How Can Essential Workers Stay Safe During a Pandemic?

If your business or workplace has been designated as an “essential business during the COVID-19 pandemic, there are still ways to stay safe and minimize your risk.

  1. Staggered work shifts. This means that shifts are staggered to reduce the number of employees arriving and leaving a worksite at one time. Staggered work shifts are a good way to keep employees on the payroll and at the same time limit person to person exposure.
  2. While at work, maintain a 6-foot distance from other employees and customers. This may include 6 feet of separation between workstations.
  3. Consider wearing a mask to protect your nose and mouth from the spread of germs. If your local government has not already required you to do so, this practice will help limit exposure to any virus.
  4. Wash your hands twice an hour! We can’t say it enough, washing your hands with soap and warm water twice an hour goes a long way in helping stop the spread of any virus. If soap and water are not available, hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol-based is a good option.

OSHA has issued some guidance on preparing your workplace for and how to maintain operations during a pandemic that is a good resource for your business plan. As always, if you have any questions about managing the risk associated with your business, please give us a call.