We comply with below CDC guidelines for Covid-19 at Workplace

 

 

We are responsible for providing a safe and healthy workplace external icon.

  • Conducted a thorough hazard assessment external icon of the workplace to identify potential workplace hazards that could increase risks for COVID-19 transmission.
  • Identified  work and common areas where employees could have close contact (within 6 feet) with others — for example, meeting rooms, break rooms, the cafeteria, locker rooms, check-in areas, waiting areas, and routes of entry and exit.
  • Included all employees in communication plans — for example, management, staff, utility employees, relief employees, janitorial staff, and maintenance staff.

 

Developed hazard controls using the hierarchy of controls to reduce transmission among workers. We use a combination of controls noted below.

Engineering controls: Isolate workers from the hazard

  • Modify or adjust seats, furniture, and workstations to maintain social distancing of 6 feet between employees, where possible.
    • Arranged chairs in reception areas to maintain social distancing.
  • Used methods to physically separate employees in all areas of the building, including work areas and other areas such as meeting rooms, break rooms, parking lots, entrance and exit areas, and locker rooms.
    • Used signs to show where to stand when physical barriers are not possible.
    • Encourage staff to bring their own water to minimize use and touching of water fountains or consider installing no-touch activation methods for water fountains.
  • Took steps to improve ventilation in the building, based on local environmental conditions (temperature/humidity) 
  • Ensured exhaust fans in restroom facilities are functional and operating at full capacity when the building is occupied.

Administrative controls: Change the way people work

  • Encouraging employees who have symptoms of COVID-19 or who have a sick family member at home with COVID-19 to notify their supervisor and stay home.
    • Employees who appear to have symptoms when they arrive at work or who become sick during the day should immediately be separated from others, provided a face mask if they are not using one, and sent home with instructions and guidance on how to follow-up with their healthcare provider.
    • Sick employees should follow CDC-recommended steps. Employees should not return to work until they meet the criteria to discontinue home isolation, in consultation with their healthcare provider.
    • Perform enhanced cleaning and disinfection after anyone suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 has been in the workplace within the last 24 hours.
  • Conduct daily in-person or virtual health checks (e.g., symptoms and/or temperature screening) of employees before they enter the work site.
    • CDC’s COVID-19 General Business FAQs for guidance on how to safely conduct employee screening.
    • Developed and implemented a policy to prevent employees from gathering in groups while waiting for screening, and maintain a 6-foot separation between employees.
    • We also ask employees perform self-checks at home before heading to the office.
  • Stagger shifts, start times, and break times as feasible to reduce the number of employees in common areas such as screening areas, break rooms, and locker rooms.
  •  Encourage guests and visitors to phone from their cars to inform the administration or security when they reach the facility.
    • Provide directions for visitors to enter the building at staggered times.
  • Encourage visitors to wear cloth face coverings, to not enter the building if they are sick, and to stay 6 feet away from employees, if possible.
  • Regularly clean high-touch surfaces.
    • Give employees enough time to wash and dry their hands and provide accessible sinks, soap, water, and a way to dry their hands (e.g., paper towels, hand dryer).
      • Remind employees to wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, they should use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
    • Established policies and practices for social distancing:
      • Remind employees that people may be able to spread COVID-19 even if they do not show symptoms. Consider all close interactions (within 6 feet) with employees, clients, and others as a potential source of exposure.
      • Discourage handshaking, hugs, and fist bumps.
      • Encourage the use of outdoor seating areas and social distancing for any small-group activities such as lunches, breaks, and meetings.
    • For employees who commute to work using public transportation or ride sharing, consider offering the following support:
      • Ask employees to follow the CDC guidance on how to protect yourself when using transportation.
      • Allow employees to shift their hours so they can commute during less busy times.
      • Ask employees to wash their hands as soon as possible after their trip.
    • Posted instructions at entrances and in strategic places on hand hygiene  wearing cloth face coverings, and cough and sneeze etiquette. 
 

Educate Employees and Supervisors about Steps They Can Take to Protect Themselves at Work

  • Communication and training should be easy to understand, be in preferred languages spoken or read by the employees, and include accurate and timely information. Topics should include signs and symptoms of infection, staying home when ill, social distancing, cloth face coverings, hand hygiene practices, and identifying and minimizing potential routes of transmission at work, at home, and in the community.
  • Provide information and training on what actions employees should take when they are not feeling well (e.g., workplace leave policies, local and state health department information).
  • CDC recommends wearing a cloth face covering as a measure to contain the wearer’s respiratory droplets and help protect others. Employees should not wear a cloth face covering if they have trouble breathing, cannot tolerate wearing it, or can’t remove it without help.
    • Cloth face coverings are not considered personal protective equipment and may not protect the wearers from exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19. However, cloth face coverings may prevent workers, including those who don’t know they have the virus, from spreading it to others.
 

Content Reference from CDC- https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/office-buildings.html