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October 2013

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Q:

I recently walked into our staff break room – which has a refrigerator and sink – and found one of our managers washing her pet Chihuahua in the sink. That's also the only room in the building where I am allowed to prepare and eat my food. I told her it was unsanitary but she said there was absolutely nothing wrong with it. This is a family-run business and her brother is the owner. Are there any Oregon OSHA rules prohibiting the practice?

A:

Oregon OSHA's sanitation rules do not prohibit the situation you describe. There is a basic requirement that all places of employment must be kept clean, but the requirement does not forbid washing a Chihuahua; it would only require that the sink be cleaned afterwards.

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