Provided By: Karis Alliance and Atrium Health
We provide the best workforce solutions.
Experiencing a workforce dilemma? Do not fret.
Karis Alliance can help solve your company’s complex problems during the unprecedented times of COVID-19.
We’ve partnered with Atrium Health & Dr. Kaddra Grenne to provide workplace safety suggestions.
For more information, please call (704) 588-1079 or learn more about Karis Alliance by visiting karisalliance.com
Be prepared for your employees to return to work.
- Pre-screen prior to entering the building:
- Check temperatures, assess for symptoms (fever, cold symptoms, exposure to persons with COVID-19)
- Give mask at entrances if possible or have employees wear their own mask (similar to what many doctor’s offices are doing)This should include all visitors to the building/work area.
- Determine if you need to put a hold on unnecessary visitors.
- Develop policies and procedures for immediately isolating people who have signs or symptoms.
Precautionary measures for presenting symptoms.
- High risk individuals include those with immunosuppression (ie cancer), Diabetes, Heart Disease, Lung diseases, age >65 – consider a plan for those individuals
- Do you have staggered work shifts and if not, can it be implemented to help with the number of people in the building/area?
- Make sure employees have their own equipment and don’t need to share or borrow equipment.
- Discourage them from using each other’s cell phones.
- Consider factoring more breaks due to wearing a mask all day if part of the plan.
Get your office ready.
- Frequent hand washing for at least 20 seconds. Sing ABCs.
- Always wash hands when visibly soiled.
- Hand sanitizer stations (needs to be alcohol based with a minimum of 60% alcohol).
- Maintain 6 ft distance as much as possible in work areas.
- Provide plenty of tissues and trash receptacles throughout facility.
- Schedule regular housekeeping practices including routine disinfection of surfaces and equipment.
Consider virtual, rather than in person.
- First ask, why can’t this meeting be virtual? Multiple platforms available like Teams, Zoom, Skype, Free Conference Call.
- If in person meeting is necessary, have in a location where 6 ft distance can be maintained or consider meeting outside if area permits?
Set up break room to maintain 6 ft distance, consider alternatives such as taking lunch in the car or an open outdoor area? Stagger lunches and breaks.
- If a person reports a fever or cold symptoms, need to determine how long you want person to stay home.
- If cold symptoms, stay home at least 72 hours or until no fever for 24 hours, should not require a doctor’s note when possible to avoid clogging the health systems.
- If contact with COVID-19 + individual, 14 day quarantine with testing.
- Atrium has roving mobile testing sites each week, no appointment needed, evaluation performed onsite.
- Develop flexible, but consistent sick leave policies that are aligned with public health guidance and ensure that employees are aware.
Additional resources from our partner at Atrium Health
- Culture of safety – if employee is sick, we need them to stay home, contact their doctor for advice regarding testing or go to www.atriumhealth.org/coronavirus.
- Can also call 704-468-8888 if no PCP. Do not have to be a patient of Atrium to use this number.Biases – Dealing with employees who think it is a hoax and how this will affect team morale.
- May not follow guidelines, discuss with your employees about community respect and responsibility.
- The goal is keep everyone healthy and safe at work.
- Post more signage about respiratory etiquette, 20 second hand-washing throughout facility and workplace expectations.Support employees as they have multiple concerns right now: pay, leave, families, safety, health, etc.
- If you do not have an Employee Assistance Program, consider aligning with local organizations to provide emotional support.
- 1. Department of Labor, Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19, OSHA 3990-03 2020 (https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3990.pdf)
- 2. “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 https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/critical-workers/implementing-safety-practices.html