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Oregon Worker Safety Laws and Rights during COVID19

There are problems with worker safety in every single business right now. Rather than boycott the businesses as a consumer, it would be more helpful to get the word out to Oregon Employees as to what can be done to force employers to comply with safety laws that are already in place. Workplace safety laws may vary from State to State.

Here in Oregon we have Governor Brown's emergency order. Workers can take a copy of this order and show it to their managers or the HR department: Here is the order: It spells out that Oregon employers can only operate if they can provide adequate social distancing between the workers.  Governor Brown's Emergency Order regarding Oregon workers and businesses.

Any Oregon worker who does not feel that their work place is complying with this order can contact OSHA and/or BOLI which are the Oregon Agencies that enforce workplace safety and my experience is they really pounce on employers who are not following strict safety guidelines.

From BOLI: COVID-19 / Coronavirus - Curtailment of Operations All Bureau of Labor and Industries offices are closed to the public for in-person visits. Agency functions continue and we are available for any questions you have. You can contact us by phone or email. For questions about coronavirus and workplace laws, see Coronavirus and Workplace Laws. Oregonians can call 971-673-0761 or email . Employers can call our Technical Assistance hotline 971-673-0824 or email .   BOLI webpage

From OSHA: In response to COVID-19, our offices are closed to the public. We are available to serve Oregonians by phone and email. Oregon OSHA workplace guidance and resources for COVID-19 (en español). Visit the COVID-19 insurance and financial services site for FAQ’s and more information (en español).​ Visit the Oregon Health Authority for up-to-date general information about COVID-19.​​​​​  OSHA webpage

Readers, you are welcome to redistribute this information to any and all Oregon workers who could benefit from this information!
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