To reduce the impact of COVID-19 outbreak conditions on businesses, workers, customers, and the public, it is important for all employers to plan now for COVID-19.
Here are some of the steps that employers can take to reduce their workers’ risk of exposure to COVID-19.
1) Develop an infectious disease preparedness and response plan that can help guide protective actions against COVID-19 ensuring compliance with all government regulations.
2) All employers should implement good hygiene and infection control practices, including:
a) Promoting frequent and thorough hand washing, and providing a place to wash their hands
b) provide alcohol-based hand rubs containing at least 60% alcohol
c) Encourage workers to stay home if they are sick
d) Encourage respiratory etiquette, including covering coughs and sneezes
e) Provide customers and the public with tissues and trash receptacles
f) Employers should establish policies and practices such as flexible worksites (telecommuting) and flexible work hours (staggered shifts), to increase the physical distance between employees
g) Discourage workers from using other workers’ phones, desks, offices, or other work tools and equipment
h) Maintain routine cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces, equipment, and other elements of the work environment
3) Establish policies and procedures for the prompt Identification and isolation of ill people.
4) Develop, implement, and communicate about workplace flexibility and protections.
5) Provide PPE for all employees (Personal Protective Equipment) and consider a mandatory requirement for wearing masks while in the office and near other employees. Examples of PPE include: gloves, goggles, face shields, face masks, and respiratory protection.
6) Ensure compliance with OSHA standards.
7) Close off the kitchen and any other areas that may have people touching the same surfaces.
If you would like additional information on how your business can be most effective and safe during this very challenging time, feel free to reach out to: Michael Rosenblatt, President of The Quest Organization at Michael@questorg.com