OHSU Regulation Data Base and State's Worker Safety Attitudes

Posted on Apr 03, 2015

Two nonprofit organizations have teamed up to compile a comprehensive database of  state occupational safety and health rules for 25 states that are authorized by the federal government to enforce OSHA laws. Oregon and Washington are included in this program, which is designed to set specific standards for the state to prevent on-the-job injuries and promote worker safety.

Some states have been more proactive than others in passing new laws and rules to protect workers from on-the-job injuries. However there have been some surprises. Only five of the states have developed their own rules to prevent on-the-job injuries for oil and gas industry workers.  Other states have adopted chemical exposure rules that were rejected over twenty years ago by a federal court.

Authorizing the states to pass their own rules was designed to allow states to craft rules as a custom fit to address unique circumstances of working in a particular state. For example, some states have adopted rules regarding heat stress, while other states focused on reducing the chance of combustible dust explosions. Nonetheless, many states have chosen to pass up the opportunity to craft regulations that address the unique risks workers face.

OSHA  rules are obviously important because they are designed to prevent on-the-job injuries. However, we often find that workers pursuing third-party claims or Employer Liability Law claims benefit from proof that the employer or common employer violated OSHA standards.

If you have an on-the-job injury, and think that an OSHA investigation may be relevant to your case, call us at 503-325-8600. We can evaluate your claim, and let you know where you stand.