Step one is preparing your workplace

 Number one make sure you gather information resources.

Check with your state and local health and government officials for any guidance that they have issued!

Check the CDC website for guidance on business operations mitigation strategies and other information

Also, check with the interim guide created by OSHA regarding guidelines it has issued for workspaces.

You should check with the federal and state department of labor regarding guidelines they’ve issued as well.

Reducing transmission

Number one review and update your sick leave policy

It’s important in the climate of the current crisis that you encourage sick employees to stay home.

You must provide your employees with information about the symptoms so they will know if they’re becoming sick, there’s also technology available that you can install in the workplace to detect individual workers that are having fevers or raised body temperature so you can be proactive in separating them from people who they could spread their illness too. 

A sick employee should follow the CBC steps and should not return to work until the criteria are met for them to come out of self Quarantine by the CDC!

This also encompasses checking with your health care provider and also staying abreast of what the interim data is from the local state and government on best practices for mitigating the spread of coronavirus!

Employees who have a sick family member at home should notify their supervisor and look to local resources from the local government on best practices.

Remember to take special consideration for older employees, if they will return to work the best practices for these employees are to stay more than 6 feet from other employees as well as potential incoming customers and clients to the business.

Keep these employees doing different tasks that require no face-to-face interactions, and try to keep them separated from individuals who may be less susceptible to showing symptoms of COVID-19.

Also, consider remote work opportunities for these types of employees whenever possible.

A sick employee shouldn’t even be at work, but if they do arrive; you need to devise a plan to separate them from the good employees immediately, Next they should be sent home, and be advised to follow the CDC guidelines.

If you have a confirmed case in your workplace, it is your duty as an employer to inform fellow employees of their risk of exposure.

Remember it’s important to not reveal the identity of the confirmed case, to not violate any health privacy laws!

Remember to educate employees on how to take steps themselves at their workplace, and also in social environments to reduce their risk of getting sick.

Remember to refer to the CBC and OSHA guidelines for employee safety at the workplace, and as an employer make your best efforts to keep soap and water, hand sanitizer; mask, and other critical tools to arm your employees with what they need to mitigate the spread in there work Environments.

Employees should become responsible for cleaning and disinfecting their work area, and also be armed with the proper training on procedures to do so effectively.

This includes things like throwing away their trash and cleaning off of their work surfaces as well as their computer keyboards in anything else in the immediate work area that is frequently touched.

The above efforts should be put in a procedure and be policy driven by the leaders of your organization.

You as the employer should make sure that all common areas like elevators, handrails in any other place that has a high touch rate by your employees are consistently cleaned and disinfected to mitigate the spread.

The EPA has put together a list of approved disinfectants to use that you should incorporate inside of your new standard operating procedures for cleaning inside of your workspace.

Also, make sure your employees understand that they should avoid using other employees’ desk tools phones, etc.  and if for some reason they have to use the item station clean and disinfect the items in accordance with the CDC standards before and after use.

Finally, you want to inform your employees about the advantages Of social distancing. 

And at times when people do you have to work together, it’s recommended that they maintain that 6 feet distance.

Identify a workplace coordinator manager or supervisor

This person will be responsible for understanding all of the coronavirus policy procedures issues mandates etc.

This party will act as a resource for workers looking to become educated on how to protect themselves to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Implement a flexible sick-leave plan, show support for your employees with your new practices and principles.

Your employees shouldn’t feel like they’re being punished because they need some time off because of COVID-19, so make sure as an employer you are sympathetic to these requests.