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CDC Infection Prevention Measures

All employers should implement good hygiene and infection control practices, including:

-Frequent and thorough hand washing, including by providing workers, customers, and worksite visitors with a place to wash their hands. If soap and running water are not immediately available, provide alcohol-based hand rubs containing at least 60% alcohol.

-Employees should stay home when sick.

-Practice respiratory etiquette, including covering coughs and sneezes. Cough or sneeze into your elbow.

Important Reminders about Coronaviruses and Reducing the Risk of Exposure

Coronaviruses on surfaces and objects naturally die within hours to days. Warmer temperatures and exposure to sunlight will reduce the time the virus survives on surfaces and objects.

-Normal routine cleaning with soap and water removes germs and dirt from surfaces. It lowers the risk of spreading COVID-19 infection.

-Disinfectants kill germs on surfaces. By killing germs on a surface after cleaning, you can further lower the risk of spreading infection. EPA-approved disinfectants are an important part of reducing the risk of exposure to COVID-19. -If disinfectants on this list are in short supply, alternative disinfectants can be used (for example, 1/3 cup of bleach added to 1 gallon of water, or 70% alcohol solutions).

-Store and use disinfectants in a responsible and appropriate manner according to the label. Do not mix bleach or other cleaning and disinfection products together–this can cause fumes that may be very dangerous to breathe in. -Practice social distancing, wear facial coverings when requested, and follow proper prevention hygiene, such as washing your hands frequently and using alcohol-based (at least 60% alcohol) hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available. 

-Some surfaces only need to be cleaned with soap and water. For example, surfaces and objects that are not frequently touched should be cleaned and do not require additional disinfection.

Examples of frequently touched surfaces and objects that will need routine disinfection following reopening are: tables

Doorknobs, light switches, countertops handles, desks, phones keyboards, toilets, faucets and sinks


Occupational Safety and Health Guidelines

■ Provide customers and the public with tissues and trash receptacles.

■ Increase the physical distance among employees and between employees and others if state and local health authorities recommend the use of social distancing strategies.

■ Discourage workers from using other workers’ phones, desks, offices, or other work tools and equipment, when possible. Disinfecting area once you are done working in the area before the next employee begins.

■ Maintain regular housekeeping practices, including routine cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces, equipment, and other elements of the work environment. Products with EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens claims are expected to be effective against SARS-CoV-2 based on data for harder to kill viruses. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for use of all cleaning and disinfection products (e.g., concentration, application method and contact time, PPE).


Policies and Procedures for Prompt Identification and Isolation of Sick

■ Prompt identification and isolation of potentially infectious individuals is a critical step in protecting workers, customers, visitors, and others at a worksite.

■ Employees need to self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 if they suspect possible exposure. Let the employer know immediately if they are having symptoms.

■ If you are having symptoms of COVID-19 at work, you will be sent home. If you are tested for COVID-19 and results come back positive you can return to work after 10 days, and 3 days with no fever (without-fever reducing medicine) and improvement of respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath) whichever is longer.

■ The CDC requires a worker who has been exposed to the COVID-19 virus to monitor their temperature for 10 days, as long as they are not symptomatic they can remain at work and take extra precaution such as wearing a mask or going home if they feel sick. Generally you become symptomatic within 48 hours of exposure so if you don’t have symptoms after 48 hours you most likely will not have symptoms.


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