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)
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Resources
City of Portland and Multnomah County Health Department Resources
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 for visually impaired
- Simplified Chinese
- Traditional Chinese
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
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:
400 High St. NE
Salem, OR 97312
Learn more about filing a claim and the claim process