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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