By Faith M. Gaudaen

While we don’t know when the Stay at Home Order will be lifted, now is the time to start planning for businesses to return to work, as there are numerous issues to consider.  First, every business should create a COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan.  These plans are recommended by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and required in Executive Order 2020-59.  This plan should cover how you can keep your employees, customers, and vendors safe and healthy.  In creating such a plan, you should consider, at minimum, the following:

  • Can you restrict the number of employees present?
  • Is remote work possible?
  • How can you keep employees and customers at least 6 feet away from each other?
  • What increased standards of facility cleaning are necessary?
  • What policies are necessary to prevent workers from entering the premises if they display symptoms or have had contact with someone with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19?
  • Are barriers between employees or customers possible?
  • Are personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks, gloves, or gowns necessary, and, if so, will you provide those?
  • How will handwashing or the use of hand sanitizer be encouraged?
  • Can you limit access by outsiders to the facility?

This list is simply a starting point.  Your plan should be specific to your business.  If you would like help developing your plan, please contact us.