Thursday, March 5, 2020

What You Should Do for the Coronavirus as an Employer

As an employer, you have a big part to play in the health of your employees. The CDC has emphasized this and released guidance on how employers should respond to this coronavirus pandemic we are facing. There are a lot of unknown factors about COVID-19 and how it spreads, but thankfully due to knowledge on similar coronaviruses, we are able to receive some interim guidance that will hopefully limit our exposure.

Keep Sick Employees at Home


One of the most important things an employer can do is actively encourage sick employees to stay home. This can be aided by ensuring that sick leave policies are flexible and in line with public health guidance and that employees are made aware of these policies. Also important is to communicate with companies that provide your company with contract or temporary employees about your prioritization of keeping staff home when they are sick and encourage the companies to implement non-punitive sick leave guidelines. The CDC also encourages employers to send employees home should they arrive to work with respiratory illness symptoms such as coughing or shortness of breath and to do the same should they develop such symptoms during the workday.

Give Employees the Tools to Stay Healthy


In their coronavirus report, the CDC recommends taking further efforts to communicate to employees your companies’ policies in regard to health. Some things your business should provide are:

• Posters that encourage handwashing, cough and sneeze etiquette as well as staying home when sick.
• Tissues and no-touch garbage bins.
• Soap, water and alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60-95% alcohol. Be sure to provide this in multiple locations.

Clean Your Workspace Consistently


The CDC recommends cleaning all frequently touched surfaces in the workplace such as doorknobs and countertops. Additionally, they recommend to “provide disposable wipes so that commonly used surfaces (for example, doorknobs, keyboards, remote controls, desks) can be wiped down by employees before each use.”

Disinfect the Items You Normally Wouldn’t Think to Disinfect


Many of Seal Shield’s products were designed because of major oversights in cross-contamination. Most people never think to disinfect their keyboards because regular keyboards are severely damaged by a thorough disinfection routine. Thankfully Seal Shield’s medical-grade washable keyboards and computer mice can fit to almost any disinfection routine. They can be soaked in bleach or even put in the dishwasher. They are exactly what you need in your workplace to eliminate one of the worst points of cross-contamination.

Similarly, touchscreens are almost never disinfected due to fear of damaging them. Apple and Samsung recommend against using harsh cleaners on their products, due to damaging their screens. However, Seal Screen, the latest development in screen protection, allows you to disinfect your phones and tablets with the cleaning products that are effective at killing the coronavirus. They also come with anti-microbial product protection, making it the most comprehensive solution in the market today. They are custom screen protectors and can fit anything as small as an Apple Watch to as large as a seventy-plus inch tv. I highly recommend them.

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