The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recommends a Hierarchy of Controls when protecting employees from hazards. The highest on the hierarchy—and the most effective—is the elimination of the hazard. Completely removing COVID-19 from the workplace will be impossible. However, removing most of it must be the goal of every organization in operation to stay open and protect its workforce. To achieve this, it is important to understand the levels of decontamination and how they impact any effort for infectious control at your place of business.
For your convenience, we have created this Infographic to post and help your employees understand the Levels of Decontamination required at your facility.
Please remember that all employers must also protect their workers from exposure to hazardous chemicals used for cleaning and disinfection as even common sanitizers and sterilizers could contain hazardous chemicals. OSHA’s Hazard Communication (29 CFR 1910.1200) and Personal Protective Equipment Standards (29 CFR 1910 Subpart I) will apply and need to be followed.
The Wakefield Firm has the expertise to help your facility plan for reopening or increased capacity. We can help you create a thorough and compliant Re-Opening/Return to Work Plan. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org