Month: February 2023

February 13, 2023

Oregon Legislative Proposals – SB 592 – Proposes Dramatic Expansion of OR-OSHA Authority. Increase in OR-OSHA Penalties; OR-OSHA Authority to Issue Repeat Violations Expanded; Current Small Business Penalty Adjustment Provision Undermined; OR-OSHA Authority to Impose Abatement Measures expanded; and OR-OSHA Inspection Authority Expanded.

Senate Bill 592 was introduced during the current legislative assembly by the Senate Labor & Business Committee Chair, Senator Kathleen Taylor, D – District 21 – Milwaukie, Oak Grove, SE & NE Portland.   Increase OR-OSHA Penalties. SB 592 removes the current provision in the…

February 13, 2023

Oregon Legislative Proposals – SB 668 Prohibits OR-OSHA fine related to alleged COVID-19 violation if no outbreak of COVID-19.

Senate Bill 668 was recently introduced by Senators Knopp, Anderson and Girod during the 82nd Oregon Legislative Assembly.  The bill proposes to create a new statute within ORS Chapter 654, which governs Oregon OSHA. The proposed statute will prohibit OR-OSHA from imposing a civil penalty…

February 13, 2023

Oregon Legislative Proposals – HB 2143 would Rein in OR-OSHA Wildfire Smoke and Heat Illness Rules.

House Bill 2134 (“HB 2134”) was submitted to House Committee On Business and Labor on January 11, 2023.  The bill would limit the rulemaking authority of the Director of Department of Consumer and Business Services related to poor ambient atmospheric conditions and high ambient temperatures….