Frequently Asked Questions
This page serves as a central index for all types of frequently asked questions.
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Additional FAQ pages
- Whom can I ask for clarification?
- What is compliance assistance?
- After an employer has received a citation, a compliance officer may assist in correcting the hazard at the request of the employer.
- What is a program directive?
- A program directive clarifies a rule, implements a policy or procedure, or conveys urgent information. Program Directive A-0 explains how program directives are written and revised. Program directives are listed by number and by subject.
- What is a letter of interpretation?
- What is Oregon OSHA's jurisdiction?
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- Do I need a forklift operator's license?
- There is no forklift operator license. Forklift operators must be certified.
- Rule 1910.178(l)(6) states: "The employer shall certify that each operator has been trained and evaluated as required by this paragraph (l). The certification shall include the name of the operator, the date of the training, the date of the evaluation, and the identity of the person(s) performing the training or evaluation." If you have any question about certification, please contact us.
- What records do I have to keep?
- What do I have to know about fall protection?
- What do I have to know about lockout/tagout?
- What posters are required?
- Do I have to purchase these posters?
- How do I find a rule?
- Oregon OSHA maintains a Rules and Compliance page that allows you to find rules by division. Each division has a search box to help you find specific rules for that division. If you have additional questions, feel free to contact us.
- Which rules apply to my business?
- Our rules are divided into divisions based upon the industry; all employers, general industry, construction, agriculture, maritime activities, and forest activities. We have topics pages that divide up the rules even further, and help you find out how our rules apply to your workplace.
- What do the divisions mean?
- A division is a section, or group, of rules that have something in common.
- Which divisions apply to me?
- Division 1 applies to all employers in addition to the rules specified by its relevant division. Division 2 applies to employers not covered by Divisions 3-7. Division 3 applies to construction. Division 4 applies to agriculture. Division 5 applies to maritime activities. Division 7 applies to forest activities.
- Where are the rules for young workers?
- Oregon OSHA has a Young Workers page to increase young workers' awareness of the importance of occupational safety and health.
- Do I need a safety committee? Safety Committees and Safety Meetings Fact Sheet
- How do I find out when new publications or rules are released?
- Where can I find information about upcoming Oregon OSHA trainings and events?
- How do I apply for a variance?
- Variances are applied for when an employer cannot comply with a rule but can protect their employees by using other methods that are as safe, or safer than what is required by the rule. The need to apply for a variance is infrequent but the information on how to apply is found in Division 1, OAR 437-001-0400.