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OSHA's Four Step Plan to Prepare Workplaces for Covid

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has been regularly issuing guidance on best practices to keep ourselves, employees and workplace safe. OSHA has set forth guidelines which can be simplified.

1. Develop an Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response Plan Which Should:

  • Identify the sources of exposure of COVID-19 to the general public, customers, and high-risk individuals

  • Encourage workers to report safety and health concerns

  • Consider the employees' individual risk factors

2. Prepare to Implement Basic Infection Prevention Measures Such As:

  • Promote frequent and thorough hand washing, covering coughs and sneezes, and encourage workers to stay home if feeling sick

  • Increase physical distance among employees and others

  • Maintain a regular cleaning routine that includes disinfecting of surfaces, equipment, and other elements of the work environment.

3. Implement Workplace Controls Such As:

  • Installing high-efficiency air filters, physical barriers, such as clear plastic sneeze guards, and openings such as windows 

  • Increasing the ventilation within the workplace environment

  • Providing employees with up-to-date education and training on COVID-19 risk factors and protective behaviors.

4. Provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to All Exposed Employees

  • Examples of PPE include: gloves, goggles, face shields, facemasks, and respiratory protection, when or if appropriate

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