OR: new OR OSHA rules for ALL WORKPLACES effective 11/16/20

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Oregon Business & Industry
November 10th, 2020

OSHA Oregon has adopted the COVID-19 rules for all workplaces

The rules go into effect next Monday, Nov. 16. Click here to view the full rules and here to watch our webinar with lawyers at Tonkon Torp, who walked through the new requirements.

Here is what employers will have to do:



  • Ensure work activities eliminate the need for employees to be within six feet of each other


  • Clean or sanitize high-touch surfaces and shared equipment at least every 24 hours for workplaces occupied less than 12 hours a day
  • If workplaces are occupied more than 12 hours a day, cleaning must be done every 8 hours
  • Employers must provide employees with sufficient hand washing supplies and facilities
  • Employees must provide employees with supplies to clean work surfaces

Face Coverings

  • Employers must ensure employees wear face coverings in workplaces consistent with Oregon Health Authority guidance
  • Employees must also wear face coverings in vehicles
  • Employers must provide face coverings to employees


  • Businesses must repair and maintain heating and cooling systems to maximize air flow. This likely involves replacing filters as recommended by the manufacturer.

Exposure Risk Assessment

  • Employers must conduct an Exposure Risk Assessment by Dec. 7
  • OSHA has created a template for employers to use
  • Employers must give employees an opportunity to provide feedback

Infection Control Plan

  • Employers must establish an Infection Control Plan by Dec. 7
  • OSHA will create a template. OBI will alert you as soon as we see it.

Employee Training

  • Training must be completed by Dec. 21
  • Can be done through a safety meeting

Exposure or Infection Response

  • Employers must adopt policies about how to notify employees if they have been exposed to someone who is known to have been infected with COVID-19
  • Employers must remove individuals from the workplace if public health officials direct the employees to isolate or quarantine. Employees are entitled to return to their previous position after the isolation or quarantine time period.

Go here for more information. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at communications@oregonbusinessindustry.com.

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