Oregon OSHA tries to clear the air about it's COVID-19 rules

Oregon OSHA adopted temporary emergency rules last November to protect against COVID in the workplace, but the rules expire May 4. The rules require masks, social distancing and training related to the pandemic.

Posted: Mar 27, 2021 12:44 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Agency (OSHA) wants to extend the COVID-19-related rules for masks, social distancing and training in workplaces until the pandemic ends.

Oregon OSHA adopted temporary emergency rules last November to protect against COVID in the workplace, but the rules expire May 4. The rules require masks, social distancing and training related to the pandemic.

Oregon OSHA public information officer Aaron Corvin said since the pandemic is not over, the agency wants to keep the mandate going.

Per existing state law, OSHA can't extend the existing temporary rule beyond 180 days. The agency plans to pass a permanent rule and then repeal it when the pandemic is over. The plan to repeal the rule is included in the proposed draft.

Oregon OSHA has put out info graphics on Facebook to dispel rumors that the agency wants the rule to last forever, but the misinformation continues to spread.

"It's sad. It's unfortunate. I think what we've attempted to do is stay focused on our mission, which is advancing workplace health and safety for all Oregonians," said Corvin.

Officials said OSHA does not want to pass COVID workplace rules forever.

You can weigh in on OSHA's plan here.

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