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Dec 17, 2020

OREGON: More new documents released on COVID-19 rule

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The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Oregon OSHA) continues to release new documents to help employers comply with its COVID-19 (coronavirus) workplace safety rule. As we previously reported, the rule requires employers to develop and implement certain safety protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace. As of our last publication, Oregon OSHA had released only some materials required by the rule. Oregon OSHA has since released training materials (in English and Spanish) to help employers comply with 4 out of the 10 employee training requirements in the rule. The remaining 6 requirements are workplace-specific, so you’ll have to develop them to fit your workplace. Oregon OSHA has also provided a sample training verification form, which isn’t required by the rule, but may help you keep track of the training requirements and whether individual employees have completed them. Employers with “exceptional risk workplaces” (e.g., long-term care facilities) are required to complete additional training requirements. All employers are required to complete the applicable training by December 21, 2020.

Tips: By now, you should’ve completed the exposure risk assessment and infection control plan, and be turning your attention toward the training requirements. If not, don’t worry: Even if you’re a little bit behind, as long as you’re actually working toward completing these requirements, the director of Oregon OSHA has verbally stated the agency will be reasonable in the event of enforcement. The agency released a helpful fact sheet on certain parts of the rule with delayed effective dates (e.g., training requirements by December 21, 2020, and ventilation requirements by January 6, 2021). If you’re still working on your exposure risk assessment or infection control plan, or are updating them, Oregon OSHA has created two examples of how to complete an exposure risk assessment (one for a pub with security and management personnel and one for a manufacturing company with office and production workers) and two examples of how to complete an infection control plan (one for the example pub and one for the example manufacturing company). These items and more are posted on the Oregon OSHA infectious disease rulemaking webpage. If you have any questions, contact your Vigilant safety professional.

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