As states and cities begin to lift lockdown restrictions on stay-at-home orders and social distancing measures, it’s vital for companies to implement new strategies and safety precautions before returning to work. According to the CDC, “current evidence suggests that novel coronavirus may remain viable for hours to days on surfaces,” which means sanitation and hands-free technology will play a key role in COVID-19 reopening workplace strategies. Similar to past influenza pandemic guidelines, OSHA is encouraging companies to create coronavirus workplace safety guidelines to prevent the continued spread of COVID-19 and reduce its impact on employees.
This coronavirus safety checklist will help companies follow the latest recommendations and health guidelines for reopening their offices.
When using a Temporal Thermometer remember the effective range of the thermometer is 2-5 cm or, 1-1.6 inches, these thermometers are Infrared, when the range increases the accuracy of the reading decreases. The average human body temperature is around 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. If the temperatures observed on your temporal scan chart are 1-2 degrees lower than this, your thermometer is not being used properly and you may be potentially missing “fevers”. Every temperature on your temperature observation chart should be within a degree, or a fraction of a degree of one another (allowing for small variation from person to person).
Wear a Mask
Cover your NOSE AND YOUR MOUTH with your face mask, the chin does not have to be covered. The mask should fit snugly, but comfortably, and there may be slight gaps. Wash your hands BEFORE and AFTER applying the mask to your face. Put your mask on by picking it up by its straps or ties, remove it the same fashion. When the mask is on, avoid touching it, this prevents cross-contamination of the mask. Cloth masks can be washed with warm soapy water and line dried, or they can be placed in a washing machine. Disposable masks should be discarded immediately after each use.
Wash Hands Often
Finally, washing your hands for 20 seconds with antibacterial soap is a very effective way to prevent cross-contamination from objects, masks, and anything else you may have come into contact with.
For more information, please see OSHA’s Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19.