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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

COVID Getting Back to Business Using Risk Management

We are all getting excited about getting back to business, but none of us wants to have to deal with another bad situation, so there are some important risk management steps we can take to bring our businesses alive again in the safest possible manner.  There are several really good implementation ideas in this article from our HR Partner (

Start by Conducting a Risk Assessment to identify hazards and high-risk areas such as breakrooms or other places where people may gather and if there is possible exposure while staff is performing their duties.  Identify any high-risk individuals that need to be afforded extra protections.  Then evaluate the likelihood of infections and how you will deal with the situation.  Think of your worst case scenario.

Following your Assessment, work on a plan to control your risk by avoiding it altogether if possible, or taking preventive action to control it. 

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and OSHA provide guidance on workplace controls to consider.  Alternating work schedules may be helpful in reducing exposure and continuing social distancing.  Use of masks and gloves and good hygiene are recommended, in addition to changing air filters frequently.  Host meetings virtually and discourage hand shaking.

Become knowledgeable of the symptoms of illness and take proactive measures to confidentially handle the situation by expressing sympathy because there will be a lot of fear, and then have the individual identify any others they have encountered in the past 14 days who may also be exposed and will now need to be isolated, and then direct the employee with symptoms to seek medical attention.

Frequent environmental cleaning to sanitize your facility is recommended including cleaning and disinfecting any surfaces or devices touched by humans – keyboards, doorknobs, light stitches, desks, etc.

Our world will be changed and we will all be more cautious, but we can work together to get back to business!

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