Oregon Statutes - Chapter 692 - Funeral Service Practitioners; Embalmers; Funeral Establishments; Cemetery and Crematory Operators - Section 692.320 - Powers and duties; rules.

(1) The State Mortuary and Cemetery Board has the power to adopt and enforce for the protection of the public health, safety and welfare reasonable rules relating to the following:

(a) The licensing of funeral service practitioners, embalmers, funeral establishments, crematoriums and cemeteries.

(b) The registration of apprentices.

(c) The practice of funeral service practitioners and embalmers, and the operation of funeral establishments, immediate disposition companies, crematoriums and cemeteries.

(d) Sanitary conditions of funeral establishments, crematoriums, cemeteries and any location in which dead human bodies are stored or processed prior to final disposition.

(e) Matters necessary to carry out the provisions of this chapter.

(2) Other than areas used as living quarters, the board shall inspect not less than once biennially the facilities and records of funeral establishments, cemeteries and crematoriums and immediate disposition companies and any location in which dead human bodies may be stored, temporarily held or processed prior to final disposition. The inspection of the records of such locations shall be limited to those records required to comply with this chapter or ORS chapter 432 or rules adopted pursuant thereto. The board may make random inspections at other times. The board shall employ one or more persons to perform such inspections and aid in the enforcement of this chapter and rules adopted thereunder. No person employed under this subsection may be a member of the board or actively engaged in a practice regulated by this chapter.

(3) The board may hold hearings, conduct investigations, subpoena witnesses, administer oaths and take testimony in order to carry out the provisions of this chapter.

(4) The board shall have a common seal and, subject to any applicable provision of the State Personnel Relations Law, may employ necessary administrative staff, fix the compensation for them and incur other necessary expenses. [Amended by 1957 c.596 §8; 1973 c.411 §11; 1983 c.389 §6; 1983 c.810 §22; 1985 c.207 §17; 1987 c.252 §1; 1989 c.177 §12; 1993 c.248 §4; 1997 c.638 §11]

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