Tools of the Trade

The Oregon Safe Employment Act - It's why we are here

Enacted by the legislature in 1973, the Oregon Safe Employment Act is the heart for workplace safety and health in Oregon. The act ensures safe and healthful working conditions for all working Oregonians and authorizes Oregon OSHA to enforce the state's workplace safety and health rules.

We don’t expect you to read all 13,000 words in the act, but you should take a few minutes to read the 400 words in sect​ions 654.010 through 654.022​. They require you to provide your employees with a safe and healthful workplace - one of the most important things you can do for them.

Learn more about why we’re here: Explore the history of workplace safety in Oregon with this slideshow​.​

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