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Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Rules in Development

The items listed below are projects Oregon OSHA is currently engaged in. These rules are in the pre-proposed stage. If you have questions about these projects, or are interested in participating in the process, use the Oregon OSHA staff contact information for the item of interest.


Permissible Exposure Limits (PELs)

Summary: Oregon OSHA is tackling the challenge of the outdated permissible exposure limits (PELs). We met with industry experts to determine which constituents have PELs that are under protective and expose employees in Oregon.

Timetable: The advisory committee met and decided to begin rulemaking for Lead and Manganese PELs. After these rulemakings are substantially completed, the advisory committee will meet again to discuss which PELs to do next.

Oregon OSHA staff contact:
Technical staff, Oregon OSHA
350 Winter Street NE
Salem OR 97301-3882
Telephone: 503-378-3272
Email: tech.web@oregon.gov


Lead (PEL)

Summary: As part of Oregon OSHA’s initiative to address outdated exposure limits, a stakeholder group was convened to address outdated limits for lead. The committee is comprised of representatives from a wide variety of businesses and organizations. If you would like to be a part of this group, please send an email to dave.mclaughlin@oregon.gov, and include your contact information and whom you represent.

Timetable: The first stakeholder meeting was July 12th. The stakeholder group met multiple times in 2017, and will reconvene meetings in early 2018. For meeting minutes and more information about the stakeholder group, see the Lead Advisory Committee page.

Oregon OSHA is working with the State of Washington Department of Occupational Safety and Health (WA-DOSH) for this rulemaking. Washington’s first meeting was June 29th. The WA-DOSH rulemaking page is: http://www.lni.wa.gov/Safety/Rules/WhatsNew/LeadSafety/

Oregon OSHA staff contact:
Dave McLaughlin, Oregon OSHA
350 Winter St NE
Salem OR 97301-3882
Telephone: 503-947-7457
Email: dave.mclaughlin@oregon.gov


Manganese (PEL)

Summary: The current PEL for Manganese compounds and Manganese fume in workplaces is a “ceiling limit” of 5 milligrams of the substance (as the element Mn) per cubic meter of air, An employee’s exposure to this substance must never exceed this concentration in the workplace atmosphere at any time during the work day. Based on the potential for adverse health effects, both the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) have recommended significantly more protective (lower) exposure limits for Manganese.

Timetable: The first stakeholder meeting was August 3, 2017. The stakeholder group met multiple times in 2017, and will reconvene meetings in early 2018. For meeting minutes and more information about the stakeholder group, see the Manganese Advisory Committee page.

Oregon OSHA is looking for additional stakeholders from affected industries and will be considering the economic impact of any proposed rule changes. If you are interested in being part of this stakeholder group, please send an email to kathleen.kincade@oregon.gov that includes your name, contact information, and whom you represent.

Oregon OSHA staff contact:
Kathleen Kincade, Oregon OSHA
350 Winter St NE
Salem OR 97301-3882
Telephone: 503-947-7452
Email: kathleen.kincade@oregon.gov


Employer Knowledge - Division 1

Summary: Oregon OSHA plans to complete rulemaking that addresses the issue of employer knowledge and the role of reasonable diligence in determining whether an employer has “constructive knowledge” of a violation in the worksite.

Timetable: A small group of stakeholders met in the summer of 2015 and reconvened in the spring of 2016. For more information and meeting minutes, visit the Employer Knowledge advisory page.

Oregon OSHA staff contact:
Technical Staff, Oregon OSHA
350 Winter Street NE
Salem OR 97301-3882
Telephone: 503-947-7448
Email: tech.web@oregon.gov


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