Employers: Steps to Reduce Workers’ Risk of Exposure to COVID-19



SARS-Cov-2 (COVID-19) has greatly impacted our economy, market, and all businesses locally and across our country and world. Some businesses such as spas and salons, and places of public amusement and activity have been prohibited to stay open by the Governor’s Safer At Home Order. While essential businesses such as healthcare, grocery stores, hardware stores, manufacturing, distributing and supply companies, etc. can remain opened.

Do you have a plan in place to protect your workers and your business during this pandemic or any future outbreak? Have you created a plan to decrease the risk of exposure?

OSHA has great resources to help assess occupational risk and lists several examples to help workplaces prepare for COVID-19. Below is one section of OSHA’s publication, “Guidance on Preparing workplaces for employers to help with the prevention and safety against COVID-19” that lists necessary steps employers should take to reduce workers’ risk of exposure to the virus:

Steps to Reduce Worker’s Risk of Exposure:

1. Develop an Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response Plan

2. Prepare to Implement Basic Infection Prevention Measures

3. Develop Policies and Procedures for Prompt Identification and Isolation of Sick People, if Appropriate

4. Develop, Implement, and Communicate about Workplace Flexibility and Protections

5. Implement Workplace Controls

a. Engineering Controls

b. Administrative Controls

c. Safe Work Practices

d. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

6. Follow Existing OSHA Standards

You can educate and continue to effectively communicate safety practices and prevention to keep your employees, your business and yourself safe and healthy during this pandemic outbreak. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help your business make sure you have the right solutions to protect you from the specific risks and exposures you face in your industry. Stay safe and healthy from Paroubek Insurance!

Full publication on Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 which includes detailed sections of guidance focusing on jobs classified as having low, medium, high, and very high exposure risks follow the online link: https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3990.pdf

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