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Oregon OSHA celebrates success in strengthening workplace safety and health

Oregon OSHA celebrates success in strengthening workplace safety and health

For five decades, the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division has provided a variety of services and built collaborative relationships on behalf of worker safety and health. As we commemorate our 50th anniversary, we invite the public to learn more about who we are and what we do.

This video highlights Oregon OSHA’s history, services, partnerships, and successes. Part documentary and part celebration, the video delves into the division’s purpose, programs, and achievements on behalf of worker safety and health. It includes interviews with past and current Oregon OSHA employees. It illustrates the importance of collaboration and continuous improvement.

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The law that paved the way

Oregon OSHA was created by the July 22, 1973, adoption of the groundbreaking Oregon Safe Employment Act. Passage of the state law followed the 1970 Occupational Safety and Health Act, which authorized the federal government to set and enforce safety and health requirements across the United States.

Governor Tom McCall

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Turning points in our history

Part of Oregon’s workers’ compensation system, Oregon OSHA focuses on prevention-based services to identify and correct workplace safety and health hazards; advise employers on building up their safety and health programs; and to empower workers to understand their right – under the Safe Employment Act – to a safe and healthy workplace. Our history includes several lasting legislative and program changes.

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People, partnerships, and results

Who is Oregon OSHA? We are creative problem solvers dedicated to the mission of advancing and improving safety and health for all workers in Oregon. We conduct inspections, provide consultations, offer education and guidance, and more. We build and maintain partnerships with labor, business, and other government agencies. Our work creates safer and healthier workplaces.

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