As Oregon’s lawmakers and safety regulators decide our state’s next steps to protect working people and families during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is critical they hear the voice of workers impacted during this frightening and uncertain time.
There is no existing Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standard or basic regulatory framework that comprehensively and enforceably addresses an employer’s responsibility to protect workers from infectious diseases. The current guidance is time limited as it is largely tied to Executive Orders and guidance keeps changing through phases in reopening. Changing guidance in workplaces is not beneficial for employers or workers, and that’s why Oregon OSHA should adopt a strong infectious disease standard.
How You Can Help
In the coming weeks, Oregon OSHA will host listening sessions to hear from workers about what protections are missing in our workplaces. Have you been worried about exposure to COVID-19 at work, lacking social distancing measures, PPE or any other protections? If so, please take a few minutes to share your story by clicking here. All information collected will be used as written testimony to Oregon OSHA and will not be shared further – we value your privacy and need for confidentiality when discussing workplace safety issues. You can choose to keep your story anonymous as well.