As the government takes steps to reopen the economy, more and more people will head back to work. Consequently, employers and employees will need to be prepared to take preventive measures that ensure workplace safety and minimize the risk of contamination.
Here are 15 guidelines everyone will need to follow.
• Don’t show up for work if you have symptoms of COVID-19, particularly a fever, dry cough or shortness of breath
• Stay at least six feet away from your co-workers whenever possible
• Wear the personal protective equipment provided by your employer
• Avoid holding meetings in person and telecommute whenever possible
• Don’t share objects unless absolutely necessary
• Minimize your movements throughout the workplace
• Wash your hands before you eat or touch your face and after you eat, cough, sneeze, blow your nose or touch any shared object or surface
• Cough and sneeze into the crook of your elbow or a facial tissue, making sure that your mouth and nose are covered
• Throw out used facial tissues immediately
• Use a disinfectant to wipe down fridge door handles, backs of chairs, microwave buttons, table tops and other surfaces in common areas every day
• Clean tools, equipment and other work surfaces such as phones, doorknobs and counters after every shift and between uses if they need to be shared
• Remove all non-essential items, including newspapers and decorative objects, from common areas.
• Limit the rotation of tasks to avoid sharing equipment and tools
• Keep teams as small and consistent as possible to limit interactions
• Make sure the bathrooms are cleaned after every shift and disinfected daily
For more information about how to maintain a safe work environment during the coronavirus pandemic, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.