You shouldn’t wait until an employee is exposed to or tests positive for the COVID-19 virus. Rather, you should create a facilities plan that will help keep your employees as safe as possible.
Here are some things to consider as you develop your plan:
- What kind of building ventilation do I have? Can I create more ventilation?
- Should we remove any personal and industrial fans from offices or from the shop floor?
- Can I use UV lights on any surfaces to kill bacteria?
- Do I have Safety Data Sheets for all the cleaning chemicals I am using?
- What cleaning chemicals should I use?
- Can I control personnel access in some parts of the facility?
- What are the best methods to clean surfaces in my facility?
- What surfaces should we clean and how often should we clean them?
- Who will do the cleaning?
- What PPE is needed for people doing the cleaning? How often should PPE be cleaned or disposed of?
- Have I properly trained the cleaning personnel?
- What can we do to increase distances between workers?
- What is the protocol for when an employee is exposed to or tests positive for the illness?
- How can I schedule breaks to minimize contact between employees in lunchrooms, breakrooms, and smoking areas?
- How can I alter shift hours so there is no overlap of personnel between shifts? Can we use a
- How do I create a visitor policy to ensure I am not allowing a visitor in that may create a risk to my employees?
You may want to create a hazard risk assessment in order to determine the frequency of cleaning. Here is an example of how you might set one up (NOTE: this is an example and you should determine the risks for our specific facility and how often surfaces should be cleaned.)
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— Resource from an IMEC Blog post by Mary Hallok.