Safe return to the workplace is a top-of-mind challenge for employers of all sizes & industries.
As the pandemic continues and organizations adapt to coexisting with COVID-19, employers are increasingly faced with the challenge of keeping their workforce safe. Employers must comply with state and local guidance on non-pharmaceutical measures to control COVID-19 (e.g., masks and social distancing), and they must develop and implement protocols to return their employees to the workplace safely.
In response, there has been an explosion of innovative solutions ranging from digital symptom checker apps to virus/antibody testing services and contact tracing courses/services, and technologies. This document provides an overview of COVID-19 control strategies, resources, and the solution market place for screening, testing, and contact tracing. We have also included COVID-19 immunization FAQs.
Please note that information about COVID-19 immunizations and other solutions changes frequently. Check with your Hays Companies representative for the most recent version of this document and other COVID-19 employer resources.
Federal, State & Local Guidance for Employers
The CDC has issued guidance, strategies and recommendations for employers responding to COVID-19, including:
- Conducting daily health checks
- Conducting a hazard assessment of the workplace
- Encouraging employees to wear cloth face coverings in the workplace, if appropriate
- Implementing policies and practices for social
- Posting CDC signage (“Stop the Spread”)
- Training personnel on new protocols
- Improving building ventilation
- Disinfecting the work environment
State & Local Guidance
The CDC offers guidance for screening & testing, but decisions about testing are made by state and local health departments or healthcare providers and employers. For example, some states require daily screening of employees and essential visitors. Employers should remember that guidance from public health authorities is likely to change as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves. Therefore, employers should continue to follow the most current information on maintaining workplace safety. Check your state and county websites for current requirements.
Screening, Testing & Tracing Resources for Employers
The full guide — click below to read — includes COVID-19 information and resources for screening apps, symptom checker apps, employer testing and contact tracing.
Please be advised that any and all information, comments, analysis, and/or recommendations set forth above relative to the possible impact of COVID-19 on potential insurance coverage or other policy implications are intended solely for informational purposes and should not be relied upon as legal or medical advice. As an insurance broker, we have no authority to make coverage decisions as that ability rests solely with the issuing carrier. Therefore, all claims should be submitted to the carrier for evaluation. The positions expressed herein are opinions only and are not to be construed as any form of guarantee or warranty. Finally, given the extremely dynamic and rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation, comments above do not take into account any applicable pending or future legislation introduced with the intent to override, alter or amend current policy language.
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