Oregon Statutes - Chapter 624 - Food Service Facilities - Section 624.130 - Training to relieve choking; methods of training; exemptions; fees.

(1) Any restaurant where food is served to be consumed on the premises shall require that its food service employees, within a reasonable time after date of employment, be trained to administer emergency first aid to relieve any person choking on food particles pursuant to a training program approved by the local public health authority or as described in Red Cross Manual 32-1138 as the “abdominal thrust” procedures.

(2) A local public health authority shall provide or cause to be provided the necessary training program at reasonable intervals, as determined by the local authority. The local public health authority must provide for the training requirement of this section to be met by inclusion of the necessary training in a food handler training program under ORS 624.570 or by the placement of posters in the workplace.

(3) The local public health authority may charge reasonable fees to cover actual expenses of providing the training and issuing verification of training.

(4) The local public health authority may waive in writing the training requirements of this section in cases of undue hardship, or where the local authority determines that the employee’s assignment renders such training impracticable or unnecessary.

(5) Civil or criminal liability to the restaurant or restaurant employees may not result from good faith application by a trained person of the first aid described under subsection (1) of this section. [1977 c.824 §1; 2001 c.975 §4a; 2003 c.309 §12]

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