COVID-19 outbreaks are on the rise in many areas in California. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released guidance for the companies to respond to these outbreaks so they can minimize their effect on the workplace.
The guidance suggests the following:
If an employee displays any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19, they should be sent home immediately and remain under quarantine until their symptoms have disappeared or the virus has run its course. It's essential that they must be symptom-free and has been cleared by a doctor before returning to work.
Infection Prevention Coordinator
An infection prevention coordinator should be appointed to help guide the workplace through the pandemic. They will be in charge of tracking employees who have tested positive or been diagnosed with the virus. The coordinator will also be in charge of protocols and best practices in terms of keeping the workplace clean and sanitized.
Work with the Local Health Department
It's essential that the local health department knows what is going on if an outbreak does occur. The local health department is in charge of reporting accurate diagnoses of the COVID-19 virus. The local health department can provide valuable resources that can be used to keep the workplace free of disease, establishing an environment that is clean but comfortable.
Follow OSHA Guidelines
OSHA guidelines are in place to help maintain a workplace that is safe and disease-free. Before a COVID-19 outbreak begins, OSHA's guidelines should be implemented, and all employees should be encouraged to take the necessary precautions they need to remain healthy. Gloves and masks should be supplied as needed, and employees need to clean and sanitize their stations frequently.
Continue New Sanitizing and Disinfecting Practices
Work areas should be cleaned and sanitized multiple times a day. Once this routine is followed, it will become second nature and will be continued long after the pandemic has passed by. Employees should have the necessary cleaning supplies on hand so they can clean as often as they feel it is needed.
Allowing Employees to Return to Work
It is up to the discretion of the employers to allow an employee to return to work after they have been exposed to the coronavirus. They may opt for voluntary quarantine for 14 days or longer and the requirement that the employees are tested before they return to work. If they allow the employee to return to work, they can ask the employees to wear a mask and gloves when they are in close proximity to their other co-workers.
Following guidelines and responding with appropriate measures is the best way to be safe and disease-free during the pandemic. However, if an outbreak does occur, you can always get in touch with the attorneys at Gaylord and Nantais. They can answer all of your questions related to workplace issues and find out what you can do to protect yourself.
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