COVID-19 Office Procedures

If you are not up to date on the effects of the coronavirus at this point, there is an abundance of information available that you can reference. Here is information* on the preparation and precautions an office should consider given the inevitable spread of this highly infectious virus.
*Source from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Office Prevention Procedures

The office brings up a different dynamic in regard to the prevention of spread. Unlike your home where you can control a lot of the variables, in the office, you are at the mercy of your co-workers trusting that they take self-imposed controls for you to stay healthy. At the very least, offices should consider the following controls recommended by the CDC to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 or any virus for that matter.

Encourage employees to stay home

Companies need to be flexible with their policies to consider employees who need to care for themselves or loved ones at home. Decide whether a doctor’s note is necessary for acute respiratory illnesses. Keep in touch with contractors or third party employee services for a contingency plan to pick up any slack in operations.

Increase awareness of the COVID-19

Employees need to be aware of the concerns and understand why procedures are being taken to protect them and their co-workers.

Separate sick employees

If an employee appears to have acute respiratory symptoms, steps should be taken to separate that employee from others, or sent directly home.

Perform routine environmental cleaning

Provide disposable wipes for employees to clean and disinfect their work areas. Wipe down areas that are frequently touched like lunchroom surfaces, printing machines, community work stations, doorknobs, etc.

Implement a travel policy

Management should be informed of any travel to areas with high numbers or concentrations of the virus. Consider restricting or holding off any business travels to these areas. Employees who become ill after a trip should immediately inform their Supervisor or Manager.

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Summary

It should go without saying that with whatever procedures you implement for the office, it needs to abide by discrimination laws and you should consult your legal counsel before establishing it. The coronavirus has become a pandemic according to the World Health Organization. Take the necessary precautions to keep your co-workers virus-free.

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