Per the US Department of Labor, all workplaces with essential workers can follow these 10 steps to help protect employees:
- Encourage workers to stay home if sick
- Encourage respiratory etiquette, including covering coughs and sneezes
- Provide a place to wash hands or alcohol-based hand sanitizers containing at least 60% alcohol
- Limit worksite access to only essential workers, if possible
- Establish flexible worksites (e.g., telecommuting) and flexible work hours (e.g., staggered shifts), if feasible
- Discourage workers from using other workers’ phones, desks, or other work tools and equipment
- Regularly clean and disinfect surfaces, equipment, and other elements of the work environment
- Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved cleaning chemicals with label claims against the coronavirus
- Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for use of all cleaning and disinfection products
- Encourage workers to report any safety and health concerns
For more information from the US Department of Labor concerning COVID-19, click here. Thank you to all of the essential workers who are heroes risking their lives every day for the greater good!
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