Frequently Asked Questions
How do we keep our businesses operating for the unknown duration of the Covid-19 outbreak?
The virus that causes COVID-19 can be spread to others by infected persons who have few or no symptoms. Even if an infected person is only mildly ill, the people they spread it to may become seriously ill or even die, especially if that person is 65 or older with pre-existing health conditions that place them at higher risk. Because of the hidden nature of this threat, everyone should rigorously follow the practices specified in these protocols, all of which facilitate a safe and measured reopening of Texas. The virus that causes COVID-19 is still circulating in our communities. We should continue to observe practices that protect everyone, including those who are most vulnerable.
Minimum standard health protocols
- Regularly and frequently clean and disinfect any regularly touched surfaces, such as doorknobs, tables, chairs, and restrooms with a CDC/EPA approved disinfectant.
- Disinfect any items that come into contact with customers.
- Work with a specialized disinfection company to routinely disinfect for covid-19 using CDC approved protocols.
- Place readily visible signage at the business to remind everyone of best hygiene practices
- Make hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, soap and water, or similar disinfectant readily available to employees and customers.
- Have employees wash or sanitize their hands upon entering the business.
- Have employees maintain at least 6 feet separation from other individuals. If such distancing is not feasible, other measures such as face covering, hand hygiene, cough etiquette, cleanliness, and sanitation should be rigorously practiced.
- If an employer provides a meal for employees, employers are recommended to have the meal individually packed for each employee.
- Consistent with the actions taken by many employers across the state, consider having all employees wear cloth face coverings (over the nose and mouth). If available, employees should consider wearing non-medical grade face masks.
How do we keep healthy employees feeling safe and comfortable in their work environment?
It is a challenging time for everyone, but the most important thing for companies to do right now is to take care of their employees. The first priority should be safeguarding workers, ensuring their health and safety, and then addressing their emotional and financial well-being. During a crisis, leaders need to be communicating with empathy and compassion. When everything is chaotic, people seek comfort and familiarity. Be sure to address some of their most common questions and fears right now, including:
- Navigating health benefits
- How to safely access medical care
- Costs of COVID-19 testing
- Workplace safety and hygiene policies
- Work with a specialized disinfection company to routinely disinfect for covid-19 using CDC approved protocols and display signage of such partnerships to show employees their safety and health is a top priority
- Paid time off and leave policies
- Self-care – ways to manage stress and anxiety
- How to handle chronic medical needs
- Caregiving tips for children and elders
- Social isolation
- Financial worries
- Layoffs and furloughs
Still sounds a little overwhelming. We get it – let us help. Our team at Bio-Safe Tech is ready to partner with you to ensure you have an actionable plan to ensure the safety of your staff and your customers. To learn what we can specifically do for you and your facility during this unprecedented time.