Many Americans are getting ready to go back to work, but they want to know that they are going to be safe. Employers need to take every precaution to protect their employees from contracting the coronavirus.
Employers must put in place preventative measures for interactions between staff and the public. The CDC’s recommendations for cleaning and disinfecting the workplace should be implemented prior to opening back up for business.
Personal protective equipment for staff must be provided as well as methods and best practices for maintain social distancing in the workplace. Additionally, sick leave policies and practices should be supportive and flexible to ensure a healthy environment in and outside the workplace.
To prevent and mitigate the risk of transmitting the coronavirus, routine staff screening is necessary. All efforts taken to safeguard the workplace must ensure that the privacy of individuals personal health information is protected.
Although not fool-proof, many businesses are adopting a non-invasive thermal scan. Employees with a temperature reading above 100.4 Fahrenheit are sent home. An individual with an elevated temperature should undergo standard novel coronavirus screening.
Workers with possible COVID-19 should work with their local and state health departments to coordinate testing. The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) approved testing is free to all eligible New Yorkers.
Symptoms of the coronavirus typically experience a fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Some people infected with the virus have reported experiencing other non-respiratory symptoms. Not all novel coronavirus patients exhibit symptoms, in fact asymptomatic carriers are still able to spread the virus (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
“Everyone needs to get back to work, that said, no one wants to put themselves at risk. As we re-open our doors, organizations need to protect their employees. A thermal scan is critical to mitigating the dangers of COVID-19.” – Frank Costa, President NEXGEN Protection Services.
To reduce the impact of COVID-19 outbreak conditions it is important for all employers to implement policies and procedures that:
- Prompt identification and isolation of potentially infectious individuals to protect workers, customers, visitors, and others at a worksite.
- Educate and encourage employees to self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19.
- Implement policies and procedures for employees to report when they are sick or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS
Paid Sick Leave
Governor Cuomo signed emergency legislation guaranteeing job protection and pay for New Yorkers who have been quarantined as a result of novel coronavirus, or COVID-19.
CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security)
The CARES Act provides support for Americans who are unable to work due to the Coronavirus pandemic, but do not qualify for traditional Unemployment Insurance. For more information go to: https://dol.ny.gov/coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-cares-act.
Rent, Mortgage & Student Loans
State and federal agencies offer relief from payments for rent, mortgages and student loans. For more information visit https://forward.ny.gov/know-your-rights.
It’s critical that we all continue to adhere to State and local guidance as well as recommendations from the CDC as we all get back to work.
We are all in this together.
About NEXGEN Protection Services
NEXGEN Protection offers a wide range of security solutions to mitigate the high-risk threats unique to your business.
Frank Costa is NEXGEN’s Chief Protection Officer. Frank brings over 20 years from the world of risk management, security protection and investigations experience to protect your business’s bottom line. Costa is also on staff as senior security and counter-terrorism supervisor for a large transportation network. He provides critical security expertise to protect the public.
Every day the NEXGEN Security Team is on the front line, utilizing cutting edge technology to monitor, research and provide security protection to offset threats to your organization and employees.
Business owners, landlords, property managers, and legal teams throughout the New York State region contract NEXGEN Protection.
To learn more about NEXGEN Protection visit our website at http://nexgenpi.com.