Oregon OSHA to screen more than 1,000 coronavirus-related complaints

OSHA has 75 compliance officers that will begin reaching out to companies to validate the claims made in the complaints.

Posted: Mar 30, 2020 12:24 PM
Updated: Mar 30, 2020 1:54 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will begin screening more than 1,000 coronavirus-related complaints this week, according to a spokesman.

Aaron Corvin, public information officer for Oregon OSHA, said the organization has received well over 1,000 complaints following Gov. Kate Brown's Stay at Home order issued last week. The complaints largely surround a lack of social distancing and cleaning supplies in the workplace.

"Per year, we essentially take in about 2,073 complaints. So that can give you some perspective," Corvin said. 

OSHA has 75 compliance officers that will begin reaching out to companies to validate the claims made in the complaints. 

"For those employers who are not abiding by the governor's executive order, we will certainly begin to address those this week through the inspections we expect to conduct," Corvin said. 

Corvin said many of the complaints can likely be resolved in a matter of days, but others may take more time. 

"Where there are areas we can work with an employer up front to get things addressed, we will do that," Corvin said. "Where there are areas where there's going to be a necessary on-site inspection, we'll conduct that as well."

Companies found to be violating workplace safety rules will be required to correct the problem and could face a fine.

You can file a complaint on OSHA's website here

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