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Workplace safety and health

Highlights

  • In 2018, Oregon OSHA conducted over 2,500 consultations.
  • In federal fiscal year 2018, Oregon OSHA staff members conducted almost 3,300 inspections. More than 5,100 violations of safety and health standards were cited on about 2,200 citations. Penalties assessed for these employer violations in federal fiscal year 2018 were $3.1 million.

Oregon OSHA and Federal OSHA

Oregon OSHA provides leadership and support to business and labor through consultative services, enforcement programs, voluntary services, conferences and workshops, technical resources, publications, and a resource center.

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 went into effect in 1971. The Oregon version of this legislation, the Oregon Safe Employment Act (OSEA), was passed in 1973. The OSEA is now administered through a state-plan agreement with federal OSHA.

In May 2005, Oregon became the 17th state to gain final approval for meeting the requirements of the 1970 federal act. This approval means federal OSHA formally relinquished enforcement authority in areas under Oregon OSHA jurisdiction. Many states that have received this recognition employ rules that are identical to federal requirements. In contrast, Oregon has designed its safety standards based on Oregon’s unique working conditions. Therefore, the approval of a plan that differs substantially from the federal program is an important achievement. Even with final state plan approval, federal OSHA continues to fund a portion of Oregon OSHA’s budget and annually monitors its performance through the five-year strategic plan.

Consultative services

Oregon OSHA staff members provide consultative services. This function was added to the department’s duties through Senate Bill 2900 in 1987 and expanded with the passage of SB 1197 in 1990. Consultative services help Oregon employers identify hazards and work practices that could lead to injuries or illnesses. Employers are provided recommendations for correcting identified hazards and for improving their safety and health programs.

Oregon OSHA consultations

Participants in recognition programs:
Year Consultations opened Employees affected SHARP VPP
1988 502 N/A - -
1989 671 N/A - -
1990 943 102,739 - -
1991 1,741 250,623 - -
1992 2,491 342,683 - -
1993 2,089 249,387 - -
1994 2,482 256,604 - -
1995 2,153 231,113 - -
1996 1,854 233,732 4 -
1997 1,828 153,922 9 1
1998 2,050 219,565 24 2
1999 2,127 233,665 42 3
2000 2,505 241,965 50 4
2001 2,828 260,695 69 4
2002 2,457 219,418 75 6
2003 2,060 230,245 80 9
2004 2,094 229,130 86 8
2005 2,124 187,449 104 9
2006 2,283 221,157 107 13
2007 2,098 203,369 126 16
2008 2,542 209,525 142 23
2009 2,898 268,631 161 24
2010 2,693 159,305 196 27
2011 2,652 158,535 174 28
2012 2,735 160,682 163 27
2013 2,546 108,628 168 22
2014 2,638 106,361 172 20
2015 2,534 97,753 173 21
2016 2,603 102,569 180 22
2017 2,465 80,349 180 21
2018 2,508 92,815 182 22

Oregon OSHA inspections

Inspections at employer worksites in Oregon are based primarily on inspection targeting lists, complaints, accidents (including fatalities), and referrals.

Oregon OSHA inspections

Federal fiscal year Inspections Workers covered by inspections Percent in compliance
1988 5,697 147,414 23.3%
1989 5,136 167,432 24.2%
1990 4,826 164,052 21.4%
1991 5,506 163,807 18.8%
1992 5,739 206,170 17.7%
1993 5,613 245,929 20.1%
1994 5,022 262,509 20.9%
1995 5,470 227,412 25.2%
1996 5,181 195,375 26.2%
1997 4,555 182,058 28.2%
1998 5,172 152,324 28.0%
1999 5,435 168,258 30.7%
2000 5,069 165,151 28.2%
2001 5,370 197,722 27.8%
2002 5,642 196,193 26.1%
2003 5,355 217,724 26.4%
2004 5,097 207,463 24.9%
2005 4,890 274,457 22.2%
2006 4,873 355,103 26.2%
2007 5,049 244,111 25.5%
2008 5,248 221,994 23.7%
2009 5,542 212,372 24.0%
2010 5,261 132,245 27.3%
2011 4,592 105,395 29.5%
2012 4,101 127,109 28.6%
2013 4,192 101,955 31.5%
2014 4,244 127,150 32.3%
2015 4,183 131,272 32.7%
2016 3,946 105,574 31.5%
2017 3,787 92,859 31.5%
2018 3,288 95,849 31.7%

Oregon OSHA citations, violations, and proposed penalties

Federal fiscal year Citations Violations Penalties ($ millions)
1988 4,368 15,735 $1.9
1989 3,892 12,364 $1.5
1990 3,794 14,009 $2.8
1991 4,472 17,118 $2.8
1992 4,721 19,424 $3.2
1993 4,485 17,611 $4.7
1994 3,970 15,292 $4.6
1995 4,093 15,302 $5.8
1996 3,823 12,434 $2.9
1997 3,269 10,359 $3.9
1998 3,725 11,366 $2.4
1999 3,767 11,433 $3.0
2000 3,642 11,094 $2.3
2001 3,879 12,701 $2.4
2002 4,170 12,703 $2.1
2003 3,940 11,700 $2.3
2004 3,827 11,805 $2.4
2005 3,805 11,376 $2.0
2006 3,595 10,020 $2.4
2007 3,759 10,495 $2.4
2008 4,004 10,623 $2.5
2009 4,214 11,582 $3.1
2010 3,825 10,311 $1.7
2011 3,238 8,605 $2.0
2012 2,928 7,676 $1.7
2013 2,873 7,308 $1.8
2014 2,872 7,123 $2.0
2015 2,815 6,840 $2.0
2016 2,704 6,306 $2.1
2017 2,594 6,137 $2.5
2018 2,246 5,127 $3.1

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