With the spread of coronavirus COVID-19, the CDC and other agencies have prompted businesses to consider their action response plan. There are certain protocols businesses can take into consideration regarding COVID-19 in the workplace to maintain the safety of its employees and customers should it become necessary to enact a plan.
According to OSHA, “some workers in the United States may have exposure infectious people, including travelers who contracted COVID-19 abroad. Workers with increased exposure risk include those involved in:
- Healthcare (including pre-hospital and medical transport workers, healthcare providers, clinical laboratory personnel, and support staff).
- Deathcare (including coroners, medical examiners, and funeral directors).
- Airline operations.
- Waste management.
- Travel to areas, including parts of China, where the virus is spreading.”
As always with any workplace injury and illness prevention program, review your safety response plans and assess realistic risk exposure in the workplace.
Illinois Department of Public Health
The IDPH maintains that the risk remains low, but that the best way to protect against coronavirus is by taking everyday precautions against getting sick in general to maintain their health and those around them. These include:
- Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
- Staying home when you are sick.
- Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.
You can also read more and follow updates on the IDHP website.
Center for Disease Control (CDC)
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) suggests the following from their website: