Small Agricultural Employer Advisory Committee
Notice: December 23, 2016 - Worker Protection Standard Details Delay Decision
The purpose of the Small Agricultural Employer Advisory Committee (SAEAC) is to strengthen the partnership of Oregon OSHA and the private sector. The group's mission is to address issues affecting the agriculture industry. Members of the group include representatives of labor, employers, grower organizations, and government and related non-profit agencies.
Oregon OSHA administers the worker safety and health part of the Environmental Protection Agency's (pesticide) Worker Protection Standard (40 CFR 170) as Division 4\W. The EPA designated Jan. 2, 2016, as its effective date for its recent revisions to the WPS. However, through the end of 2016, both EPA and Oregon OSHA are enforcing compliance only with the sections consistent with the previous WPS rules (Subparts A, B, and C of the revised rule).
In response to EPA's recent changes to the WPS at the federal level, Oregon OSHA initiated rule-making in March of 2016.
Working with the Agricultural Employer Advisory Committee, Oregon OSHA has proposed rules that adopt most of the EPA's WPS revisions (40 CFR 170.301 through 170.609) into our rules “by reference.” We plan to meet the federal effective dates for the revised regulations. However, Oregon OSHA ‘s proposed rules DO NOT INCLUDE the adoption of all sections of the EPA’s revised rules into Division 4/W. Oregon OSHA proposes to adopt nine new Oregon Administrative Rules (OARs) that reflect specific requirements for employers in Oregon.
Links to the EPA's rules and interpretive documents are available in the reference information below.
Worker Protection Standard reference information
Oregon OSHA’s proposed WPS rules and documents filed Oct. 14, 2016
EPA's Worker Protection Standard rule revisions
EPA's information about revisions to the Worker Protection Standard
Comparison of old and new rule requirements
FAQs about revised rules and the application exclusion zone (AEZ)