OSHA recently released a series of suggestions that are to help reduce the risk of exposure to the coronavirus for restaurant and beverage establishment workers. These tips are a part of a series of alerts that OSHA has released to provide up-to-date guidance to protect the safety of workers and workplaces in America.
As restaurants and beverage establishments resume dine in services, it is important to maintain the safety of workers. The following steps can help reduce risk of exposure of the coronavirus in these working environments:
- Encourage workers to stay home if they are sick.
- Follow state and local requirements set forth to restrict occupancy.
- Require all staff to wear masks or face coverings.
- Increase cleaning and disinfecting of commonly touched surfaces. For example, surfaces such as tables, doorknobs, chairs, faucets and sinks, countertops, and touchpads should all be disinfected regularly.
- Wash, rinse, and sanitize dishware, utensils, and beverage equipment after each use.
- Social Distance – maintain at least a 6-feet distance between co-workers and customers. Also, avoid direct hand-to-hand contact, when possible.
- Encourage use of mobile ordering, text on arrival for seating, and contactless payment when possible.
- Encourage workers to report any safety and health concerns to a supervisor.