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Like cultivating a crop, cultivating a safe workplace requires commitment and knowing what to do. Oregon OSHA’s most violated agriculture rules include: toilet and hand washing facilities for hand labor work, living areas and site requirements for agricultural labor housing, no safety committees or safety meetings, and no written hazard communication program.

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  • English
    • Application Exclusion Zone (AEZ) Explained
      This video explains Oregon OSHA's application exclusion zone in the worker protection standard
      English   Length: 5 minutes  
    • U.S. Agricultural Safety and Health Centers YouTube Channel
      This channel is a joint effort by all 10 Agricultural Safety and Health Centers to share the videos we have created. Video playlists include: Heat Illness (Español/Spanish)​, Livestock Safety, Forestry and Logging Safety, Needlestick Prevention, Pesticide Safety​, and many more.
      English   Length: various  
    • Work Smarter Not Harder grant projects video
      Developed by the Oregon Association of Nurserymen by a workplace education and training grant from Oregon Occupational Safety and Health (Oregon OSHA)
      English   Length: 15:06 minutes  
  • Spanish

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​COVID-19-Related Rule Updates

Infectious Disease Rulemaking

Infectious Disease Advisory Committee

Proposed permanent rule January 29, 2021​​
Comparison of proposed permanent rule and existing temporary rule

April 6, 2021 - The public comment period for “Oregon OSHA’s Proposal on Rules Addressing the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency in All Oregon Workplaces” closed April 2, with more than 5,000 comments that are still being logged. We expect to make a decision before the existing rule expires on May 4. We have previously committed that anything required by the new rule that is not required by the existing temporary rule will have a delayed effective date. We are not taking any more feedback and we will not be able to provide any more specific details regarding timing of the decision.

Temporary Rule​ and Appendix ​Addressing COVID-19 Workplace Risks (AO 3-2020, November 6, 2020AO 4-2020 December 11, 2020)


Clarifying the Relationship between Temporary COVID-19 Rulemaking and other ongoing rulemaking activities.
Spanish - Aclarando la relación entre la reglamentación temporal sobre el COVID-19 y otras actividades en curso de reglamentación.


Labor Housing Rulemaking

Notice of Proposed Rules Addressing the COVID-19 Workplace Requirements for Employer-Provided Labor Housing

Petition to Amend 437-004-1120 Agricultural Labor Housing and Related Facilities in response to the COVID-19 temporary rule (Jan. 4, 2021)


The Temporary rule addressing the COVID-19 emergency in employer-provided housing, labor-intensive agricultural operations, and agricultural transportation was set to expire on October 24, 2020. On October 23, 2020 Governor Brown issued an Executive Order (20-58) extending the requirements of employer-provided housing (Section 2) of the Temporary Rule. Labor-intensive agricultural operation (Section 1) and agricultural transportation (Section 3) of the temporary rule expired on October 24, 2020 and are no longer in effect.

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