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Health, Safety & HR

Guidelines for Employers

Update and Enforce Sanitary Procedures

  • Follow CDC guidelines including mandating employees wash hands for 20 seconds frequently; avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth; cover mouth and nose when cough or sneeze
  • Provide education via weekly safety meetings, flyers in breakroom, at sinks and other areas on proper hygiene techniques
  • Provide appropriate hand sanitizing stations throughout manufacturing plant
  • Protocols in place to clean and sanitize frequently touched machines, objects and surfaces
  • Encourage all employees to disinfect own workstations on a daily basis

Social Distancing

  • Ask employees to refrain from physical contact – avoid handshakes, fist bumps, hugs, etc.
  • Social distancing of 6 feet including on the factory floor
  • Depending on number of employees consider rotating breaks and lunches to limit large gatherings
  • Depending on number of employees consider modified shifts; running half the facility at a time to keep with social distancing

Attendance Policy

  • Encourage sick employees to stay home. If an employee shows symptoms isolate them and send them home. Clean and disinfect work station, equipment and areas used by ill employee.
  • Remind employees of your paid (or unpaid) leave program.
  • Ensure your policy is consistent with current public health recommendations and existing federal, state and local laws.

Exposure or Confirmed Case of COVID-19

  • What to do if an employee is sick (National Association of Manufacturers, Aprl 4, 2020)
  • Employee stays home and self-isolates until they meet the criteria to end home isolation and have been in contact with their health provider and local health department.
  • Work station, materials, equipment, areas used by individual should be closed off for 24 hours with increased air circulation before cleaning and disinfecting takes place.
  • Clean impacted areas with soap and water then disinfect. For disinfecting use approved disinfectants on EPA list or diluted bleach solution or alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol.
  • Inform other employees of their possible exposure, but maintain confidentiality of infected individual.  Employees should self-monitor for symptoms.

Shipments In & Out of Facilities:

  • Identify set area(s) for drop-offs and deliveries
  • Follow general cleaning processes
  • Provide hand sanitizing stations
  • Maintain social distancing