New COVID-19 Workplace Rules from Oregon OSHA

Coronavirus prevention and social distancing in the office

On November 6, 2020, Oregon OSHA released a new temporary rule [PDF] related to workplace operations during COVID-19. These rules impact all employers and building operators in the State of Oregon.

This rule includes elements such as:

Requirements taking effect on November 16, 2020

  • Codifies CDC/OHA guidelines related to physical distancing and mask usage.
  • Requires minimum scheduled cleaning and sanitization of touch points.
  • Requires posting of COVID-19 hazards and requirements in the building/workplace.

Requirements taking effect on December 7, 2020

  • An Exposure Risk Assessment must be conducted for all job classifications.
  • A written Infection Control Plan must be generated including considerations such as PPE requirements, engineering controls, administrative controls, and training.

Requirements taking effect on December 21, 2020

  • Training must be performed including:
    • Physical distancing
    • Mask/PPE requirements
    • Sanitation requirements and plans
    • Signs and symptoms of COVID-19
    • Infection notification procedures
    • Medical removal procedures
    • Characteristics of COVID-19

Requirements taking effect on January 6, 2021

  • Ventilation requirements:
    • Employers must optimize HVAC to maximize outside air to the extent feasible.
    • Employers must conduct regular maintenance including cleaning of intakes and regular filter changes.
    • There are no requirements to upgrade systems or conform to existing standards like ASHRAE 62.

Additional requirements exist for medical facilities as well as a list of other industries.

PBS continues to monitor the evolving COVID-19 compliance requirements with the ultimate goal of maintaining safety for building occupants, keeping facilities active, and preventing regulatory shutdowns.

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Posted: November 12, 2020