Advice to Breweries – COVID 19

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

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