CDC Safety Practices for Essential Business Workers
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) released guidelines and safety practices for essential business workers that have or potentially will be exposed to COVID-19.
The CDC defines exposure as being in household contact or contact within 6 feet of an individual with confirmed or suspected COVID-19. If an employee has been exposed to the virus employers should follow these safety practices:
- Pre-Screen: measure the employee’s temperature and assess symptoms prior to starting work. Ideally, temperature checks should happen before the individual enters the facility.
- Regular Monitoring: as long as the employee doesn’t have an elevated temperature or symptoms, they should self-monitor under the supervision of their employer’s occupational health program.
- Wear a Mask: the employee should wear a face mask at all times while in the workplace for 14 days after last exposure. Employers can issue facemasks or can approve employees’ supplied cloth face coverings in the event of shortages.
- Social Distance: the employee should maintain 6 feet and practice social distancing as work duties permit in the workplace.
- Disinfect and Clean Workspaces: clean and disinfect all areas such as offices, bathrooms, common areas, shared electronic equipment, etc., routinely
If an employee is feeling ill, employers should send that employee home immediately and their work area should be cleaned and disinfected.
View the full list of CDC guidelines and safety practices.
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