U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides guidance how to decrease the spread of COVID-19 and lower its impact in the workplace

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Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

CDC COVID-19 Guidance – U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides guidance how to decrease the spread of COVID-19 and lower its impact in the workplace

Summary:

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published guidelines that can enable businesses and employers to prevent and slow spread of COVID-19 in the workplace. Their recommendations, which were updated as of March 21, 2020, include:
  • Assign Coordinator for COVID-19 Response – Appoint a workplace coordinator to be responsible for COVID-19 issues and their impact at the workplace
  • Care for Sick Employees – Encourage sick employees to stay home, implement flexible and supportive policies, such as allowing advance sick leaves and donating sick leaves to co-employees, while preventing stigma and discrimination, as well as maintaining confidentiality
  • Identify and Protect Critical Functions – Assess essential business functions, demand for products and services and impact to operations if absenteeism spikes, and mitigate risks by identifying alternative suppliers, prioritizing existing customers, temporarily suspending some operations if needed, and cross-training employees
  • Enhance Workplace Safety – Routinely clean and sanitize work areas; discourage workers from using other workers’ phones, desks, offices, or other work tools and equipment; improve building ventilation; educate employees, customers and visitors on proper etiquette and hygiene
  • Practice Social Distancing – Increase physical space between employees and customers (e.g., drive through, partitions), introduce flexible work hours (e.g., staggered shifts), and downsize operations
  • Enable Online Work and Services – Establish practices such as flexible worksites (e.g., telework), flexible meeting and travel options (e.g., postpone non-essential meetings or events), remote service delivery (e.g. phone, video, or web), and curbside pick-up or delivery of products
For more guidance, please visit their web page on COVID-19 at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html
Company: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Categories: Business operations, Facilities and workspaces, People and culture, Remote work, Supply chains

Original publication date: March 21, 2020

Date last updated: April 6, 2020