The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services proposes a temporary rule that would combat the spread of coronavirus in all workplaces by requiring employers to implement risk mitigation measures.
These measures include social distancing, barriers, facials, cleansing and information sharing, with nuances for those working in healthcare or other local contact professions, such as salons or tattoo and massage parlors, according to a statement released on Monday by Oregon OSHA.
The proposal states that employers would need to ensure a six foot distance between all people in the workplace. It would include the design of work activities and the workplace to eliminate the need for any worker to be within six meters of another person. If such a separation is not practical, the employer must ensure that facial coatings are worn and that as much distance as practicable is maintained.
The proposal also states that the distance requirement can be met by an impenetrable barrier that creates a "drip buffer" of at least six feet in distance measured between the mouths of the affected people.The proposal would also require all high contact surfaces used by several employees, such as door handles and cash registers, are thoroughly cleaned at the beginning of each shift.
Oregon OSHA seeks public comment of August 31