As the number of active cases of the Coronavirus rise, business owners and management are thinking about how to protect their workers and keep operations running as normal. Many companies have encouraged employees to work from home, but other businesses don’t have the ability to do that. All of us are asking how we should be preparing for COVID-19.
While the virus’s impact is significant, there are things companies can do to prepare and prevent the virus from becoming more damaging than it might otherwise. OSHA has taken a leadership role in helping employers understand the situation and prepare their businesses.
OSHA has created a robust resource to help management prepare for COVID-19 and prevent workers from becoming ill. This resource explains what the virus is and how it spreads, the risks the virus presents businesses (absenteeism, change in consumer demand, and supply chain disruptions), as well as steps all employers can take to reduce exposure of workers to the virus.
Preparing for COVID-19
The guide covers the steps every business should take, describing in detail how to implement each:
- Develop an infectious disease preparedness and response plan that can help guide protective actions against COVID-19
- Implement basic infection prevention
- Identify and isolate workers who are sick
- Develop policies that provide flexibility and protection
- Implementing engineering and administrative controls, including safe work practices and PPE where appropriate
The guide also provides specific instructions on what to do for workers in jobs considered “high risk” and those who are traveling overseas. In the guide, OSHA offers a list of additional resources that employers will find beneficial.
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