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Apr 07 2022
COVID-19Safety and Health  

OREGON: COVID-19 rules scaled back for general industry

On March 18, 2022, Oregon OSHA updated its Rule Addressing COVID-19 Workplace Risks (OAR 437-001-0744), eliminating some requirements for general workplaces, making some provisions merely recommended, and continuing nearly all of the requirements for “exceptional risk” workplaces (such as health care settings). Our Legal Guide, At a Glance: COVID-19 Compliance in Oregon has…

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Mar 17 2022
COVID-19Safety and Health  

COVID-19 protocols decreasing but not gone yet

California, Oregon, and Washington’s workplace mandates related to COVID-19 (coronavirus) are being whittled away but continue to evolve, so we’ve captured a high-level overview in three new Legal Guides, entitled “At a Glance: COVID-19 Compliance” in California, Oregon, and Washington. Two recent developments in California and Oregon are of particular note: In California, Executive Order N-5-22…

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Mar 03 2022
COVID-19Safety and Health  

West coast states ending indoor mask requirements

California, Oregon, and Washington are ending indoor mask requirements this month for most situations. California Governor Gavin Newsom announced that starting March 1, 2022, masks are no longer required for unvaccinated individuals in public indoor spaces and starting March 12, 2022, masks will no longer be required in schools. Oregon…

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Mar 03 2022
Safety and Health  

OSHA proposes updating powered industrial truck design standards

On February 16, 2022, OSHA published a proposed rule that would update the design and manufacturing standards for powered industrial trucks used in general industry and construction. The current rules at 29 CFR 1910.178(a) and 29 CFR 1926.602(c) refer to standards developed in 1969 by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The…

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Mar 03 2022
COVID-19Safety and Health  

OREGON: No more quarantine after exposure as of March 12, 2022

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has announced that quarantining after exposure to COVID-19 (coronavirus) will no longer be necessary for the general population, including K-12 and childcare settings, beginning on March 12, 2022. OHA will continue to recommend quarantining in high-risk settings, such as health care settings, correctional facilities, and…

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Feb 17 2022
COVID-19DisabilitySafety and Health  

CALIFORNIA: Masks no longer required for most vaccinated workers

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) order that required everyone to wear masks in indoor public settings regardless of whether they were vaccinated against COVID-19 (coronavirus) expired on February 15, 2022, but the order still requires unvaccinated people to wear masks indoors. As we previously reported, the CDPH originally set…

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Feb 17 2022
COVID-19Safety and Health  

OREGON: General indoor mask mandate to end by March 31, 2022

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) recently announced that it will lift its general indoor mask requirements on or before March 31, 2022. On February 7, 2022, OHA replaced its temporary COVID-19 (coronavirus) indoor mask rules with “permanent” rules, which means the indoor mask mandate continues to be in effect (the temporary rules were…

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Feb 17 2022
Safety and Health  

Washington manufacturer fined $98K after lockout-tagout fatality

Recently the Washington Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) announced a fine of $98,000 against a manufacturer in Sumas, Washington, due to lockout-tagout violations that resulted in a worker’s death. The employee was inside a tank, cleaning it, when an agitator arm turned on. According to L&I, the company, IKO Pacific, had written…

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Feb 17 2022
COVID-19Safety and Health  

WASHINGTON: Indoor mask mandate to end March 21, 2022

Washington governor Jay Inslee held a press conference on 2/17/22 and announced that on March 21, 2022, the state will no longer require masks in public indoor spaces (including workplaces) and schools. The following proclamations from the governor have been updated: Proclamation 21-08.01 COVID-19 Safe Workers. Proclamation 20-25.18 COVID-19 Washington Ready. Proclamation 20-03.07…

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Feb 03 2022
COVID-19Harassment & DiscriminationSafety and Health

CDC now uses “up to date” instead of “fully vaccinated”

In updated guidance regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) vaccination status, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) now uses the term “up to date” instead of “fully vaccinated.” Up to date means individuals have received all recommended COVID-19 vaccines, including any booster dose(s) when eligible. Workers are eligible for a booster if at least 5 months have passed…

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