CDC Recommended Tips For Employers Made Simple
There’s a lot of information out there about what to do once your business has reopened during Covid-19. How do you maintain a healthy work environment? What’s the best way to clean? What happens if an employee returns a positive Covid-19 test?
We’ve done all the research for you and outlined it in these quick to read, easy to understand tips.
Social Distance In The Workplace
Maintaining a safe distance from others is one of the best practices to slow the spread of infection. Do the following in your workplace to better enforce social distancing:
- Limit the number of employees allowed in the office each day
- Reconfigure your office to create workstations for employees that are safer from infection
- Use social distancing signs and floor decals to remind employees of the practice
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The Do’s & Don’ts Of Cloth Face Coverings
All employees in the workplace must wear face coverings. According to the CDC, cloth is best for standard office wear, but keep in mind the following:
- Make sure that the fabric is breathable. Employees shouldn’t be wearing fabrics that are too thick or stifling.
- They must wear the mask at all times in the workplace and out in public.
- It should completely cover employees’ noses and mouths.
- Workplaces with childcare should never have a cloth mask on children under the age of 2.
- Enforce the wearing of cloth masks. PPE & medical grade masks should be reserved for the professionals in the healthcare industry.
Better Cleaning & Disinfection
Keeping a sanitary workplace is more important now than ever to prevent the spread of infection. Follow the following tips to clean your workplace confidently during Covid-19:
- Gloves should always be worn when handling cleaning chemicals and should be discarded after each cleaning.
- Hands should be thoroughly washed after removing the gloves to avoid contaminating the freshly cleaned surfaces with germs that may be on the skin.
- Pre-clean surfaces before applying disinfectant to them.
- Surfaces should be disinfected only with products from the List N to ensure that they can effectively combat the Coronavirus.
- Lock up all cleaning chemicals after use to prevent spills and keep them out of children’s reach.
When Should An Employee Stay Home?
A huge feature of Covid-19 is that it affects everyone differently. Many people just feel like they have a touch of the flu or show no symptoms at all. Covid-19’s hidden nature means that extra precaution must always be taken in the workplace. Anyone who has symptoms of the virus must stay home. You can monitor you staffs health by doing the following:
- Any employee returning to the office must have proof of a negative Covid-19 test or be symptom-free for a 2-week period after testing positive.
- Take the temperature of every employee, every day, at the entrance to the office with no-contact thermometers.
What To Do If You Have A Worker Who Tests Positive For Covid-19?
It is unlikely that you will have to shut down the entire office, but complete the following to ensure that your workplace remains a safe environment for the rest of your staff:
- Identify where and how workers might be exposed to COVID-19 at work
- Inform employees of the infection, but it is imperative to maintain the confidentiality in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
- Have a transport procedure in place for any employee who falls ill during a workday
- Wait 24-hours to clean & disinfect the areas to prevent cleaning staff & others from being exposed to germs in airborne droplets
- Open all doors and windows to fully ventilate the area
Other Helpful Tips
Your employees have a responsibility to each other to practice good hygiene and use all precautions to prevent the spread of illness. These are some things you can do in the workplace to help:
- Set up hand sanitizing stations so employees can consistently kill germs on their hands
- Request that all employees wash hands or sanitize hands upon arriving work
- Provide employees with antimicrobial office supplies to reduce the cultivation of germs on workplace surfaces
Does your workplace have all the Covid-19 essentials & PPE to operate effectively during the pandemic?