(a) The Quality Assurance and Assessment
Committee shall establish, maintain and enforce an infection control program,
including universal precautions and isolation procedures, which assures
protection of residents and staff from infections;
(b) The committee shall meet quarterly and as
needed to review facility policies, procedures, and monitor staff performance
relative to infection control. These meetings and the results thereof shall be
(c) In reviewing and
developing facility infection control policies and procedures, the committee
shall consider all guidelines relative to infection control issued by the
Division and by the Center for Disease Control, Atlanta, GA.
Facilities must comply with masking
requirements as prescribed in OAR 333-019-1011
or, if applicable, OAR
, to control the spread of COVID-19.
Facilities must comply with vaccination
requirements for COVID-19 as prescribed in OAR 333-019-1010
. Facilities must
maintain proof of vaccination or documentation of a medical or religious
exemption as required in OAR 333-019-1010
(2) Simultaneous Duties. Personnel shall not
be simultaneously responsible for duties which are incompatible with
sanitation. This includes prohibiting personnel from being assigned to both
resident care and work in the kitchen, laundry, or housekeeping. This also
prohibits personnel from having responsibility for work in the kitchen combined
with laundry, housekeeping or other such conflicting tasks.
(3) Communicable Disease. Each nursing
facility shall maintain compliance with the Health Division rules for
communicable disease, including rules relating to tuberculosis examinations for
facility personnel and residents.
(4) Soiled Laundry. Soiled linen, toweling,
clothing, and sickroom equipment shall not be sorted, laundered, rinsed, or
stored in bathroom, kitchen, resident rooms or clean utility areas. Soiled
linen, toweling and clothing shall be stored in a separate, ventilated room.
Soiled clothing shall be washed separately from soiled linen. Soiled laundry
must be transported and stored in a covered container impervious to moisture.
(5) Waste Disposal. All garbage,
refuse, soiled surgical dressings and other similar wastes shall be disposed of
in a manner that will not create a nuisance or a public health hazard and which
is consistent with the State Health Division's rules for infectious waste (OAR
333, division 056). When community garbage collections and disposal service are
not available, garbage and refuse shall be disposed of by some other equally
effective and sanitary manner approved by the local health officer.
(6) Clean Linen Storage. All clean linen
shall be stored in clean storage rooms or cupboards easily accessible to
nursing personnel. Laundry carts used for storing clean linen shall be kept
covered when not in use.
Or. Admin. R.
SSD 19-1990, f. 8-29-90,
cert. ef. 10-1-90;
41-2021, temporary amend filed 09/30/2021, effective
11-2022, amend filed 03/10/2022, effective
Statutory/Other Authority: ORS
Statutes/Other Implemented: ORS