Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division

Rule Rule 437-001-0055
Priority of Inspections


Inspections will be prioritized to predominantly focus enforcement activities on places of employment reasonably believed to be the most unsafe. Inspections should generally be made according to the following priorities:

(1)

Imminent danger — An inspection should be made as soon as possible after the Division becomes aware of the condition, practice, or act that could reasonably be expected to immediately cause death or serious physical harm.

(2)

Fatality, catastrophe, or accident — An inspection, if appropriate, should be made as soon as possible after the Division becomes aware of a fatality, catastrophe, or accident.

(3)

Complaint — An inspection may be initiated when the Division receives a complaint, based on the nature and credibility of the allegations.

(4)

Referral — An inspection may be made if safety or health violations were observed and referred by a Division employee; federal, state, or local government representative; or the media, based on the nature and credibility of the allegations.

(5)

Programmed Inspections — An inspection may be made by following the provisions in OAR 437-001-0057 (Scheduling Inspections).

(6)

Follow-up — An inspection may be initiated when one or more of the following exists:

(a)

The employer requests removal of a red warning notice.

(b)

A variance request has been denied.

(c)

An extension of time has been denied.

(d)

The Division believes the employer may not be in compliance with a previously cited violation, or needs monitoring as they progress towards correction of a violation.

(e)

The employer is issued an order to correct for one or more violations that if cited could be considered serious.
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