What To Know When Returning To The Office During A Pandemic

May 14, 2020

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Florida's phase one of re-opening is in effect. As more businesses resume operations, the likelihood of your job requiring you to return to the office becomes more of a reality.  However we are still in a pandemic with COVID-19, which makes many people nervous about returning to work.  Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) have issued guidance on how employers can make their workplaces safer for employees, they are not mandatory. In the absence of unified rules, you should feel empowered to ask either the owner of the company or someone in its human resources department what steps have they done to ensure your safety in the office. COVID-19 primarily transmitted through close person-to-person contact and respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. So inquire if a social distancing policy will be in place. Will your company provide PPE masks and require staff to wear them? Inquire about the cleaning processes.  Will there be hand sanitizer stations? Will light switches, door knobs and other communal surfaced be cleaned more than once a day?  Also will your company screen employees before entering the building with temperature scans? All these measure might be the new normal. If you've been able to work remotely and would like to continue doing so, it’s worth bringing it up with your employer. Considering many experts claim that employers failing to have a COVID-19 safety plan for employees open them up for personal injury claims, there is good reason for businesses to make changes to protect the health of all.

SOURCE: Consumer Reports

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