Protect your employees after COVID-19 and before and upon reopening

I got the green light to reopen my business. Now what?

This is not a comprehensive guide, but loaded with ideas to help you ensure your employees feel safe.

Your first step is to visit your association or membership of organizations for your business sector. Consult your organization (online or phone) to see if they have published their own guidelines specific to your business.

Here’s a great list of associations related to your field of work:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_industry_trade_groups_in_the_United_States

For instance, the restaurants, work with the National Restaurant Association who have published their own guidelines for staff and customers.

OSHA has a nice PDF that delineates which employees are at a small, medium or high risk of exposure: https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3990.pdf

Simple things for your staff

Make sure your staff is healthy. Daily temperature checks. See that your office, place of business can accommodate social distancing. Insist on hand washing several times a day. Have hand sanitizer with automatic pumps and paper towels in several areas of your business. Provide hand washing training, drying, plenty of soap and drying materials. Require that your staff follow sanitary guidelines to keep your customers and themselves safe.

Examine policies for leave, telework, and employee compensation. Make sure employees know that you are ok with them working from home or going home if they do not feel well.
Be aware that some employees may be at higher risk for severe illness, such as older adults and those with underlying medical conditions.

Eliminate control measures to reduce such exposure to the illness. Face masks, social distancing, plastic shields on (microphones, to separate office space, employees from paying customers). Sanitize frequently during the day.

Conduct daily health checks on your employees and consult the following site regarding confidentiality and employee/employer relationship tips:

https://www.eeoc.gov/wysk/what-you-should-know-about-covid-19-and-ada-rehabilitation-act-and-other-eeo-laws

Sick employees should immediately be sent home and separated from visitors, other employees and customers. You may need to have a contingency plan to transport your employee home.

Key times for employees to clean their hands include:
Before and after work shifts
Before and after work breaks
After blowing their nose, coughing, or sneezing
After using the restroom
Before eating or preparing food
After putting on, touching, or removing cloth face coverings

Clean workstations, keyboards, telephones, handrails, and doorknobs daily and frequently during the day. Dirty surfaces can be cleaned with soap and water prior to disinfection. To disinfect, use products that meet EPA’s criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2:

https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2-covid-19, the cause of COVID-19, and are appropriate for the surface.

COVID-19 Work Safety

Guidance for keeping your staff safe

Leave a Comment