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Staying Safe & Well Among COVID-19

Washing hands

While there are still many uncertainties surrounding the COVID-19 virus, there are simple steps that we can take to keep both our workplace and our families safe and well.

Keeping your workplace safe

To protect your team and keep your business up and running, there are a few key steps to encourage employees to take:

Practice good hygiene  

  • Stop handshaking – use other non-contact methods of greeting  
  • Clean hands at the door and schedule regular hand washing reminders by email
  • Create habits and reminders to avoid touching their faces and cover coughs and sneezes
  • Disinfect surfaces like doorknobs, tables, desks, and handrails regularly
  • Increase ventilation by opening windows or adjusting air conditioning

Be careful with meetings and travel

  • Use video conferencing for meetings when possible
  • When not possible, hold meetings in open, well-ventilated spaces
  • Consider adjusting or postponing large meetings or gatherings
  • Assess the risks of business travel

Handle food carefully

  • Limit food sharing
  • Strengthen health screening for cafeteria staff and their close contacts
  • Ensure cafeteria staff and their close contacts practice strict hygiene

Encourage Employees to stay home if…  

  • They are feeling sick
  • They have a sick family member in their home

Keeping your family well

To try and stop the spread of the virus, and to help keep your family healthy, here are a few precautions:

All households  

  • Clean hands at the door and at regular intervals
  • Create habits and reminders to avoid touching their face and cover coughs and sneezes
  • Disinfect surfaces like doorknobs, tables, and handrails regularly
  • Increase ventilation by opening windows or adjusting air conditioning

Households with vulnerable seniors or those with significant underlying conditions including heart, lung, kidney disease; diabetes; and conditions that suppress the immune system

  • Have the healthy people in the household conduct themselves as if they were a significant risk to the person with underlying conditions. For example, wash hands frequently before interacting with the person, such as by feeding or caring for the person
  • If possible, provide a protected space for vulnerable household members
  • Ensure all utensils and surfaces are cleaned regularly

Households with sick family members  

  • Give sick members their own room if possible, and keep the door closed
  • Have only one family member care for them
  • Consider providing additional protections or more intensive care for household members over 65 years old or with underlying conditions