How to return to your workplace when the risk of COVID-19 coronavirus is still a worldwide concern. Consider the following recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to protect employers, employees, and customers’ health.
Recommendations for a healthy workplace
The CDC suggests identifying where and how people could be exposed to COVID-19.
1st this can be done via a hazard assessment of the workplace which includes: identifying areas where close contact is possible, such as meeting rooms, counters, break areas, and entry/exits. Then consider modifying room arrangement, installing physical barriers, or using visual cues like tape/signs to increase social distancing. If there are communal items such as a coffee pot or water cooler, consider alternatives such as single-use items.
2nd develop a communication plan to discuss these health and safety changes with all on-site workers. Also, include any contractors who need to be aware of workplace modifications.
3rd consider ventilation changes that are possible, such as increasing outdoor air to dilute indoor air. Refer to the CDC site for more ventilation suggestions.
4th consider conducting health checks and a routine for cleaning/disinfecting workspace. In addition, provide reminders about symptoms of COVID-19, frequent handwashing, face coverings, sterilization of workspace, social distancing, and what to do if experiencing symptoms.
Preventing the transmission of COVID-19 is important to your workplace health and safety. Refer to more recommendations on the CDC.gov website.
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