August 24, 2020
There is no denying COVID-19 has left a mark on the global community that will not be quickly rubbed away. As some local areas begin to see waning infection rates, however, many employers, universities, schools and government and others are beginning the process of planning to safely bring workers, students and visitors back into workspaces.
Faced with uncertainty the task isn’t easy. Where do you even start?
An employer must “furnish to each of its employees a place of employment which is free from recognized hazards that cause or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to its employees” to comply with OSHA’s General Duty Clause. Doing so with consideration for COVID-19 is a significant challenge. Tracking symptoms, exposure, test results and risk and then notifying those employees or students who may be at risk or have been unknowingly exposed when you’ve never even had to consider the process before is also a significant challenge.
To help make sense of it all, hc1 has published a Return-to-Work Playbook that offers a clear guide for your COVID-19 return-to-work strategy. The Playbook’s recommendations are based on research, extensive discussions with large to small companies throughout the country, and years of experience as the bioinformatics leader in precision testing and prescribing. There is no one-size-fits-all solution that is going to work for every organization, but the recommendation is a starting point that can be easily implemented and effective for most organizations and could be adapted to fit individual needs.