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Interagency agreements

Oregon OSHA is considered a "state-plan state," which means that most authority for workplace safety regulation falls to state government. There are a few exceptions for federally managed programs, including tribal relations, maritime, and federal government operations.

In 2005 we received final determination to fully manage our own OSHA program. The key document reflecting our operation is the Oregon OSHA State Plan narrative.

To further clarify jurisdiction and promote cooperative working relationships with federal OSHA and other state agencies, we have a set of interagency agreements or Memorandums of Understandings (MOUs). The full set of MOUs is presented here in three categories: general, clarifying our jurisdictional arrangement with federal OSHA; federal, clarifying jurisdiction with other federal agencies operating in Oregon; and state, clarifying jurisdictional responsibilities with other Oregon state or federal agencies.


These general agreements spell out jurisdiction in Oregon between federal OSHA and Oregon OSHA:

G1: Operational Status Agreement
Operational Status Agreement between OSHA and Oregon OSHA

G2: Agreement between OSHA Region 10 and Oregon OSHA
Subject: Umatilla Chemical Agent Disposal Facility

G3: Agreement between OSHA Region 10 and Oregon OSHA
Subject: Emergency response coordination

G4: Agreement between OSHA Region 10 and Oregon OSHA
Subject: Federal - Special Government Employees (SGE) on State of Oregon VPP sites


These federal agreements flow down to Oregon OSHA and spell out jurisdiction between us and various federal agencies:

F1: OSHA and U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration 

F2: OSHA and U.S. Coast Guard

F3: OSHA and MSHA (Mine Safety and Health Administration)

F4: OSHA and U.S. NRC (Nuclear Regulatory Commission)

F5: OSHA and FAA (Federal Aviation Administration)

F6: OSHA and US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board on Chemical Incident Investigations


These state agreements clarify jurisdiction and working agreements between Oregon OSHA and other state or federal agencies:

S1: Oregon OSHA and BOLI, Civil Rights Division
Subject: Discrimination

S2: Oregon OSHA and BOLI, Wage & Hour Division
Subject: Farm worker camps

S5: Oregon OSHA and DEQ
Subject: Asbestos

S6: Oregon OSHA and Oregon State Fire Marshal
Subject: Fire and hazardous materials

S7: Oregon OSHA and Oregon Department of Agriculture
Subject: Pesticides

S8: Oregon OSHA and DHS/Public Health Division/Office of Environmental Public Health
Subject: Ionizing and non-ionizing radiation

S9: Oregon OSHA and U.S. EPA
Subject: Worker Protection Standard

S10: Oregon OSHA, U.S. EPA Region 10, and others
Subject: Clean Air Act

S11: Oregon OSHA and Oregon Pesticide Analytical and Response System
Subject: Pesticides

S12: Oregon Health Licensing Agency
Subject: Formaldehyde Hazards

S14: Oregon OSHA, Oregon Department of Housing and Community Services, and Oregon Department of Revenue
Subject: Farm worker camps, New/Renovated Housing Tax Credits

*S15: Center for Health Promotion and Prevention (OHA), Oregon OSHA, and the Oregon Health Authority, Public Health Division, Adult Lead and Epidemiology Surveillance
Subject: Public Health Division providing lead testing
* Including Amendment #1

S16: Oregon Public Utility Commission and Oregon OSHA
Subject: Jurisdiction, responsibility, and investigations

S17: Oregon OSHA and Oregon Employment Department
Subject: Agricultural Labor Housing (H2A)

S18: Oregon Health Authority, Oregon Department of Agriculture, and Oregon OSHA
Subject: Enforcement of Governor's Executive Orders 20-07 and 20-12 for Establishments Offering Food or Drink

S-19: Oregon OSHA and OLCC IAA
Regulations and Enforcement of Licensed Marijuana Producers and Extraction Processors