitating job-related injury may be eligible for the Workers’ Memorial Scholarship. Students can find the application on the Oregon Student Access Commission website: www.oregonstudentaid.gov.
Oregon OSHA has field offices across Oregon. If you have questions or need information, call us toll-free, (800) 922-2689, or call the office nearest you.