As cases of COVID-19 have continued to decrease across the United States, the federal government has released “Opening Up America Again”, a set of guidelines detailing a three-phased approach to relaxing restrictions across the country and many industries. The relaxation is certainly a breath of fresh air for the country’s economy and people who’ve spent the better part of 2020 tightening personal boundaries.
However, because opening up will likely cause a resurgence of COVID-19 cases, it’s essential that businesses of all sizes and industries consider adjusting procedures as more employees come out of isolation and return to work.
Specifically, physical workplace employers need to consider the following practices to promote a safe work environment.
Employers and safety managers should develop procedures and policies for building maintenance, maintaining physical distance and mitigating risks for employees returning to work in physical environments. The following actions should be considered prior to re-opening.
Modifying the workplace to prevent the spread of COVID-19 when reopening will go a long way, however employers need to consider the health of employees before they are approved to return to the office or job site. A pre-screen assessment is an option for employers to check if workers show signs of the COVID-19 virus by conducting temperature checks, and logging any changes in day-to-day symptoms like a cough or chest congestion.
Logging this amount of information for each employee can create a challenge. A pen and paper system is likely to cause confusion, be misplaced, and records may go unfiled. Using a tool like Safety Reports Scan App ensures that information gathered is accurate and accessible to all risk management parties.
As employers move to get back to normal and reopen their workplaces, it’s essential that they devise COVID-19 return to work policies that support local and state requirements per CDC and OHSA guidance. Most importantly, those policies must work towards reducing the spread of COVID-19 while maintaining healthy work environments to protect employees and customers alike.
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