Employers should start taking the measures listed below – even if COVID-19 has not arrived in the communities where you operate. Taking precautionary action can help reduce lost working days due to illness and stop or slow the spread of COVID-19, if it arrives at one of your workplaces.
Make sure you have a business continuity or emergency plan in place.
Think about what you will do if a number of your employees become sick.
Make sure your workplaces are clean and hygienic. Surfaces (e.g., desks and tables) and objects (e.g., door handles, telephones, keyboards) need to regularly be wiped with disinfectant.
Promote regular and thorough hand-washing by employees, contractors, and customers. Put sanitizing hand rub dispensers in prominent places around the workplace. Make sure these dispensers are regularly refilled.
Display posters promoting hand-washing – use infographic: https://novascotia.ca/CoronaVirus/Hand-Washing-Poster.pdf or look on www.WHO.int
Emphasize that all employees should stay home when sick, and always practice respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene.
Avoid requesting a doctor’s note from employees who become sick or self-isolate.
Remove non-essential items like magazines, stuffed toys, and other items that cannot be easily cleaned, from reception areas.
Provide tissues and no-touch disposal receptacles for use by employees.
Offer guidance from occupational health and safety officers, briefings at meetings, and online company information – where available – to promote hand-washing
Make sure that staff, contractors, and customers have access to places where they can wash their hands with soap and water.
Brief your employees, contractors, and customers that if COVID-19 starts spreading in your community, anyone with even a mild cough or low- grade fever (37.3 C or more) needs to stay at home.
Follow General Protocols for Safety & Sanitation: https://novascotia.ca/CoronaVirus/COVID-19-Fact-Sheet-Business.pdf