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​Homecare Workforce Health and Safety

Information, tools and resources to help workers stay safe and avoid injuries, illnesses and hazards while providing in-home services.

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General resources

​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 adults, young children and people with certain health conditions.

Visit the Oregon Health Authority’s flu prevention website to learn how to prevent the flu, where to find flu vaccine in your community, and flu fact sheets in multiple languages.​

Flu and COVID-19 Prevention

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Workers' Compensati​​on

HCWs and PSW represented by SEIU 503 are eligible for workers' compensation coverage for injuries that occur on the job.

For more information, see this flyer from SAIF: 

Makin​​g a claim

​Visit the SAIF website to learn about the process. 

801 Claim Form

To request an 801 Claim Form or for help filing a claim, please contact:​

Kelly Rosenau, Workers' Compensation Coordinator
Phone: 503-378-3099
Toll-free: 888-365-0001

When seeking medical attention

Complete Form 827: Worker's and Health Care Provider's Report. Submit your completed form to:

SAIF Corporation
400 High St ​NE
Salem, OR 97312
Phone: 800-285-8525
Fax: 800-475-7785

​Safety cour​​​​ses

Protecting​​ your health and safety while working as a homecare and personal support worker is very important.

​OHCC encourages workers to take the following safety courses by enrolling through the Registry or calling OHCC at 877-867-0077.

  • Preventing Disease Transmission*
  • Protect Against Sprains and Strains
  • TRIPS: Taking Responsibility in Personal Safety​

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


Communities of Practice and Safety Support (COMPASS)*

COMPASS, is a unique training program offered to homecare and personal support workers that focuses on workers’ safety, health ​and well-being.

​*This program ​​counts towards earning 5 ​hours of safety-type credits for the Professional Development Certification​.​​​​


Infection Control Self-S​tudy Course​

​How to r​​equest PPE

If you need to order PPE for your safety or the safety of the people you support, please contact OHCC.

The requirement to wear masks in Oregon's healthcare settings ended on April 3, 2023. The state will no longer require providers, consumers or visitors to wear masks. Healthcare settings include the homes where consumers live.

  • HCWs, PSWs and PCAs are no longer required to wear masks.
  • Consumers, their families, representatives and visitors are no longer required to wear masks.

However, consumers have the right to require their providers and support team to wear masks around them.

  • If you are asked by a consumer or their representative to wear a mask, you must follow the request.
  • If you are sick, please consider wearing a mask to protect others.
  • If you have questions, contact your personal agent or service coordinator.

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) resources

COVID-19 information fact sheets

Infection Control