New Risk Categories & Permitted Activities

Oregon has now adopted a system that classifies counties by level of risk for Covid-19. Counties can be classified as Lower Risk (green); Moderate Risk (yellow); High Risk (orange); or Extreme Risk (red). A county’s risk level will determine what activities are permitted/prohibited. Based on these classifications, OHA has issued a handy color coded chart… Continue reading New Risk Categories & Permitted Activities

New Washington Covid-19 Restrictions

On November 16, 2020, Washington adopted new restrictions to slow the spread of Covid-19. The restrictions apply until December 14, 2020, unless extended. Of particular note for Employers are the following: All business meetings are prohibited, with the exception of: (i) professional training and testing that cannot be performed remotely; and (ii) court and judicial… Continue reading New Washington Covid-19 Restrictions

OR-OSHA Issues Temporary Rule Addressing COVID-19 Workplace Risks

The Temporary Rule (all 105 pages) is effective November 16, 2020. https://osha.oregon.gov/OSHARules/div1/437-001-0744.pdf. The rule includes general requirements for all employers, specific requirements by industry, and deadlines for compliance (some of which are fast approaching). Employers should carefully review the text of the rule to understand the specific compliance criteria for each obligation. OSHA plans to… Continue reading OR-OSHA Issues Temporary Rule Addressing COVID-19 Workplace Risks

CDC Revises Definition of “Close Contact”

Recently, the CDC updated the definition of “close contact” for purposes of identifying individuals who may have been exposed to someone with Covid-19 and who should quarantine to avoid further transmission of the virus. Close contact is now defined as follows: Someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total… Continue reading CDC Revises Definition of “Close Contact”

Updated OHA Guidance on Face Coverings/Masks and Face Shields

On October 19, 2020, as authorized by Executive Order 20-27, the Oregon Health Authority issued updated guidance for wearing masks, face coverings or face shields. The new guidance recommends: Wearing face coverings or masks instead of face shields because face shields are not as effective at limiting the release of aerosols that can go around… Continue reading Updated OHA Guidance on Face Coverings/Masks and Face Shields

Covid-19 and OSHA Reporting and Recording

Until recently, there was no explanation of when a Covid-19-related hospitalization or fatality would qualify as “work related” so as to trigger an employer’s OSHA reporting obligations. OSHA’s recently updated FAQs explain, with respect to reporting hospitalizations: Under 29 CFR 1904.39(b)(6), employers are only required to report in-patient hospitalizations to OSHA if the hospitalization “occurs… Continue reading Covid-19 and OSHA Reporting and Recording