The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Tuesday announced permanent changes to regulations addressing covid-19 risks in the workplace and employer housing.
During the comment period from September 30, 2021 to November 12, 2021, Oregon OSHA received more than 350 written comments on the proposed changes to the rules to address covid-19 workplace risks. Based on the comments received, the changes include a clarification of training requirements, minor changes to increase readability and an exemption for outdoor workplaces from the rules on masking requirements.
The requirements for physical distance have been lifted outside health care and transit environments. In addition to health care environments, Oregon OSHA no longer requires employers to regularly clean or sanitize all common areas, shared equipment, and high-impact areas. and adopted the language that an employee who chooses to wear a mask, face shield or face shield, even when not required, must be allowed to do so.  In addition, language has been added to enable an employee to wear a filtering respirator. . The requirement to have a physical distance monitor and maintain physical distance in dining rooms or at meals was removed from the rule. The rule retained the "Air Purification Method" and the "Additional Capacity Reduction Method" to calculate square meters for spaces where people sleep. Finally, the transport regulations were removed.