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COVID-19: Information and updates for LCB licensees & applicants

Examinations

Closure of Testing Sites

LCB has been notified by our third party testing provider, PSI that testing sites are open, but are limited in their capacity for the number of tests to be provided in a day due to social distancing requirements in Oregon.  For updates and the official notice see PSI's website at PSI's Website.


Extension of Time for Applications Expiring Between March 1, 2020 and August30, 2020

LCB has filed a temporary rule that extends application expirations from March 1, 2020 to August 30, 2020. If your application expired within those dates, you are being provided a deferral to August 31, 2020. 


New OSHA COVID-19 Transportation Guidelines

OSHA is recommending the landscape and construction industry follow the transportation guidelines in the Temporary Administrative Rule Addressing the COVID-19 Public Health  Emergency in Labor Housing and Agricultural Employment which makes for more than 1 person per vehicle if they can maintain 3 feet distance and wear a mask or cloth facial covering over their nose and mouth.

Temporary Administrative Rule Addressing the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency in Labor Housing and Agricultural  Employment
(13) Section 3: Disease prevention in employer-provided transportation (a) During the current emergency and for activities covered by Section 1 of this rule, employers must ensure that the following disease prevention measures are implemented, at a minimum, when transportation is provided to and from the workplace or used to move individuals between workplaces: (A) The vehicle operator and any passengers must be separated by at least 3 feet during the operation of the vehicle. Seats that do not allow for such separation cannot be used, regardless of the vehicle’s normal capacity. (B) The vehicle operator and any passengers must wear cloth facial coverings that cover their nose and mouth. (C) All high-contact surfaces (door handles, seatbelt buckles, armrests, steering wheel, etc.) must be sanitized before each trip, or at least twice each day when in continuous use. (b) For workers who may commute to and from the worksite with individuals outside their household, the employer must advise them of the risks presented by close contact and encourage them to employ practices similar to those described in subsection (1) above.

Governor's Executive Order 20-12

On March 23rd, Governor Brown issued  Executive Order 20-12 to "Stay at Home". The order specifies businesses that are prohibited to operate and landscape construction was not included on that list. The order requires all businesses that remain in operation to employ social distancing guidelines and to designate an employee or officer to establish, implement, and enforce social distancing policies consistent with guidance from the Oregon Health Authority.



Conducting business with the LCB

Governor Brown encourages social distancing measures to help slow the spread of COVID-19.  LCB encourages all licensees, applicants and  other members of the public to conduct business online, over the phone, by fax or email.  Please contact our helpful staff at 503-967-6291 or by email at lcb.info@oregon.gov.  A member of our staff will reply as soon as possible.

LCB has closed its offices to the general public and Board staff will be following the social distancing measures outlined in Governor Brown's Executive Order No. 20-12. Please be advised that it may take longer than usual to receive a response.   


CEH Classes
Recent restrictions established by the Governor may have required cancellation of in person classes for CEH.  Future classes may also cancel as the situation develops.  Licensees should not wait for in person classes to be rescheduled, if possible.  There are online classes available.


Resources

Resources are being made available every day to help businesses through this challenging time.  To connect Oregon contractors to organizations that help businesses, here's a list of the relevant and useful resources:

Business Resources


Workers' Comp

Check with your workers compensation provider for resources and information about how your workers comp is affected by COVID-19  Also check with the state’s Worker’s Comp Division for frequently asked questions and answers.

State and Federal Government

  • Oregon Legislature - Check here for information about legislation relating to COVID-19.
  • The Small  Business Owner's Guide to the CARES Act - The Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act allocates money to businesses and individuals affected by the pandemic.

Financial Resources


Health and Safety

Alert!  Potential Scam That Could Impact Contractors

Recently,  OSHA has received multiple complaints of fraudulent work site checks occurring in Oregon workplaces. Read the OSHA press release to learn more about this scam and how to protect yourself.

   
State Resources:

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