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Gov. Brown tells OSHA to enact more heat-related protections for workers

Governor Kate Brown said Tuesday that she has directed Oregon OSHA to pass emergency rules that would require employers to provide shade, rest time, and water during extreme heat events.

Posted: Jul 6, 2021 3:20 PM
Updated: Jul 6, 2021 3:21 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. — Governor Kate Brown said Tuesday that she has directed Oregon OSHA to pass emergency rules that would require employers to provide shade, rest time, and water for workers during extreme heat events. Triple-digit temperatures last week and the week prior are believed to have caused the death of more than 100 Oregonians as of this Tuesday, including several farm workers.

“I am concerned that our recent record-breaking heat wave in the Willamette Valley is a harbinger of what’s to come," said Brown in a statement. "Even with the immense resources directed to preparing communities for the excessive heat, it is critical that we need to be better prepared, flexible, and resilient. At the same time, we must center the voices of historically underserved communities in our emergency planning efforts to make sure we’re meeting all community members where they are.”

Brown said that she has urged OSHA to enact emergency rules this week that would expand requirements for employers to provide their workers with opportunities to cool down during high heat. The agency is currently in the process of drawing up permanent rules that are expected to take effect this fall.

“No one should have to decide between their health and a paycheck,” said Governor Brown. “All Oregonians should be able to go to work knowing that conditions will be safe and that they will return home to their families at the end of the day. While Oregon OSHA has been working to adopt permanent rules related to heat, it became clear that immediate action was necessary in order to protect Oregonians, especially those whose work is critical to keeping Oregon functioning and oftentimes must continue during extreme weather."

The Governor's office said that she has directed state agencies to complete an "after action review" to evaluate how the state can improve its response efforts and outcomes in extreme heat scenarios. Brown will also be soliciting recommendations from state and local leaders to make sure that the state is prepared for the next heat-wave, particularly when it comes to the health and safety of low-income Oregonians.

Medicaid members may be eligible to receive air conditioners if they have a qualifying condition, part of the "health-related services" offered through Oregon Coordinated Care Organizations. People who believe they may be eligible should contact their CCO to inquire about the service.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 394569

Reported Deaths: 5243
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah60720847
Washington42359405
Marion40153516
Clackamas33040387
Lane30428361
Jackson25105363
Deschutes23795189
Umatilla15144184
Linn14859183
Douglas13523293
Josephine10278247
Yamhill9840143
Klamath9112149
Polk8325102
Benton615338
Malheur593292
Coos5768109
Columbia438056
Jefferson424366
Lincoln365852
Crook343057
Union340756
Wasco318646
Clatsop263635
Baker221833
Tillamook218046
Hood River216537
Morrow197825
Curry193939
Harney121333
Grant109116
Lake105617
Wallowa76313
Sherman1933
Gilliam1854
Wheeler1141
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Cases: 5105427

Reported Deaths: 74781
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Los Angeles153243027225
San Diego4091824350
Riverside3892365381
San Bernardino3762805983
Orange3352965756
Sacramento1690952452
Kern1582701828
Fresno1574692270
Santa Clara1528571928
Alameda1256281512
San Joaquin1080791835
Ventura1043091192
Contra Costa1042181056
Stanislaus919641429
Tulare867391100
San Francisco57141674
San Mateo56585631
Monterey52842626
Solano47828360
Santa Barbara47523555
Merced45309671
Sonoma43349414
Placer42458473
Imperial38932776
Kings35370367
San Luis Obispo31667360
Madera26388311
Shasta26221461
Butte25608318
Santa Cruz22402224
Yolo21722261
Marin18587249
El Dorado18448168
Sutter14646186
Napa13446106
Yuba1079891
Tehama10316131
Humboldt10294119
Nevada10112105
Mendocino864999
Lassen797656
San Benito787979
Tuolumne778491
Lake7057113
Amador580067
Siskiyou479657
Glenn458536
Calaveras445788
Del Norte377942
Colusa328321
Inyo257346
Plumas19577
Mono19034
Mariposa162218
Trinity100717
Modoc7936
Sierra2190
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