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OR-OSHA’s New COVID-19 Standard – Feedback Needed!

OR OSHAs New COVID 19 Standard

The COVID-19 pandemic and associated closures have devastated businesses across Oregon. And now, OR-OSHA is moving forward with a new COVID-19 Standard that is intended to protect employees during the pandemic. Unfortunately, as drafted these rules will actually harm Oregon businesses and create a significant cost burden! OR-OSHA has committed to finalizing the rules by September 21st and needs to hear from impacted employers like, Tigard Chamber of Commerce TODAY before these rules are finalized.
A full summary of the draft rules can be found HERE. Key issues include:

  • New sanitization requirements that mandate the cleaning of all high-touch surfaces and shared equipment each time before use by another employee or customer. It’s totally unreasonable to demand that a workplace sanitize every door handle and restroom stall between each individual use!
  • A 3-foot social distancing requirement for all employer-provided transportation.
  • A new 80+ hour paid leave mandate requiring ALL EMPLOYERS to provide paid leave (and benefits) whenever an employee is exposed to the COVID-19 virus, regardless of whether the exposure occurred at work or at a party or in their private residence. Note that this will be enforceable by BOLI, OR-OSHA and through a Private Right of Action against the employer!

Enough is enough! In June 2020, the Oregon legislature actually declined to move forward with this flawed concept, removing it from the omnibus COVID-19 policy package during the First Special Session. Now OR-OSHA is advancing this new mandate DESPITE clear legislative intent. The agency needs to hear from impacted stakeholders today before they finalize the temporary COVID-19 Standard.

You can make your voice heard, through the easy to use tool Voter Voice at this link.  There is draft letter already crafted which you can use and simply fill in your contact info so it goes to your legislative representatives as well as OR-OSHA.

Take a few minutes and help your business and other businesses!  Feel free to also share this email broadly.

See the Tigard Chamber’s letter to OR-OSHA and legislative reps here.

2020 Tigard Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Recipients

2020 High School Scholarship Reciptients

The Tigard Chamber of Commerce (TCC) is pleased to announce the 2020 recipients of the Tigard Shining Stars Scholarship Awards. The scholarships are made possible by a generous donation from Westside Professional Business Associates (WPBA), Pride Disposal, and roughly 80 businesses who are members of the Tigard Chamber of Commerce. Applicants were judged based on career plans, extracurricular and/ or work activities, scholastic achievement and letters of recommendation.

Please join us in congratulating the following students for earning this highly competitive scholarship:

  • Luc Ta, Tigard High School
  • Maria Delgado, Tigard High School
  • Teddy Fronczak, Tualatin High School
Luc Ta Tigard High

Luc Ta is a self-taught musician that has been a part of the Jazz Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, Pit Orchestra, Marching and Pep Band and Tigard Wind Quintet at Tigard High School. He was also the Co-President of the Philosophy Club and the President of the Teen Library Council at the Tigard Public Library. His volunteer efforts include assisting the Tigard Band Boosters, giving free math and physics tutoring and performing at retirement homes. With all his extracurricular activities and volunteering, he maintained a 4.0 GPA with IB classes.

One of Luc’s teachers stated, “While Luc clearly stands out academically, even amongst our “best and brightest.” He was also the most positive and supportive student I had as well.”

Maria Delgado Tigard High School

Maria Delgado is a graduate from Tigard High School. She has been a member of the Mecha Club and the Key Club. She has also volunteered for the Tigard Public Library, Northwest Children’s Outreach and at the Cinco de Mayo fair. While managing schoolwork, clubs, and volunteering, she also worked at BareMinerals and is currently working at Taco Bell.

Maria’s teacher at Tigard High School, says “I have been thoroughly impressed with her as a student and as a role model to her peers. Maria is an outstanding individual with the drive to excel academically.”


Teddy Fronczak is a heavily involved graduate from Tualatin High School. He has been on Student Council as an officer, was the Student Body President and has been a student representative to the TTSD school board. He has also been involved in the high school newspaper called “The Wolf”, Drama Club, and the Future Business Leaders of America. He was on the Soccer team and track team as well.

Along with his extracurriculars, he has worked at Panera Bread and Dutch Bros Coffee. He also volunteered for the OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital and is a member of the Key Club.

On top of all of this, he was able to maintain a 3.8 GPA with IB classes.

Matt Unis, Activities Director/ Student Council Advisor, says “In his (Teddy) time here at Tualatin he has helped to change our culture towards inclusiveness amongst our student population. His warm smile and genuine caring have been obvious and infectious.”

Our congratulation again to all three recipients. The scholarships will formally be given out in a special live streamed award ceremony on August 26 at 3 PM. Tune in on the Tigard Chamber Facebook page or YouTube channel to hear from each of our recipients.  We will be discussing favorite classes, college plans and career goals.

For further details about the Tigard Chamber Scholarship Award Ceremony, please contact the Tigard Chamber of Commerce at 503-639-1656 or at