Rulemaking

Oregon OSHA 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.

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: Bryon Snapp, Oregon OSHA, 350 Winter Street NE, Salem OR 97301-3882. Telephone: 503-947-7448. Email: bryon.m.snapp@oregon.gov

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Summary: Oregon OSHA is tackling the challenge of the outdated permissible exposure limits (PELs).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 underprotective and expose employees in Oregon.

Timetable: ​Three meetings were held in 2016. We plan to reconvene mid-2017.

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

Walking-Working Surfaces - Division 2

Summary:​ Th​e rulemaking advisory committee is tasked with significant rulemaking for Oregon OSHA’s Division 2 rules. This advisory committee will be looking at the language and fiscal impact of the following subdivisions:

  • Division 2/D, Walking-Working Surfaces
  • Division 2/I, Personal Prote​ctive Equipment 
  • Division 2/A, General
  • Division 2/F, Adoption & Extension of Established Federal Standards
  • Division 2/L, Fire Protection
  • Division 2/N, Material Handling & Storage 
  • Division 2/R, Special Industries 
  • Division 2/RR, Electrical Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution
These rule changes are based on federal OSHA’s Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Protective Equipment (Fall Protection Systems) as published in the Federal Register, Vol. 81, No. 223 on Friday, Nov.18, 2016.​

Timetable: We expect to have proposed rules filed mid-February and public hearings scheduled in late March and early April, 2017. For more information and meeting minutes, visit the Walking-Working Surfaces advisory page.

Oregon OSHA staff contact: Bryon Snapp, Oregon OSHA, 350 Winter Street NE, Salem OR 97301-3882. Telephone: 503-947-7448. Email: bryon.m.snapp@oregon.gov​