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Planning Consideration for COVID-19

According to the CDC “All employers need to consider how best to decrease the spread of acute respiratory illness and lower the impact of COVID-19 in their workplace in the event of an outbreak in the US. They should identify and communicate their objectives, which may include one or more of the following: (a) reducing transmission among staff, (b) protecting people who are at higher risk for adverse health complications, (c) maintaining business operations, and (d) minimizing adverse effects on other entities in their supply chains.”

Some of the key considerations when making decisions on appropriate responses are:

  1. Employers should plan to monitor and respond to absenteeism at the workplace. Implement plans to continue your essential business functions in case you experience higher than usual absenteeism.
  2. Cross-train personnel to perform essential functions so that the workplace is able to operate even if key staff members are absent.
  3. Assess your essential functions and the reliance that others and the community have on your services or products. Be prepared to change your business practices if needed to maintain critical operations (e.g., identify alternative suppliers, prioritize customers, or temporarily suspend some of your operations if needed).

Important Considerations for Creating an Infectious Disease Outbreak Response Plan

All employers should be ready to implement strategies to protect their workforce from COVID-19 while ensuring continuity of operations. During a COVID-19 outbreak, all sick employees should stay home and away from the workplace, respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene should be encouraged, and routine cleaning of commonly touched surfaces should be performed regularly.

Employers should:

Recommendations for an Infectious Disease Outbreak Response Plan:

  1. Travel restrictions may be enacted by other countries which may limit the ability of employees to return home if they become sick while on travel status.
  2. Consider cancelling large work-related meetings or events.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-business-response.html

 

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