We need your help

The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Oregon OSHA) will be holding public hearings on May 23 and 24 about a proposed rule change regarding the reporting of workplace violence in our K-12 schools.

  • May 23 — 11 a.m., Oregon DHS Building, J. Waybrant Room-First Floor, 738 W. Harvard Ave., Roseburg
  • May 24 — 10 a.m., Durham Plaza, Suite 200, 16760 SW Upper Boones Ferry Road, Tigard

Currently, K-12 schools are exempt from the stringent recordkeeping regulations other occupations are required to follow. In industries such as construction, employers must routinely document all injuries and work-related illnesses under Oregon OSHA rules.

In January, OSEA petitioned Oregon OSHA to make a rule removing the K-12 exemption and require school districts to submit workplace injury reports to Oregon OSHA.  Adoption of this rule will result in gaining important data on the frequency and types of workplace injuries sustained by our members. This data will help in developing ways to prevent and reduce injuries.

OSEA has shared our members’ stories of being assaulted and injured by the students they serve with Oregon OSHA and Oregon legislators. Your stories have moved decision-makers to address the issue, and now your stories, experiences and/or hearing attendance are needed to demonstrate to Oregon OSHA why this rule change is needed.

To submit testimony online or indicate your willingness to attend one of the hearings, please fill out the short online form below by Friday, June 16.

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