If you are a business owner, there are ways of protecting your workers—and yourself— against the deadly coronavirus. Employers need to take action to make the workplace safer for essential businesses and in regions where companies are staying open.
By following these tips from SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management, you can reduce the risk of infection:
1. Follow the guidelines issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Tell employees to stay at least six feet apart and to refrain from shaking hands. Encourage them to wash their hands with soap and water and to cough or sneeze into tissues.
2. Plan for remote work. Many offices have already moved to telework, according to SHRM. “At this point if you are still bringing people into your office, then you are waiting on one of two things—a legal mandate to close or someone to get COVID-19, forcing a closure,” said David Lewis, founder and CEO of an HR consultancy firm in Norwalk, Conn.
3, Practice social distancing. Groups of any size should meet virtually or by phone, according to SHRM.
4. Provide additional break time. Allow sufficient time so that workers can wash their hands more frequently, and make sure you have adequate stations to wash and sanitize.
5. Send any workers home immediately if they display any symptoms of COVID-19. This also goes for employees who have been exposed to anyone with COVID-19.
6. Ensure that employees who have been traveling stay at home and out of the workplace until a certain number of days pass without symptoms. The incubation period for COVID-19 is 14 days.
7. Grocers should make sure that employees use a hospital-grade disinfectant to clean all areas and items shoppers frequently use or touch. “Disinfect checkout lanes, credit- and debit-card pin pads, door handles—even on freezer doors, restrooms, shelves, cash registers or screens at least every 30 minutes,” notes SHRM. “Wear protective gloves when cleaning, bagging groceries and shelving products.”
8. Download the Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
published by OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. It offers valuable tips on how to protect employers and employees during this pandemic.
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