What can I do to protect my employees in the workplace?

We encourage you to do the following:

  • Review your employee illness policy to ensure that employees can stay home when sick to take care of themselves and prevent spreading illness to coworkers, customers, and clients. Ask employees to stay home if they have coughing, fever, or shortness of breath. If your policy requires a note from a medical professional, we encourage you to temporarily suspend the policy.
  • Ensure that employees have a way to wash hands with soap and water at the workplace. Encourage employees to wash their hands frequently throughout the day.
  • Increase cleaning and disinfection of shared areas and commonly touched surfaces, including customer areas. Many standard household disinfectants will work. Check to see if they are effective against CoV-2 or SARS-like viruses. There is also a list of EPA-registered disinfectants that will work.
  • Think about essential staffing needed to continue operations in case you do have employees who call in sick.
  • Think about how you can continue to serve customers and clients using online methods.
  • Reconsider all non-essential travel.
  • Provide employees, especially those who are high-risk, ways to telecommute or provide other reasonable accommodation.

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