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First Aid/CPR/Bloodborne Pathogens Training During COVID-19 Emergency

This communication is for those professions overseen by the Health Licensing Office which require First Aid / CPR / Bloodborne Pathogens (or any mix of these as stated in Oregon Administrative Rule) for initial licensure/certification/registration (authorization), or for those needing to obtain recertification to renew your authorization:

During the Governor’s declared state of emergency due to COVID-19, the requirement to be certified to gain your initial authorization or to renew your authorization remains in place, however; the hands-on skill competency assessment by a qualified instructor can be waived and you are allowed to take all required courses online. If available, courses can still be taken in person if you are able to be in compliance with the Governor’s executive orders when doing so.

If you need to obtain your First Aid / CPR / Bloodborne Pathogens certification (or any mix of these), or get recertified, please refer to our approved provider list to inquire if these organizations are able to provide you with an online course or a remote-in option with an instructor.

HLO Closed to Public Walk-Ins but Staffed to Assist You

​In an effort to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Oregon and protect employees and the public, the Health Licensing Office (HLO) will be changing the way it provides services at our location in Salem. Effective Wednesday, March 25, 2020, the HLO walk-in lobby will be closed indefinitely to the public due to the Governor's Executive Order No. 20-12.

The HLO will remain open to staff so they can assist you by way of email: hlo.info@state.or.us, and phone: (503) 378-8667, during our normal business hours. Many of your questions can also be answered by visiting the HLO website and the Oregon Health Authority, COVID-19 updates page.

HLO business hours:

​​​Monday: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Once a determination for reopening to the public has been made, we will post the date to our website. Please check back often for status updates.

Businesses/Facilities - To Close or Not to Close Due to COVID-19

Please refer to Executive Order No. 20-12, signed by the Governor on March 23, 2020.

Please continue to closely and carefully monitor the situation by visiting the Oregon Health Authority, COVID-19 updates page for the latest updates and guidance as the information is changing rapidly: https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19

Obtaining Continuing Education During COVID-19 State of Emergency (revised)

​The Health Licensing Office has filed a temporary Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) with the Secretary of State's Office. The temporary rule language impacts the Office's license, certification, and registration holders regarding continuing education requirements as a condition for renewal during the COVID-19 state of emergency. The temporary rule is good for 180 days, from March 18 to September 13, 2020.

Upcoming HLO Closures Due to State Holidays

​Mark your calendar and note that the Health Licensing Office (and all State of Oregon agencies) will be closed on the following day:

  • Monday, May 25, 2020, for Memorial Day

Military Spouse Proposed Rules Due to 2019 Senate Bill 688

Health Licensing Office has filed Health Licensing Office has filed proposed rules with the Oregon Secretary of State. The proposed rules will be published in the October 1, 2019, Oregon Bulletin. You are invited to review the proposed rules and submit comments from October 1 through 9 a.m. on October 28, 2019.

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