Guidance from the CDC on how to get back to an operational state.
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How to get started:
Identify a workplace coordinator who will be responsible for COVID-19 issues and their impact at the workplace.
Examine policies for leave, telework, and employee compensation.
- Leave policies should be flexible and non-punitive, and allow sick employees to stay home and away from co-workers. Leave policies should also account for employees who need to stay home with their children if there are school or childcare closures, or to care for sick family members.
- When possible, use flexible worksites (e.g., telework) and flexible work hours (e.g., staggered shifts) to help establish policies and practices for social distancing (maintaining distance of approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) between employees and others, especially if social distancing is recommended by state and local health authorities.
Review your leave policies with all employees and provide information about available employee assistance services. Share information on steps they can take to protect themselves at work and at home, and any available
Identify essential employees and business functions, and other critical inputs such as raw materials, suppliers, subcontractor services/products, and logistics required to maintain business operations. Explore ways you can continue business operations if there are disruptions.
Prepare business continuity plans for significant absenteeism, supply chain disruptions, or changes in the way you need to conduct business.
Establish an emergency communications plan. Identify key contacts (with back-ups), chain of communications (including suppliers and customers), and processes for tracking and communicating about business and employee status.
Share your response plans with employees and clearly communicate expectations. It is important to let employees know plans and expectations if COVID-19 occurs in communities where you have a workplace.
Find the detailed webpage here.
|Factor||Potential mitigation activities according to level of community transmission or impact of COVID-19 by setting|
|None to Minimal||Minimal to moderate||Substantial|
“What workplaces can do to prepare for COVID-19, if the workplace has cases of COVID-19, or if the community is experiencing spread of COVID-19)”
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|Actively encourage sick employees to stay home.||Develop policies that encourage sick employees to stay at home without fear of reprisals, and ensure employees are aware of these policies.|
|Have conversations with employees about their concerns.||Some employees may be at higher risk for severe illness, such as older adults and those with chronic medical conditions.|
|Develop other flexible policies for scheduling and telework (if feasible) and create leave policies||to allow employees to stay home to care for sick family members or care for children if schools and childcare close.|
|Talk with companies that provide your business with contract or temporary employees about their plans.||Discuss the importance of sick employees staying home and encourage them to develop non-punitive “emergency sick leave” policies.|
|Promote etiquette for coughing and sneezing and handwashing.||Provide tissues, no-touch trash cans, soap and water, and hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.|
|Plan to implement practices to minimize face-to-face contact between employees if social distancing is recommended by your state or local health department.||Actively encourage flexible work arrangements such as teleworking or staggered shifts.|
|Perform routine environmental cleaning.||Routinely clean and disinfect all frequently touched surfaces, such as workstations, countertops, handrails, and doorknobs. Discourage sharing of tools and equipment, if feasible.|
|Consider the need for travel and explore alternatives.||Check CDC’s Travelers’ Health for the latest guidance and recommendations. Consider using teleconferencing and video conferencing for meetings, when possible.|
|Provide education and training materials||in an easy to understand format and in the appropriate language and literacy level for all employees, like fact sheets and posters.|
|If an employee becomes sick while at work,||they should be separated from other employees, customers, and visitors and sent home immediately. Follow CDC guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting areas the sick employee visited.|
OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for Covid-19
Find the 35 page pdf here.
This guidance is not a standard or regulation, and it creates no new legal obligations. It contains recommendations as well as descriptions of mandatory safety and health standards. The recommendations are advisory in nature, informational in content, and are intended to assist employers in providing a safe and healthful workplace.
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