Agricultural Employer

Small Agricultural Employer Advisory Committee


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.

Current activity

The Small Agricultural Employer Advisory Committee was reconvened in March 2017 to discuss three rules proposed last year, but not adopted into Division 4/W, Agriculture/Worker Protection Standard with recent amendments adopted in February 2017.

The committee is asked to consider possible changes to draft rules: OAR 437-004-6405 Compliance Alternative for Protected Spaces; 437-004-6406 Spray Drift; and, 40 CFR 170.405(a) Entry restrictions associated with pesticide applications. All three draft rules concern aspects of the application exclusion zone (AEZ).


The full committee held meetings over the past several months.

A series of small-focus-group meeting are being held to discuss AEZ, and Innovation, with the next meeting at the Portland area Field Office Training Room on July 26th, 10:00 a.m. to noon.

The full committee is scheduled to meet again on Tuesday, August 8th between 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. at the Portland area Field Office Training Room to discuss the outcomes of the smaller groups and to start a draft of a proposal.

The tentative plan is​ to file proposed rules with the Secretary of State by mid September 2017, conduct public hearings, receive comments, and adopt rules in time for them to go into effect January 1, 2018 – same effective date as the Worker protection standard rules adopted in February 2017.

*Notice: (Feb. 16, 2018) Comment period extended to allow comment on amended statement of need and fiscal impact and Worker Protection Standard proposed rules.


Recent Rulemaking Activities:

Oregon OSHA administers the worker safety and health parts of the pesticide Worker Protection Standard (WPS -- 40 CFR 170) in the Agriculture rules as Division 4\W.  In response to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s recent changes to the WPS at the federal level, Oregon OSHA, working with the SAEAC, initiated rule-making in March of 2016, and proposed Oregon’s revisions in October, 2016. 

On February 14, 2017,  Oregon OSHA adopted most of the proposed WPS revisions from 40 CFR 170.301 through 170.607 into our rules “by reference.” However, Oregon OSHA ‘s adopted rules do not include all sections of the EPA’s revised rules; and include six new Oregon Administrative Rules (OARs) that reflect specific requirements for employers in Oregon. 

In addition, Oregon OSHA announced that it will reconsider some details of the 2016 WPS proposal through a separate public rulemaking process centered on the EPA’s new Application Exclusion Zone (AEZ) requirements and Oregon OSHA’s compliance alternatives for protected spaces.  Working again with the SAEAC, the expected result will be a revised proposal initiated in time for it to take effect with the other modified sections of the WPS. 

Due in part to the separate 2017 rulemaking, and in order to ease the transition to the modified rule requirements, Oregon OSHA is delaying implementation and enforcement of all the modified WPS requirements until Jan. 1, 2018. The adopted rules are available on our adopted rules page.

Through December 31, 2017, Oregon OSHA will continue to enforce compliance with Subparts A, B, and C of the unchanged WPS rules (Division 4/W, 170.1 through 170.260.)

Worker Protection Standard reference information

Comparison of old and new rule requirements

FAQs about revised rules and the application exclusion zone (AEZ)

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Oregon OSHA contact

Garnet Cooke