On November 5, Oregon OSHA finally published OAR 437-001-0744 Addressing COVID-19 Workplace Risks (the Rule) after months of various drafts, feedback from businesses, and revisions. This regulation now sets out in detail how Oregon employers can ensure that they are meeting their obligation to provide a safe workplace to their employees during this pandemic. The regulation is over 20 pages and comes with a 50+ page appendix. The Rule will become effective on November 16, 2020. We outline the key terms and steps in the document linked below.
While the Rule requires employers to quickly take on additional work and deadlines, the goal is to ensure a safe workplace for everyone, and the attention to detail at each stage could make a difference for many employees. Over the next two months, it will be critical to develop a team and deadlines to comply with the Rule. Our attorneys are available to help apply the Rule's requirements to your business and to ensure compliance.