Communities are starting to ease their COVID19 restrictions, which means many businesses will be re-opening under new CDC recommended guidelines. While this is welcome news for many business owners, many questions remain about workplace safety. To help answer questions, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a great, updated reference site for businesses with a guide to ongoing mitigation and resources for COVID-19 prevention and support.
The site offers a special section for Frequently Asked Questions on the following topics: Suspected or Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in the Workplace, Reducing the Spread of COVID-19 in Workplaces, Healthy Business Operations, Cleaning and Disinfection in the Workplace, and Critical Infrastructure. The CDC offers guidelines in answering all of the questions in order to keep the virus out of your business.
The Department of Labor also has a thorough safety guide compiled under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) available for download. This 35-page document is not a standard or regulation, and it creates no new legal obligations. It does contain recommendations as well as descriptions of mandatory safety and health standards. Download the OSHA guide at https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3990.pdf
Resources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Businesses and Workplaces: Plan, Prepare and Respond, updated April 20, 2020.