​OHCC Trainings- Protecting Health and Safety 

Protecting your health and safety while working as a homecare and personal support worker is very important. OHCC encourages workers to take the following courses:


Preventing Disease Transmission*

This course is usually offered in-person, but to protect the health and safety of attendees during the pandemic, the course is offered as a two-hour webinar.  The course covers:
  • Causes of infectious disease and routes of transmission
  • COVID-19 information
  • Standard precautions, proper hand-washing techniques, and protective personal equipment (PPE)
  • Reducing risks
  • Housekeeping and caregiving best practices
*This course counts towards earning 2.5 hours of safety-type credits for the Professional Development Certification.


National COVID-Ready Caregiver Certification Course**

This course was developed by Nextstep and is offered through OHCC free-of-charge for homecare and personal support workers. This 2.5 hour course offers video modules and features Dr. Vin Gupta, a nationally recognized COVID-19 expert. The course covers:
  • COVID-19 basics
  • Protecting yourself and others from COVID-19
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) and temperature taking
  • Tools to reduce stress and anxiety
  • Caring for older adults and those at risk
  • Cleaning surfaces
  • What to do if you become ill
  • Knowledge check
Those who successfully complete the course will earn a National COVID-Ready certificate.

**This course counts towards earning 2.5 hours of safety-type credits for the Professional Development Certification.


Important Information About Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Fact Sheet: Infographic and New Policy: COVID-19 Mask and Cloth Face Covering Guidance for Consumer-Employers and Homecare Workers.

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Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Resources

City of Portland and Multnomah County Health Department Resources​

The video Help Stop the Spread of COVID-19​ is presented by the City of Portland and the Multnomah County Health Department and is offered in 38 languages.

Infection Control Resources​

*The Self-Study courses listed above are non-credit courses for HCWs/PSWs


Injured on the job?

Homecare workers and personal support workers who are represented by Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 503 are eligible for workers' compensation coverage for injuries that occur on the job.

For more information about what to do if you are inured on the job, please download the "What to do if you are injured on the job" flyer found on SAIF's website.

The flyers are available in the following languages and formats:

  • English
  • English for visually impaired
  • Spanish
  • Russian
  • Vietnamese
  • Arabic
  • Simplified Chinese
  • Traditional Chinese
  • Somali
  • Korean

801 Claim Form

To request an 801 Claim Form or for assistance with filing a claim, please contact:

Kelly Rosenau, Workers' Compensation Coordinator
Oregon Home Care Commission
550 Capitol St. NE
Salem, OR 97301
Phone: 503-378-3099
Toll-free: 888-365-0001
E-mail: kelly.k.rosenau@dhsoha.state.or.us

When seeking medical attention

Complete Form 827, Worker's and Physician's Report.

Managing your claim and getting back to work.

Forward the completed 827 report to:
SAIF Corporation
400 High St. NE
Salem, OR 97312

Phone: 800-285-8525
Fax: 800-475-7785

Learn more about filing a claim and the claim process​​


​Safety Manual​

Safety Manual for homecare workersThe Safety Manual provides important information about health and safety. It is designed to help homecare and personal support workers stay safe and avoid injuries, illnesses, and hazards while providing in-home services. The manual is a tool for you to use along with the health and safety classes offered by the OHCC. It’s a good idea, to review the “Workers’ Safety Supply List” in the manual and keep supplies on hand.
Please take the time to review the Safety Manual and register for our health and safety training classes.


Quit tobacco

The Quit Line is a telephone and web-based counseling service to help Oregonians quit using tobacco and nicotine products.

Flu prevention

People can spread the flu even if they don't know they’re sick. The flu can be more serious for some people, including older people, young children and people with certain health conditions. Learn more about preventing the flu.​