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Health & Safety
Below are recommended strategies for employers to use now. In-depth guidance is available on the CDC’s Guidance for Businesses and Employers web page:
- Actively encourage sick employees to stay home
- Separate sick employees
- Emphasize staying home when sick, respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene by all employees
- Perform routine environmental cleaning
- Advise employees before traveling to take certain steps
- Check the CDC’s Traveler’s Health Notices for the latest guidance and recommendations for each country to which you will travel. Specific travel information for travelers going to and returning from designated countries with risk of community spread of Coronavirus, and information for aircrew, can be found on the CDC website.
- Additional Measures in Response to Currently Occurring Sporadic Importations of the COVID-19:
- Employees who are well but who have a sick family member at home with COVID-19 should notify their supervisor and refer to CDC guidance for how to conduct a risk assessment of their potential exposure.
- If an employee is confirmed to have COVID-19, employers should inform fellow employees of their possible exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace but maintain confidentiality as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Employees exposed to a co-worker with confirmed COVID-19 should refer to CDC guidance for how to conduct a risk assessment of their potential exposure.
The U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) April 10 issued interim guidance stating it will not require employers (other than those in the health-related industries) to record COVID-19 illnesses on their 300 log except in certain instances.
OSHA’s noted exceptions are:
- There is objective evidence that a COVID-19 case may be work-related. This could include, for example, cases developing among workers who work closely together without an alternative explanation; and
- The evidence was reasonably available to the employer. For purposes of this memorandum, examples of reasonably available evidence include information given to the employer by employees, as well as information that an employer learns regarding its employees’ health and safety in the ordinary course of managing its business and employees.
U.S. Governmental Business Resources:
- CDC: Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers
- CDC: Information for Communities, Schools, and Businesses
- CDC: Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations – Community Facilities
- SBA: COVID-19 Resources
- DOL: Guidance for Preparing Workplaces for Coronavirus
- DOL: OHSA Resources for Workers and Employers on COVID-19
- WHO: Get Your Workplace Ready for COVID-19
- CISA: Risk Management for COVID-19
- EPA: Disinfectants for Use Against COVID-19
- SBA Paycheck Protection Program
- Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance
- SBA Express Bridge Loans
- SBA Dept Relief
- List of COVID-19 financial assistance programs by state, county and city (compiled by zenefits.com)
Your local and national associations are a great resource for your specific line of work right now. Many have increased the number of webinars they are offering (often for free) to help members navigate this difficult time. Below are just a few of the exceptional ones:
- Associated Equipment Distributors
- Associated General Contractors of America
- American Road & Transportation Builders Association