Agricultural Safety and Health
Agriculture makes a profound contribution to Oregon's economy, adding $3.6 billion dollars to the state's production in 2002. The Department of Consumer and Business Services, Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) would like to help keep agriculture strong by letting agricultural employers know about the many services available from Oregon's workplace safety and health agency.
Oregon OSHA consultants are available to evaluate business operations and make recommendations that may assist employers in reducing the number of hazards to which workers are exposed. The consultant's services are provided free of charge.
The Oregon legislature in 1995 approved a law that agricultural employers with 10 or fewer employees are exempt from regularly scheduled Oregon OSHA inspections, if the employer has met ALL of the following conditions:
If the employer meets all these requirements for an inspection exemption, documentation such as training records, consultant reports, and the OSHA 300 Form should be readily accessible for review. If an Oregon OSHA compliance officer arrives at your work site for a scheduled inspection, please let them know that you have met the requirements for a small-employer exemption. The compliance officer will verify the exemption documentation and if it meets ALL exemption requirements, no inspection will be conducted.
For more information about the agricultural small employer exemption, please contact Oregon OSHA's Salem Field Office at (503) 378-3274.