Oregon's Work Environment Department has released plans to create a COVID-19 workplace safety standard that could be a permanent standard for infectious disease, according to a timeline released Friday.
"As a result of both the immediate and long-term risks highlighted by the current public and occupational health crisis, Oregon OSHA responds to the request that the state adopt an enforceable workplace health care rule on an urgent basis this summer to be replaced by a permanent rule , "says the timeline.
This timeline revealed plans for two "substantially different projects, both by nature and scope, recognizing that an ongoing contagious disease rule would not be as well adapted to the current crisis as a temporary one."
Officials plans to launch a series of stakeholder meetings beginning July 6, and will continue the process for the remainder of the year, with a call for public grants for a temporary standard proposal beginning July 27. Draft a permanent standard would then be introduced on week 2 officials plan to have the new rule in place by February 22, 2021