OREGON SENATE BILL 556

 

The bill was signed by Orgon Governor John A. Kitzhaber on 7/6/99. It is important to realize that the bill only addresses titles and has no practice act implications.

SUMMARY

     Establishes Title Protection for certified industrial hygienist, industrial hygienist in training, occupational health safety technologist, construction health and safety technician, certified safety professional, and associate safety professional. Prohibits purporting to be a certified industrial hygienist, industrial hygienist in training, occupational health and safety technologist, construction health and safety technician, certified safety professional, and associate safety professional or use of these titles by person complying with the Act.

    A BILL FOR AN ACT

    Relating to industrial safety.

    Be It Enacted by the People of the State of Oregon:

    SECTION 1.

    1. No person may purport to be:
      1. A certified industrial hygienist or use the initials CIH unless the person holds a current certification as an industrial hygienist from the American Board of Industrial Hygiene.
      1. A certified industrial hygienist in training or use the initials IHIT unless the person holds a current designation as an industrial hygienist in training from the American Board of Industrial Hygiene.

        A certified occupational health and safety technologist or use the initials OHST unless the person holds a current certification as an occupational health and safety technologist from the American Board of Industrial Hygiene or the Board of Certified Safety Professionals.

        A certified health and safety technician or use the initials CHST unless the person holds a current certification as a construction health and safety technician from the American Board of Industrial Hygiene or the Board of Certified Safety Professionals.

        A certified safety professional or use the initials CSP unless the person holds a current designation as a certified safety professional from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals.

      2. An associate safety professional or use the initials ASP unless the person holds a current designation as an associate safety professional from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals.

    1. The American Board of Industrial Hygiene, the Board of Certified Safety Professionals of a person who violates subsection (1) of this section may bring a private cause of action in the appropriate court to recover damages up to $1,000 against any person who violates subsection (1) of this section. The court may provide such equitable relief as it deems necessary or proper. The court may award reasonable attorney fees to the prevailing party in an action under this section.

    SECTION 2.  Section 1 of this 1999 Act does not prevent a person legally regulated in this state under any other licensing provisions, rules or regulations from engaging in the activities permitted under that designation, certification or license provided that person does not use the titles or initials specified in section 1 of this 1999 Act.

    SECTION 3.   Sections 1 and 2 of this 1999 Act apply only to persons using the titles or initials specified in section 1 of this 1999 Act on or after the effective date of this 1999 Act.

 

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