Guidelines for those who may have been in contact with the people at risk or the COVID-19 infected, but still are required to work

By hitapnews

Nowadays, those who may have been in contact with people at risk or the COVID-19 infected have to first quarantine for close monitoring. Not everyone, however, can practice this because some occupations are still in high demand. If people with those jobs were all quarantined, there may be subsequent problems. For this case, Center of Disease Control (CDC) in the United States has introduced the guidelines for staff and employers as follows;

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  • Initial screening: Measure the body temperature of staff and assessing their physical conditions before work. By principle, the measurement of body temperature should be conducted before the entry into the building.
  • Close monitor: Staff with normal body temperature may be sick without symptoms. They are therefore required to regularly monitor their own conditions.
  • Wearing face masks: Staff are required to wear face masks at all time for 14 days while working, after the last contact with people at risk or COVID-19 patients. In case of a lack of face masks, employees should apply measures to support their staff in this regard.
  • Social distancing: Staff are required to be 6 feet or 2 meters away from others while working and at workplace. No spoon and fork sharing is allowed. Break may need to be slotted in different times to avoid large gathering.
  • Workplace sanitisation such as office space, restrooms, common areas and electronics regularly shared with others.
  • If one of staff is sick while working, he or she is required to go home immediately. Then sanitise the area where he or she was present.
  • Collecting informationabout those who have contact with the sick staff is required to analyse
    • When their symptoms show
    • Their conditions two days before the symptoms show
    • If they have been in close contact with others within 6 feet or 2 meters

Employers are strictly required to comply with the guidelines for planning and responses to COVID-19 to prevent and slow down the transmission in workplaces.

 

Source: Implementing Safety Practices for Critical Infrastructure Workers Who May Have Had Exposure to a Person with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/critical-workers/implementing-safety-practices.html)