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

Rule Rule 437-001-0415
Criteria for Variance Approval


(1)

An application for a permanent variance will be granted only if the applicant demonstrates, and Oregon OSHA determines, including consideration of employee or public comments, that the conditions, practices, operations, or processes proposed by the applicant will provide employment that is as safe and healthful as that obtained by compliance with the rule.

(2)

An application for a temporary variance will be granted only if the applicant demonstrates, and Oregon OSHA determines, including consideration of employee or public comments, that the applicant is unable to comply with a new rule by its effective date, that the applicant has an effective program for complying with the rule by the agreed upon timetable, and that all available steps are being taken in the interim to safeguard employees against the hazard covered by the rule.

(3)

An application for a research variance will be granted only if the applicant demonstrates, and Oregon OSHA determines, including consideration of employee or public comments, that the conditions, practices, operations, or processes used adequately safeguard employees against the hazards covered by the rule, while demonstrating or validating new or improved safety or health techniques or products.
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Jun. 8, 2021