- Temperature Checks
- Spotting and Reacting To Symptoms
Employers may consider the following to maintain a safe work environment during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Prohibiting nonessential visitors to the factory
- Rigorously screening essential visitors and limiting their movement in the facility
- Training employees on self-responsibility behaviors (and refreshing the training regularly). These behaviors include:
- respiratory etiquette
- using hand sanitizers
- refraining from physical contact
- prohibiting the sharing of utensils, cups, beverages, etc.
- social distancing
- Posting reminder signs of these behaviors in many conspicuous locations in the workplace.
. Making changes to implement social distancing, such as:
* educating employees on keeping minimum distances and
refraining from physical contact.
- ceasing the use of large-group, “town hall” meetings
- replicating meetings multiple times to have smaller groups attend, and physically spacing people out in the meeting rooms
- eliminating routine shift hand-off meetings that are not critical, or limiting these to just particular persons as critically needed
- staggering shift start/stop times, break times, and lunchtimes to minimize congregations at the time clocks and in locker rooms and break areas
- creating new shifts (nights or weekends) to help separate the workforce and give employees scheduling options that may help them manage new family obligations with kids home from school
- zoning the factory and prohibiting employees from wandering into zones where they do not need to be to perform their jobs
- Staggering crews so that an outbreak can perhaps be better isolated such that, after cleaning, the factory can run with unaffected crews
- Example: Monday through Wednesday crews; Thursday through Saturday crews; cleanings to be performed on Sundays
- Identifying key personnel without whom the factory cannot operate (e.g., boiler operators, wastewater treatment engineers, lead electricians or maintenance mechanics, etc.)
- Creating schedules, procedures, and any other steps to isolate these personnel from each other and the rest of the workforce to try to minimize exposures
- Beefing up cross-training, if that can be done with acceptable distancing, to prepare for more absences
- Increasing the frequency and depth of sanitizing efforts, and letting employees see them happen to reinforce sanitizing behaviors and engender confidence in the safety of the workplace. Examples might include:
- having break rooms cleaned repeatedly all day (perhaps after each lunch group)
- providing sanitary wipes throughout the facility and training employees on using them constantly to clean high-touch surfaces