The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division said on Tuesday that it has adopted a new rule to maintain its temporary COVID-19 workplace protection.
The rule, which came into force on Tuesday, includes such health protection measures as physical distancing; use of facial coatings; registration and training of employees; formal exposure risk assessment and infection planning; and optimization and maintenance of existing ventilation systems, according to the announcement.
The rule is similar to the one adopted by Oregon OSHA in 2020 with an expiration date of May 4, 2021. It contains several changes based on two months of public comments received since it was proposed in late January, but "the basic requirements are broadly consistent with those that have existed, "the agency said.
Oregon OSHA said that one of the "most significant areas of public comment was the lack of a specific expiration date or other trigger to automatically repeal the rule."
Because it "determined that it is not possible to allocate a specific time for a decision to repeal the rule, "the agency has" committed to consulting the Oregon OSHA Partnership Committee, the two Infectious Diseases Advisory Committees, the Oregon Health Authority, and other stakeholders to determine when the rule can be repealed. "
The first of these discussions will take place no later than July 2021
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