V-Soft's Corporate Headquarters

101 Bullitt Lane, Suite #205
Louisville, KY 40222

TOLL FREE: 844.425.8425
FAX: 502.412.5869

Denver, Colorado

6400 South Fiddlers Green Circle Suite #1150
Greenwood Village, CO 80111

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Chicago, Illinois

311 South Wacker Dr. Suite #1710, Chicago, IL 60606

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Madison, Wisconsin

8401 Greenway Boulevard Suite #100
Middleton, WI 53562

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Atlanta, Georgia

1255 Peachtree Parkway Suite #4201
Cumming, GA 30041

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Cincinnati, Ohio

Spectrum Office Tower 11260
Chester Road Suite 350
Cincinnati, OH 45246

Phone: 513.771.0050

Raritan, New Jersey

216 Route 206 Suite 22 Hillsborough Raritan, NJ 08844

Phone: 513.771.0050

Toronto, Canada

1 St. Clair Ave W Suite #902, Toronto, Ontario, M4V 1K6

Phone: 416.663.0900

Hyderabad, India

Incor 9, 3rd Floor, Kavuri Hills
Madhapur, Hyderabad – 500033 India

PHONE: 040-48482789

Bangalore, India

3rd Stage Behind Hotel Leela Palace
Kodihalli, Bangalore - 560008 India

CDC Guidelines for Getting Back to Work

CDC Back to Work Guidelines

As businesses start moving toward reopening physical offices again, it's essential they provide a safe, secure environment and instill confidence in employees returning to work. To help businesses return safely, the CDC has issued a set of guidelines to help in developing a safe and healthy back to work strategy.

CDC Guidelines to Ensure a Safe Workplace

With concerns over COVID-19, it's not always easy for employees to adjust to an office with new rules and regulations. Business leaders should effectively communicate any changes in real time and explain how important it is to follow regulations for the safety and security of all employees. The CDC has provided a set of Back To Doing guidelines to address the following:

1. Prevent and Reduce Transmission Among Employees

Based on the severity of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the CDC makes regular updates to the public regarding proper guidelines to follow, which can be viewed in real time here. Companies should make this info easily available to all employees. In doing so, employees can help reduce transmission in and around the workplace.

Properly Handle an Employee Testing Positive 

As soon as an employee is known to have a positive case of the Coronavirus, they should immediately return home, if not already, and quarantine. The employee should inform their manager right away and follow the CDC-suggested steps. Similarly, the CDC recommends staying home if someone in the immediate household has tested positive. 

It is not required for the company to shut down the entire workplace if an employee contracts the Coronavirus. Locate the infected employee's workplace and cleanse and disinfect the area. Follow the specified CDC disinfection guidelines. It's also important to find employees who were in contact with the infected employee, inform those employees, and guide them according to the Public Health Recommendations. 

Perform Daily Employee Health Checks

Before employees enter the premises, it's highly recommended to perform a health screening. This process should be as contactless as possible and social distancing regulations should be followed at all times. Businesses can use hands-free thermometers or thermal imaging cameras for health screening of temperatures. It's important to also continuously monitor employee movement within the office to ensure employees follow PPE and social distancing protocols.

If there is more than one building to the workplace, health screening stations should be placed in all entrances. Companies should make sure that the health data of the employee is not shared with the rest of the staff to maintain privacy and avoid discrimination.

Locate High-Risk Areas for COVID-19 Spread 

It is the responsibility of the employer to uncover areas where the chances of transmission of COVID-19 is high. Perform a complete risk assessment to ascertain any problem areas and determine what steps can be taken to lessen the risk.

  • Limit access to that area
  • Add appropriate safety measures and PPE
  • Provide training to employees who need to access that area

Educate Employees

Keep employees updated about policies and practices. Make sure employees sanitize their objects and workstations before starting work and frequently throughout the day. If employees are commuting to work via public transportation, share the CDC public transformation guidelines.

2. Enable Healthy Business Operations

A role dedicated to monitoring and managing business operations is essential for ensuring healthy business operations during a pandemic crisis. Here are the CDC recommendations to help facilitate: 

Provide Flexible Policies and Best Practices

For hassle-free business operations, make policies flexible and secure, and oriented toward employee safety. If any employee or their family is sick, make sure the policies support employees to work from home or provide emergency sick leave.

Communicate Workplace Policies

The job of employers does not end with just drafting effective policies, but to communicate how to effectively use these policies for the employees' benefit. In this process, train some employees who can assist others regarding policies and health and safety procedures. Companies can deploy a number of technology solutions, like healthcare chatbots, to make information available 24/7 or for easy reporting of illness.

3. Provide a Healthy Work Environment

Maintaining a healthy work environment is critical and can often be challenging. To protect employees in the work environment, the CDC provides a hierarchy of controls based on the risk exposure:

Hierarchy of Controls: Elimination, Substitution, Engineering Controls, Administrative Controls, Personal Protective Equipment shown in an upside down triangle.

Enhance Building Engineering Controls

The CDC suggests using ventilation systems for enhancing building engineering controls. 

  • Improve ventilation and ensure adequate indoor air quality
  • Deactivate demand-controlled ventilation
  • Open outdoor ventilation to reduce air recirculation

Refer to Guidance for Building Operations During the COVID-19 Pandemic for more information.

Guide Guests and Customers

The workplace is not only occupied by employees, but also outside visitors as well. Be sure to provide proper guidelines to guests and customers visiting the workplace. Prompt them to use sanitizers, gloves and masks, and to avoid handshakes and close contact.

Perform Routine Cleaning

On regular time intervals, perform cleaning and disinfecting activities as per CDC guidelines. Encourage employees to clean their workstations and their accessories.

Develop Solid Travel Guidelines

While most in-person business meetings can be eliminated and replaced with virtual meetings, business travel for essential meetings is still occurring. However, with the considerations of the rapid rapid spread of COVID-19, traveling can be very risky. It is suggested to minimize any nonessential traveling and if traveling is required, follow the CDC’s Traveler’s Health Notices.

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