The US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued guidance encouraging manufacturing workers to follow these safety guidelines to limit exposure to the coronavirus. The following tips may help reduce the risk of exposure and contraction of the coronavirus:
- Practice social distancing between co-workers. Maintain a distance of 6-feet.
- Workers who are sick are encouraged to stay at home.
- Wear personal protective equipment (PPE’s).
- Maintain respiratory etiquette by covering coughs and sneezes.
- Continue practice of good personal hydyne by frequently washing hands with soap and water.
OSHA also issued guidance for employers to aid in the protection of their workers. The following tips are for employers:
- Train workers on how to property wear, remove, and maintain sanitation of protective equipment.
- Monitor public health guidance about the Covid-19 pandemic and ensure workers have the information as well.
- In areas where social distancing may be difficult, try to install barriers (E.g., plexiglass shields) or reposition workspaces to maintain a proper distance.
- Discourage workers from sharing or using each other’s tools and equipment.
- Provide and use Environment Protection Agency approved cleaning solutions that protect against coronavirus.
- Encourage workers to report safety and health concerns.
- Provide flexible work hours