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A new look at Oregon OSHA's top violations for 2017​​

You have probably seen the annual lists of top OSHA violations. The lists typically rank the violations, starting with the “most violated” rule. This list starts with Oregon OSHA’s 25 most-violated rules for 2017, then factors in each rule’s percentage of serious violations – including repeat and willful – and the average penalty per violation.

The result is a list that describes 15 categories of frequently violated safety and health rules – equally weighted by percentage of serious violations and average penalty per violation.​

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Administrator's Message

In workplace health and safety, sure and steady wins the race

Few of us are attracted by the notion of being the tortoise. But the classic fable of the tortoise and the hare offers an important reminder to all of us who work to make Oregon a safer place to work.

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Did you know?

Keeping workers safe doesn’t have to be complicated. But if you’re wondering where to begin – or looking to freshen up your knowledge of the topic – a good place to start is Oregon OSHA’s “The Foundation of a Safe Workplace.

The fundamentals of a sound safety and health program are based on seven key management activities:

  • Management leadership
  • Hazard anticipation and detection
  • Hazard prevention and control
  • Planning and evaluation
  • Administration and supervision
  • Safety and health training
  • Employee participation

Meanwhile, Oregon OSHA isn’t just about enforcing on-the-job safety and health rules. We offer no-cost, confidential consultation services, Tools of the Trade for small employers and those who are starting a business, and education and training. And you can contact our technical staff about how to apply our rules to your workplace: 503-378-3272; toll free, 800-922-2689 (inside Oregon only); email,​.


Safety shouldn't be about just following the rules.”

~ David Rabiner, partner in Portland-based Rabiner Resources, a public speaking, training, facilitating, and coaching firm, on the importance of going beyone compliance and achieving commitment.​


  • Inspections at employer worksites in Oregon are based primarily on inspection targeting lists, complaints, accidents (including fatalities), and referrals.
  • Sixty-one percent of inspections were initiated from several program-planned lists, according to a 2016 report on Oregon’s workers’ compensation system.
  • Complaints received by Oregon OSHA about the safety or health conditions at worksites comprised 23 percent of inspections.
  • Accidents and fatalities at Oregon worksites made up 5 percent of the inspections.
  • About 11 percent of inspections were related to referrals, monitoring, follow-ups, and program-related activities.​

Learn more about Oregon OSHA’s enforcement process.

New Oregon OSHA rules effective this year 

Three new Oregon OSHA rules became effective Jan. 1, 2018, and two others become effective later in the year. Do you know what they are? Will they affect your workplace? This information might help.​

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Don't Miss Out

Save the dates for these two conferences!

Cascade Occupational Safety & Health Conference in Eugene, March 5 & 6, 2018

Northwest Safety & Health Summit in Anchorage, Alaska, May 1-3, 2018

Upcoming education workshops in Bend, Medford, and Wilsonville.

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Safety Notes

Event: Animal bite
Industry: Veterinary and behavioral care for pets
Worker: Nursing aide

An anxious cat scratched and bit a worker multiple times.

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Going the distance

Employer: Sherwin-Williams, Purdy

Environmental, health, and safety namager​: Cliff Butler

Workforce: Purdy is a paint brush and roller manufacturing operation providing hand-crafted paint brushes worldwide. It employs more than 300 people.

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Ask Technical

We are a hardware store and lumber yard with 60 employees; one person is CPR trained. Are we required to have more than one CPR-trained employee? If so how many?​

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