Limiting Employees’ Risk of Exposure to COVID-19

The battle against COVID-19 continues, and businesses play a pivotal role in protecting their employees. Regular sanitation is vital, focusing on high-touch areas, deep cleaning, and providing sanitizers and masks. Yet, employees also share the responsibility by following precautions and practicing personal hygiene. Consider incentive programs to boost compliance and monitor safety through visual assessments and temperature checks. Staying vigilant and fostering a sense of shared responsibility helps limit the risk of COVID-19 exposure for your employees. Keep your company germ-free and encourage your team to stay safe.
Limiting Exposure to covid-19 by taking temperatures in the car

COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on the world, and many businesses have been forced to downsize or close entirely. This has led to drastic job loss and fear among employees nationwide. As a result, companies that have continued to operate have striven to make it a priority to keep their workers safe by limiting employees’ risk of exposure to COVID-19. Thankfully, there are great resources and strategies available to help you with this effort. Here’s what you need to know.

Sanitation

Due to the contagious nature of COVID, it’s necessary to sanitize your business regularly. Set a cleaning schedule with clear guidelines and stick to it. Employees will feel better seeing management taking an active role in their safety. Consider the following.

  • Regularly disinfect high-touch areas such as doorknobs, push bars, handles, light switches, carts/baskets, and touchscreens.
  • Deep clean common areas at least once a week while utilizing proper PPE.
  • Provide hand sanitizer and masks at the entrance of the building to encourage customers and employees to stay safe. 
  • Provide personal hand sanitizer for any employees who can’t leave their workstations throughout the day.

Sanitation is an important part of COVID prevention. Make sure that, as a business manager, you’re doing everything within your power to keep your company germ-free. This will help limit employees’ risk of exposure to COVID-19.

Employee Responsibility

No matter how much you sanitize your company, you can’t be safe for your employees. They need to take some level of responsibility in protecting themselves. Encourage your team to take proper precautions against COVID-19 by wearing their masks, social distancing, and keeping their hands clean. 

To help encourage and enforce proper care, consider implementing a contest or incentive program. This not only helps employees adhere to recommended guidelines but also helps keep morale up. 

Monitoring Your Company

While you can keep the surfaces of your company sanitized and you can encourage employees to stay safe, you still need to monitor your team on some level. One of the biggest downsides of running a business is dealing with employees who don’t want to follow rules. 

Instead of blindly trusting your team to be safe and do what’s right, schedule times to do a walkthrough of the company and visually assess their level of safety. Penalize employees who aren’t wearing masks correctly or social distancing when possible. While this may result in complaints, it is solely for the benefit and protection of your employees. 

Another practical way of monitoring your employees is to have a temperature check station at the front door. When employees show up for their shift, their temperature can be taken, and they can be asked about any symptoms they may be showing. Then, at the discretion of management, they can be sent for testing or home to rest. 

While many practices are limiting employees’ risk of exposure to COVID-19, it essentially boils down to awareness and responsibility. Understand and communicate with your employees the dangers and risks of COVID, and encourage them to take personal responsibility to stay safe. 

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Dr. Glen Cheng

A physician-attorney with a dedication to healthcare innovation, informatics, and digital health.

  • Currently spearheads employee health protection and promotion within the VA Pittsburgh Health Care System.
  • Trained in residency at Harvard, achieving board certification as a physician; also a licensed patent attorney with experience as FDA regulatory counsel.
  • Co-founded Acceleromics, a consulting firm providing clinical and regulatory guidance to digital health startups.

Erin Davis

 Chief Clinical Officer at Work Health Solutions, certified in Adult-Gerontology (AGNP-C) and Athletic Training (ATC).

  • Oversees clinical operations and ensures high clinical standards across the company’s national field staff.
  • Former Manager of Clinic Operations and Occupational Health Nurse Practitioner at Stanford University Occupational Health Center (SUOHC).
  • Specialized in treating occupational injuries and illnesses, and provided medical surveillance and travel medicine consults at Stanford and SLAC National Accelerator Lab.
  • Dedicated to sports and occupational injury treatment and prevention.
  • Assistant Clinical Faculty at UCSF, mentoring students in clinical rotations within the Adult Gerontology and Occupational and Environmental Health Program.
  • Holds leadership roles as Treasurer and President Elect of the California El Camino Real Association of Occupational Health Nurses (CECRAOHN), affiliated with the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN).

Dr. Robert Goldsmith

Founder and President of NBS Healthcare Group, with a focus on innovation in healthcare consulting.

  • Previous role as Executive Director for Employee Health at Novartis Services, Inc., leading health services and clinical support.
  • Instrumental in creating an integrated healthcare system at Novartis.
  • Former private practice in internal medicine in Stamford, Connecticut, and Medical Director consultant for GTE Corporation.
  • Transitioned to GE as a Global Medical Director in 2000.
  • Holds a medical degree from Albert Einstein College, an MPH from the University of Connecticut, and completed training at Greenwich Hospital and Yale-New Haven Medical Center.
  • Assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at the Vagelos School of Medicine, Columbia University.
  • Serves as a team physician for high school athletes in Stamford.
  • Published works on occupational health risks, primary prevention, and exercise-induced asthma.