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Employees or their designated representatives can request their medical records and exposure records. Employers must provide access to the records within 15 working days of a request or tell the employee the reason for the delay and the earliest date the record will be available. Employers cannot charge employees or their representatives for a copy of their exposure and medical records.

Oregon OSHA’s rule covering employees’ access to medical records (1910.1020) applies to general industry, construction, and agriculture employers who keep or have access to employee exposure and medical records. 

Unless another Oregon OSHA rule has a different retention period, employers must:

  • Keep medical records for each employee for at least the duration of employment plus 30 years.
  • Keep employee exposure records for at least 30 years.

Recordkeeping can be done by a physician or by other health care personnel in charge of an employee’s medical records.

  • Brochures/Guides
  • Fact sheets
    • Bloodborne pathogens
      An overview of what employers must do to protect workers who may come into contact with blood and other potentially infectious materials that can cause serious illness or death.
      English  01/02/2023
    • Patógenos transmitidos por la sangre
       Bloodborne pathogens
      Una descripción general de lo que los empleadores deben hacer para proteger a los trabajadores que pueden entrar en contacto con sangre y otros materiales potencialmente infecciosos.
      Spanish  02/22/2024
    • Respiratory protection
      Describes general industry respiratory protection requirements and answers provides some questions with answers
      English  01/19/2005
  • References
    • Rules with requirements
      We get many calls and emails from employers asking the same question. It begins: “Which of your rules have requirements for…” You can finish the sentence with words like “recordkeeping,” “employee training,” and “written documents.” To answer those questions, we’ve organized these rules requirements into a filterable, sortable, searchable table.
      English  05/10/2019

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