Basic Infection Prevention Measures:
Our company promotes frequent and thorough hand washing, by providing workers, customers, and
worksite visitors with a place to wash their hands. If soap and running water are not immediately
available, provide alcohol-based hand rubs containing at least 60% alcohol.
Workers are instructed to stay at home if they are sick.
Telecommuting and flexible work hours will be put in place, to increase the physical distance among
employees and between employees and others if state and local health authorities recommend the use of social distancing strategies.
Workers should not be using other workers’ phones, desks, offices, or other work tools and equipment,
Maintain regular housekeeping practices, including routine cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces,
equipment, and other elements of the work environment. When choosing cleaning chemicals, the
employer will consult information on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved disinfectant labels with claims against emerging viral pathogens. Products with EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens claims are expected to be effective against SARS-CoV-2 based on data for harder to kill viruses. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for use of all cleaning and disinfection products (e.g., concentration, application method and contact time, PPE).
Procedures for Prompt Identification and Isolation of Sick People:
Prompt identification and isolation of potentially infectious individuals is a critical step in protecting
workers, customers, visitors, and others at a worksite.
Employees should self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. If the employee suspects possible
exposure, the employee should report to their supervisor that they are sick or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
An employee that shows systems of COVID-19 will be isolated until the potential sick employee can be
removed from the worksite.
Engineering controls involve isolating employees from work-related hazards. In workplaces where they
are appropriate, these types of controls reduce exposure to hazards without relying on worker behavior
and can be the most cost-effective solution to implement. Engineering controls for SARS-CoV-2 include:
- Installing high-efficiency air filters.
- Increasing ventilation rates in the work environment.
- Installing physical barriers, such as clear plastic sneeze guards.
- Installing a drive-through window for customer service.
- Specialized negative pressure ventilation in some settings, such as for aerosol-generating procedures (e.g., airborne infection isolation rooms in healthcare settings and specialized autopsy suites in mortuary settings).
Administrative controls require action by the worker or employer. Typically, administrative controls are
changes in work policy or procedures to reduce or minimize exposure to a hazard. Administrative
controls for SARS-CoV-2 include:
- Encouraging sick workers to stay at home.
- Minimizing contact among workers, clients, and customers by replacing face-to-face meetings with virtual communications and implementing telework if feasible.
- Establishing alternating days or extra shifts that reduce the total number of employees in a facility at a given time, allowing them to maintain distance from one another while maintaining a full onsite work week.
- Discontinuing nonessential travel to locations with ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks. Regularly check CDC travel warning levels at: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers.
- Developing emergency communications plans, including a forum for answering workers’ concerns and internet-based communications, if feasible.
- Providing workers with up-to-date education and training on COVID-19 risk factors and protective behaviors (e.g., cough etiquette and care of PPE).
- Training workers who need to use protecting clothing and equipment how to put it on, use/wear it, and take it off correctly, including in the context of their current and potential duties. Training material should be easy to understand and available in the appropriate language and literacy level for all workers.
Safe work practices are types of administrative controls that include procedures for safe and proper work used to reduce the duration, frequency, or intensity of exposure to a hazard. Safe work practices for SARS-CoV-2 include:
- Providing resources and a work environment that promotes personal hygiene. For example, provide tissues, no-touch trash cans, hand soap, alcohol-based hand rubs containing at least 60 percent alcohol, disinfectants, and disposable towels for workers to clean their work surfaces.
- Requiring regular hand washing or using alcohol-based hand rubs. Workers should always wash hands when they are visibly soiled and after removing any PPE.
- Post handwashing signs in restrooms.