Tips to Lower Risk of Disease Transmission
Here are some ways employers can lower the risk of disease transmission:
- Ensure sick employees stay home.
- Separate employees who become sick at work until they can return home.
- Allow employees to telecommute if possible.
- Give people physical space, such as allowing six feet between employees.
- Do not shake hands; cover coughs and sneezes; and wash hands frequently for at least 20 seconds with soap and water.
- Wipe down surfaces touched by employees and customers with disinfecting products.
- Ask employees not to share phones, desks, or other work equipment, if possible.
- Change employee start and end times to avoid large numbers of employees coming in together.
- Cancel unnecessary meetings or events if attendees cannot maintain sufficient distance between one another.
- If holding events, take precautions by asking those who are ill not to attend, and remind attendees to take actions to protect themselves and other attendees.
- Suspend nonessential employee travel.
- Provide additional accommodations to at-risk employees – such as those with existing medical conditions or who are more than 50 years old.
- Post informational posters around the workplace.