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Employers have the legal right to appeal a citation. An employer who wishes to appeal a citation has only 30 calendar days from the receipt of the citation to file an appeal. An appeal is filed when it is received by Oregon OSHA, the Department of Consumer and Business Services, or the Workers' Compensation Board.

Appeals received within 30 calendar days of the citation's receipt will be scheduled for an informal conference with an Oregon OSHA Appeals Specialist. The Appeals Specialist, the Compliance Officer, and the employer will meet to informally discuss the citation and the issues raised by the employer regarding the citation. The Appeals Specialist has the authority to legally resolve the citation.

If the employer is not satisfied with the outcome of the informal conference and wishes to pursue the matter further, the case will be transferred to the Workers' Compensation Board, Hearings Division. The case will then be scheduled for hearing before an administrative law judge of the Workers' Compensation Board, Hearings Division. The Department of Justice represents Oregon OSHA in all contested case hearings before the Workers' Compensation Board. Employers may retain an attorney, or, choose to represent themselves before the Workers' Compensation Board.