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Aug 05 2021
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OREGON: Sick time covers evacuation orders, bad air, and high heat

The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) recently issued temporary rules expanding the reasons for Oregon paid sick leave to include time off related to emergency evacuation orders as well as unhealthy air quality or outdoor temperatures. The rules are effective from July 22, 2021, through January 17, 2022.…

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Aug 03 2021
Safety and Health  

OREGON: Wildfire smoke and more heat rules effective August 9, 2021

On August 2, 2021, Oregon OSHA issued two new temporary emergency regulations, one addressing outdoor workers’ exposure to wildfire smoke, and another addressing high heat in employer-provided housing. Both rules take effect on August 9, 2021, although employers have until August 16, 2021, to train outdoor workers on wildfire smoke hazards.…

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Jul 22 2021
COVID-19Safety and Health  

CALIFORNIA: Keep an eye on local mask mandates for your area

As local jurisdictions in California grapple with rising infection rates from COVID-19 (coronavirus), many are strongly recommending wearing masks indoors regardless of vaccination status, and at least two have made it mandatory. Los Angeles County issued an order requiring face coverings in businesses and public indoor spaces, even for those…

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Jul 22 2021
Safety and Health  

WASHINGTON: L&I offers heat stress resources

Washington’s Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) offers numerous training and education resources on its Be Heat Smart webpage, to help employers comply with emergency heat stress regulations that took effect on July 13, 2021. Resources include a customizable outdoor heat exposure prevention plan, a self-paced training module (which you should…

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Jul 22 2021
Safety and Health  

OREGON: Oregon OSHA offers heat illness prevention resources

The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Oregon OSHA) is offering educational and training resources to help employers comply with its recently adopted temporary rule to prevent heat illness, on which we recently issued an Alert. The resources include a fact sheet summarizing the rule; a Centers for Disease Control…

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Jul 19 2021
Safety and Health  

WASHINGTON ALERT: Wildfire smoke regs issued, effective immediately

Washington’s Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) issued emergency regulations on July 16, 2021, requiring employers to protect outdoor workers from wildfire smoke. The rules took effect immediately, but enforcement of new obligations to implement exposure controls and provide respiratory protection is delayed until July 23, 2021. Enforcement of training requirements is…

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Jul 12 2021
Safety and Health  

ALERT: Washington heat illness rules expand as of July 13, 2021

Expanded requirements for protecting Washington workers from outdoor heat exposure take effect on July 13, 2021. Washington’s Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) announced the changes on July 9, 2021, stating that these emergency rules are necessary immediately to enhance protections against heat illness for outdoor workers. Washington already has outdoor heat exposure…

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Jul 09 2021
Safety and Health  

ALERT: Oregon heat illness rule applies now

On July 8, 2021, the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Oregon OSHA) issued a temporary rule intended to prevent heat illness in workers on hot-weather days. The new Oregon heat illness prevention rule applies to all Oregon employers, including employers in the agriculture industry. Among other requirements, the new…

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Jul 07 2021
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Workers’ comp FAQs from June

Got workers’ comp questions? We’ve got answers. It’s hard to keep track of all the Workers’ Compensation acronyms, definitions, best practices and more! So we’re sharing a few frequently asked questions we recently received from our Vigilant Manufacturing Retro members. What is Standard Premium; is it the same premium I pay to L&I? Standard premium is the…

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Jul 01 2021
COVID-19Safety and Health  

WASHINGTON: Governor Inslee announces reopening on June 30

Governor Jay Inslee lifted many of the restrictions that applied to individuals and businesses in Washington during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, effective June 30, 2021. The remaining restrictions are posted on the governor’s webpage for COVID-19 Reopening Guidance for Businesses and Workers. With the exception of the changes discussed below, employers must…

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