Category Archives: Occupational Safety and Health Division (OSHA)

Protecting the workers and the harvest

For the seasonal workers picking early pears in Frink Orchard, the summer already looks different from years past.At the end of the workday, the August heat still chases most of the men staying at the bunkhouse inside to seek the cooling relief of fans. But amid normal end-of-day rituals, there are also extra precautions — […]
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Are Salem businesses enforcing state mask mandate? State records suggest many aren’t

A database of complaints to the state’s workplace safety agency has been flooded with recent complaints of employees and customers not wearing masks at Salem businesses. Calling it an issue of worker safety, one labor union is calling for more aggressive enforcement. Complaints have flooded into Oregon’s worker safety agency ever since it was charged […]
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OSHA rules are to prevent, not punish | Mail Tribune

Farmworkers arriving in the valley for the fall pear and wine grape harvests are encountering new procedures to prevent crews from spreading COVID-19 among themselves. This is imposing some extra costs on growers, but the alternative is outbreaks of disease that could threaten the harvest itself. The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division is enforcing […]
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Are Salem businesses enforcing state mask mandate? State records suggest many aren’t

A database of complaints to the state’s workplace safety agency has been flooded with recent complaints of employees and customers not wearing masks at Salem businesses. Calling it an issue of worker safety, one labor union is calling for more aggressive enforcement. Source: Are Salem businesses enforcing state mask mandate? State records suggest many aren’t […]
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Is indoor dining safe? Oregon’s data can’t say

OHA says data shows “no significant transmission” at Oregon bars and restaurants, but they’re also not tracking it specifically. Source: Is indoor dining safe? Oregon’s data can’t say

The new rules for business

-Mask mandates due to the coronavirus pandemic put onus on business owners throughout Oregon.- It is unlikely that many business owners include “enforcing state-issued mandates” on a list of things they enjoy about their roles. Source: The new rules for business

First month of statewide enforcement shows businesses largely comply with COVID-19 requirements

One month after announcing that state inspectors would be conducting weekend spot checks in bars, restaurants, breweries, tasting rooms and other establishments that serve alcohol to enforce state face covering. Source: First month of statewide enforcement shows businesses largely comply with COVID-19 requirements

Oregon closes in on COVID milestone; most bars and restaurants in compliance with rules

Oregon is likely a day away from crossing the threshold of 20,000 cases since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the state reported Wednesday. The infection count was announced on a day when Gov. Kate Brown also released a report on enforcing violations of COVID-19 restrictions, a four-state pact on telehealth and reiterated she was […]
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Oregon’s Mask Rules Expanding To Crowded Outdoor Spaces As COVID Cases Spike

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown also plans to announce a statewide limit of 10 people in indoor social gatherings. Source: Oregon’s Mask Rules Expanding To Crowded Outdoor Spaces As COVID Cases Spike

Five Deschutes County businesses under investigation by OSHA

Five Deschutes County businesses are under investigation for violating statewide rules related to face coverings and maintaining physical distancing. The alleged violations were identified during a July 4 statewide inspection of 800 bars and restaurants by Oregon Liquor Control Commission. The OLCC has forwarded the field notes to the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration, […]
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