What workplaces do we inspect?
The Safe Employment Act gives Oregon OSHA the authority to inspect Oregon workplaces for safety or health hazards. The legal term for this authority is called jurisdiction. Most Oregon employers are under Oregon OSHA’s jurisdiction, which means our compliance officers have a legal right to inspect their workplaces. However, some Oregon employers are not under our jurisdiction.
- Independent contractors, sole proprietors, and partnerships that have no workers’ compensation insurance coverage and no employees.
- Corporations that have an owner as the sole employee and have no workers’ compensation insurance coverage.
- Corporate family farms that employ only family members.
In addition, Oregon OSHA does not have jurisdiction over:
- Most maritime operations on navigable waters
- Commercial diving activities originating from an object afloat
- Construction activities on floating vessels in navigable waters
- The U.S. Postal Service
- U.S. military installations
- Tribal and Indian-owned enterprises
More information about Oregon OSHA’s jurisdiction is on our Jurisdiction page.