Employers face a complex new reality as they open their doors amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Not only are they required to follow the same safety rules as before the crisis, but they must also now follow extensive new guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for proper housekeeping and hygiene if they want to ensure a safe workplace and protect their workers
Why “COVID-19 and the Workplace: Housekeeping and Hygiene” Matters:
Employers and employees will need to navigate the new normal as they continue operations amid the COVID-19 pandemic. OSHA expects employers to comply with existing safety and health standards and to follow the CDC’s hygiene and social distancing guidelines—or they will face enforcement. Employees can help implement these new housekeeping and hygiene practices, which will aid in business recovery and ensure a safe workplace.
- Determine which areas, surfaces, and objects in your facility need to be cleaned and disinfected and how often.
- When you are using cleaning and disinfectant products, always follow the label instructions, review the safety data sheet (SDS), and use the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).
- If someone in your workplace becomes sick, take additional cleaning and disinfection precautions.
- To further help prevent the spread of COVID-19, continue to wash your hands frequently, cover your cough or sneeze, wear recommended face coverings, practice social distancing, and stay home if you experience COVID-19 symptoms.