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Oregon OSHA to begin 'spot checks' on businesses for COVID-19 compliance

Representatives from Oregon OSHA will begin checking on employers to make sure they're complying with the Governor's executive orders for social distancing.

Posted: Apr 13, 2020 5:40 PM
Updated: Apr 13, 2020 5:50 PM

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon OSHA is "ramping up its enforcement activity" for businesses that remain open without enforcing proper social distancing, the state Department of Consumer & Business Services announced on Monday. The escalation includes systematic spot checks to ensure compliance, the agency said.

"The spot checks – which are in addition to more time-intensive, on-site inspections initiated by the division – are intended to confirm whether employers are actually doing what they are telling the division they are doing in response to complaints," DCBS said.

There have been allegations of failures to heed the state's various restrictions for coronavirus, including businesses that should be closed or are not following social distancing, the agency continued.


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Since March 2, OSHA has received 2,887 complaints related to coronavirus. Most of those came through during the week of March 23 and have since "noticeably tapered off." The division usually receives just over 2,000 complaints in a given year.

OSHA 's enforcement will focus on more recent complaints, those with "specific allegations," and those that include contact information for the person filing the complaint. The agency said that it can keep personal information confidential upon request.

“This approach will allow us to verify the responses to complaints that we’ve received so far from employers while focusing our enforcement resources on those employers most likely to be in continued non-compliance,” said Michael Wood, administrator for Oregon OSHA.

DCBS cited the latest projections from health researchers that indicate Oregon's social distancing measures have prevented a surge in cases, hospitalizations, and likely deaths. The same projections indicated that those measures would have to continue into May.

"The responsibility for prevention includes certain employers staying closed to the public, and employers who remain open maintaining social-distancing and other safe practices," the agency said. "Tasked with enforcing the order with respect to employers and worker exposure, Oregon OSHA continues to screen complaints, initiate inspections, and consider additional inspection candidates."

So far, the division says it has conducted a dozen on-site inspections. The opening and closing of an inspection – and a decision whether to issue a citation – can take several weeks, depending on the specifics of a case. OSHA says it is working to accelerate that process.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 390066

Reported Deaths: 5142
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah60179836
Washington41910395
Marion39824506
Clackamas32722377
Lane30033354
Jackson24808357
Deschutes23460185
Umatilla15098180
Linn14610179
Douglas13323287
Josephine10134242
Yamhill9717142
Klamath9002145
Polk8162100
Benton608338
Malheur592086
Coos5600106
Columbia429255
Jefferson419366
Lincoln360752
Union338654
Crook332356
Wasco314946
Clatsop261235
Baker219133
Tillamook216345
Hood River211937
Morrow197125
Curry191039
Harney119532
Grant108515
Lake104216
Wallowa75413
Sherman1903
Gilliam1854
Wheeler1141
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Reported Deaths: 74367
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San Diego4050994325
Riverside3873955358
San Bernardino3742565958
Orange3341765710
Sacramento1682422428
Kern1575251791
Fresno1566772252
Santa Clara1519051920
Alameda1251221504
San Joaquin1075271834
Ventura1039691190
Contra Costa1036861046
Stanislaus914651415
Tulare860701095
San Francisco56866669
San Mateo56265629
Monterey52477626
Solano47644356
Santa Barbara47268549
Merced45052667
Sonoma43127412
Placer42120470
Imperial38446773
Kings35204364
San Luis Obispo31463358
Madera26180311
Shasta26082444
Butte25441313
Santa Cruz22209224
Yolo21547257
Marin18447249
El Dorado18294166
Sutter14559186
Napa13419104
Yuba1075689
Tehama10275130
Humboldt10143118
Nevada10014105
Mendocino856097
Lassen796256
San Benito780778
Tuolumne772390
Lake7039110
Amador577066
Siskiyou474555
Glenn456636
Calaveras441288
Del Norte375442
Colusa325319
Inyo256846
Plumas19367
Mono18604
Mariposa159818
Trinity99617
Modoc7655
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