Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division
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:
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.
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.
Complaint — An inspection may be initiated when the Division receives a complaint, based on the nature and credibility of the allegations.
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.