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Slow the Spread of COVID-19 | Written Infectious Disease Plan

Posted by Maureen Joy

Guidance for your business practices while navigating COVID-19

With all the information available, what actions should be taken to keep our employees well?  How can our company assure we implement an effective written plan to keep our employees safe without being overwhelming?

Follow these steps to implement an effective written infectious disease plan:

  1. Exposure
    1. Understand the risk based on business type/job/position to determine complexity of your plan
    2. Conduct a hazard assessment, thinking about employees interaction with others that require
      1. Working within 6 feet physical distance and/or
      2. Share equipment, common space, vendor, customer etc.
  2. Prevention
    1. Outline available measures to control the spread of germs until a vaccination is released using a hierarchy of injury prevention
      1. Substitution – work at home practices, temporary suspend some job functions, etc.
      2. Engineering – add physical barriers, increase air exchange, utilize high efficiency filters, etc.
      3. Administrative – sick at home policy, daily symptom monitoring, cleaning/disinfecting, stagger shifts/lunches, etc.
      4. Personal Protective Equipment – utilize face covers, exam masks, filtering face piece respirators i.e. N95, gloves, eye protection, face shields, etc. depending on the risk
  1. Preparedness
    1. Determine resources needed and estimated time frame, various actions can be implement at different times to still remain effective i.e. revision to sick policy can be implemented before monitoring body temperature due to supply chain demands
    2. Develop a plan for positive employee test, i.e. trace contact, employee notice, deep disinfect, etc.
  2. Response
    1. Outline company plan and review with leadership
    2. Conduct supervisor education of COVID-19 and company plan
    3. Communicate with employee company plan and leave room for modifications as needed, promote 2-way communication