Under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, employers are required to ensure that their workplaces are free from recognized hazards that cause or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to their employees. Therefore, businesses that are reopening need to reduce the risk of employees contracting Covid-19 in the workplace.
Celebrated annually by the National Safety Council (NSC) since 1996, National Safety Month seeks to increase awareness of safety at work, at home, and within our communities.
At the time of this writing, we are well into the COVID-19 global pandemic, the likes of which none of us has experienced. Daily routines have been altered substantially, and if projections hold, the changes we are facing at work and home may be with us for some time. With great hope we look forward to a time beyond social distancing and furloughed workers and hope that by the time you read this, the situation will be much improved.
Depending on what type of business you have and what strategies you need to do to get back to normal, reducing the risk of exposure to COVID-19 is the most important part when reopening your business.
Every employer needs to take 10 actions to reopen safely, the National Safety Council says in a report released today. The recommendations are based on best practices established by the Safe Actions for Employee Returns (SAFER) Task Force, created by the Council in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Information and statistics on the Coronavirus, or COVID-19, are changing rapidly creating worry, chaos and misinformation to be spread along with the illness.