These recommendations are for employees and employers in non-healthcare industries that remain open for business during the COVID-19 pandemic, from the CO Department of Health and Environment (CDPHE):
- Employees who have been in close contact with an exposed or symptomatic person (within 6 feet for at least 10 minutes) should not report to work and should self-quarantine.
- Employees experiencing fever or COVID-19 symptoms should stay home and follow the directions for self-isolation, which include advice on when to contact a health care provider.
- Provide hand washing facilities/stations and hand sanitizer.
- Encourage breaks to wash hands or use hand sanitizer.
- Phase shifts and breaks to reduce employee density.
- Provide flexible schedules and encourage and enable remote work for employees whenever possible and minimize all in-person meetings.
- Wear appropriate protective gear like gloves, masks, and face coverings and require appropriate use.
The CDC recommends communication and training be easy to understand, be in preferred languages spoken or read by the employees, and include accurate and timely information.
- Topics should include signs and symptoms of infection, staying home when ill, social distancing, cloth face coverings, hand hygiene practices, and identifying and minimizing potential routes of transmission at work, at home, and in the community.
- CDC has free, simple posters available to download and print, some of which are translated into different languages.