Oregon OSHA has adopted a temporary rule to increase protections for workers against the spread of coronavirus in employer-provided housing and in labor-intensive farm operations.
The rule, which mostly takes effect May 11, 2020, addresses the COVID-19 emergency in such housing and operations by strengthening requirements in three areas: field sanitation, labor housing, and transportation.
whom does the temporary rule apply?
1 of this rule applies to all labor-intensive agricultural operations
(activities that normally fall under OAR 437,
Division 4) when employees would otherwise perform their duties or routinely
congregate within 6 feet of one another.
Agricultural employers whose
normal activities do not involve such close contact have no additional
requirements under Section 1
. While this rule remains in effect, its
requirements supersede those found in OAR 437-004-1110 “Field Sanitation
for Hand Labor Work” for all activities otherwise subject to that rule.