Keeping Your Workplace Safe Amid COVID-19

COVID-19 pandemic notwithstanding, one out of 14 workers say they’d go to work even if they feel sick and regardless of how severe their symptoms are, according to a recent survey. 

Yikes, right? Worse yet, nearly half of the 2,000 workers surveyed said they feel pressure from their boss to go to work when sick.  

The last thing anyone wants is one sick employee potentially making others in the workplace ill. 

Everyone wants to get back to work, and the best way to do that is to prioritize safety.  

Here are 10 steps the National Safety Council says employers should take whether they’re already reopened or are readying to do so: 

  1. Phasing. Create a phased transition to return to work aligned with risk and exposure levels. 
  2. Sanitize. Disinfect the workplace and make any alterations needed so employees can easily practice physical distancing. 
  3. Screenings. Develop a health status screening process for all employees. 
  4. Hygiene. Create a plan for handling employees who get sick, and encourage good hygiene. 
  5. Tracing. If workers get sick, follow proper contact tracing steps to curb the spread of COVID-19. 
  6. Mental health. Commit to supporting the mental and emotional health of your workers by sharing support resources and policies. 
  7. Training. Train leaders and supervisors at your organization on the fundamentals of safety. These fundamentals include risk assessment and hazard recognition, as well as the mental and wellness-related impacts of COVID-19. Your employees will feel the effects of the pandemic long after it’s over. 
  8. Engagement plan. Notify employees in advance of the return to their pre-coronavirus workplace. Consider categorizing workers into different groups based on job roles and bringing back groups or departments one at a time. 
  9. Communication. Create a communication plan that involves being open and transparent with workers about returning to work. 
  10. Assessment. Outline the main factors you’re using as guidance to provide a simple structure for the extremely complex return-to-work decision. 

For more information, go to nsc.org/safer

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