2015 ORS 654.097¹
Consultative services required
  • program standards
  • rules

(1)(a) An insurer that provides workers compensation coverage to employers pursuant to ORS chapter 656 shall furnish occupational safety and health loss control consultative services to its insured employers in accordance with standards established by the Director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services.

(b) A self-insured employer shall establish and implement an occupational safety and health loss control program in accordance with standards established by the director.

(2) An insurer or self-insured employer may furnish any of the services required by this section through an independent contractor.

(3) The program of an insurer for furnishing loss control consultative services as required by this section shall be adequate to meet the minimum standards prescribed by the director by rule from time to time. Such services shall include the conduct of workplace surveys to identify health and safety problems, review of employer injury records with appropriate persons and development of plans for improvement of employer health and safety loss records. At the time a workers compensation insurance policy is issued and on an annual basis thereafter, the insurer shall notify its insured employers of the loss control consultative services that the insurer is required by rule to offer, without additional charge as provided in this section, and shall provide a written description of the services that the insurer does offer.

(4) The insurer shall not charge any fee in addition to the insurance premium for safety and health loss control consultative services.

(5) Each insurer shall make available, at the request of the director and in the form prescribed by the director, its annual expenditures for safety and health loss control activities for the prior year and its budget for safety and health loss control activities for the following year.

(6) As used in this section, employer, insurer and self-insured employer have the meaning for those terms provided in ORS 656.005 (Definitions). [Formerly 656.451; 2007 c.241 §21]

Note: 654.097 (Consultative services required) was added to and made a part of 654.001 (Short title) to 654.295 (Application of Oregon Safe Employment Act) by legislative action but was not added to any smaller series therein. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.

Notes of Decisions

Safety codes under Oregon Safe Employ­ment Act apply to all work places and not only to work places covered by Employer Liability Law. Miller v. Ga.-Pacific, 294 Or 750, 662 P2d 718 (1983)

Viola­tion of Workers Compensa­tion Depart­ment rule resulting in injury to nonemploye is not negligence per se, but it does not follow that rule is irrelevant to determina­tion of due care in case grounded in common law negligence. Shahtout v. Emco Garbage Co., 298 Or 598, 695 P2d 897 (1985)

Where right of ac­tion for injuries exists resulting from viola­tion of Oregon Safe Employ­ment Act, right belongs only to employee whom Act directly protects not indirect employee. Flores v. Metro Machinery Rigging, Inc., 99 Or App 636, 783 P2d 1024 (1989), Sup Ct review denied

Referee did not err in finding employer in viola­tion of rule requiring workers to be properly...supervised where employee killed in accident was skilled and experienced supervisor working with two other supervisors during strike, but none of the three was in charge. Accident Preven­tion Div. v. Roseburg Forest Prod., 106 Or App 69, 806 P2d 172 (1991)

Whether identity of complainant falsely reporting viola­tion is subject to disclosure under Oregon public records law (ORS 192.410 (Definitions for ORS 192.410 to 192.505) et seq.) depends on complainants good or bad faith in making complaint. Hood Technology Corp. v. Oregon Occupa­tional Safety and Health Division, 168 Or App 293, 7 P3d 564 (2000)

Chapter 654

Notes of Decisions

An administrative regula­tion requires Accident Preven­tion Division to prove reasonableness of civil penalty imposed for viola­tion of Oregon State Employ­ment Act. Accident Preven­tion Div. v. Sunrise Seed, 26 Or App 879, 554 P2d 550 (1976)

Accident Preven­tion Division rule allowing cita­tion for repeat viola­tion of divisions safety standards while prior cita­tion is contested and not yet upheld by final order is within agencys authority to promulgate rules consistent with purpose of Act to assure as far as possible safe and healthful working condi­tions. Accident Preven­tion Div. v. Hoffman Construc­tion, 64 Or App 73, 667 P2d 543 (1983)

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Inap­pli­ca­bil­i­ty of occupa­tional safety and health laws to inmates in prison work programs, (1996) Vol 48, p 134


1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 654—Occupational Safety and Health, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors654.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2015, Chapter 654, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano654.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.