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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) – Workplace Pandemic Planning: What Employers Should Do And Know Right Now

To plan your business continuity exercise and mitigate the potential effects of an emergency, use the templates (located at the site below):,

https://www.bdc.ca/en/articles-tools/entrepreneur-toolkit/templates-business-guides/pages/business-continuity-guide-templates-entrepreneurs.aspx

Key Questions for Employers to Consider

Managing your work station: (source: CNN)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) have tips on how to properly disinfect work stations to keep yourself healthy and your workplace clean during a pandemic.

Wipe down your work station.

Before you start your shift, use an approved product to disinfect your desk, keyboard, computer mouse, work phone and any other objects or surfaces that you or your coworkers touch a lot.

But make sure you’re disinfecting the right way. To work, the surface you disinfect must remain wet for a long period of time — usually between 3 to 5 minutes — and that’ll require a lot of wipes.

Wash your hands. A lot.

Get ready to make lots of trips to the nearest sink. You should wash your hands after you eat, touch door handles or blow your nose, among many, many other actions. Whenever you can wash your hands, you should — just make sure you’re washing your hands correctly. Here’s the proper way to do it.

Sanitize when soap isn’t available.

If you can’t leave a meeting to scrub your hands with soap, hand sanitizers are a fine substitute. But it’s always best to wash with soap and water after a few pumps of sanitizer — gels won’t clean your hands like washing them will.

Save the handshakes.

The novel coronavirus is transmitted primarily between people, so avoid unnecessary physical contact. Refusing a handshake isn’t ill-mannered anymore — it’s recommended. Flash a friendly wave, peace sign or thumbs-up instead.

Clean your smartphone.

What was all that hand washing and disinfecting worth if your phone is dirty? You’re safe using a damp, soapy microfiber cloth to clean the screens and backs of iPhones and Androids (though Apple said this week that disinfectant wipes are OK to use on iPhones, too). Just avoid getting water in any of the ports.. 

Sanitizer is not necessary.

1. How do I wash my hands properly?

To eliminate all traces of the virus on your hands, a quick scrub and a rinse won’t cut it. Below is a step-by-step process for effective handwashing.

  • Step 1: Wet hands with running water
  • Step 2: Apply enough soap to cover wet hands
  • Step 3: Scrub all surfaces of the hands – including back of hands, between fingers and under nails – for at least 20 seconds.
  • Step 4: Rinse thoroughly with running water
  • Step 5: Dry hands with a clean cloth or single-use towel

for more on this click the link: https://www.unicef.org/coronavirus/everything-you-need-know-about-washing-your-hands-protect-against-coronavirus-covid-19

CDC advice on how to clean common areas at work - 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/cleaning-disinfection.html

CDC Guidance on managing Covid 19 in the workplace:

CDC - Workplace Response plans

How to keep your phone clean - especially valid for those who use phone payment systems.

Wipe the phone frequently

A great little video to drive home how easy it is to spread infections such as the Coronavirus: Youtube - germs

A source for ongoing updates from the legal and political arenas: Miller Thompson Covid 19 updates

How to set up your own VPN in Windows 10. Connect your home computer to the work server: 

Creating a VPN in Windows 10

 

Use Microsoft Teams to Connect your staff using Office 365 (note, reports are that the current demands for this service have resulted in system crashes, so be advised this may be somewhat frustrating) 

Microsoft Teams

Many meetings can be done using technology we all already have - Whatsapp; skype, Facetime - so many everyday apps allow communications between individuals and groups, we don't need to overthink it. Use what you have and be smart. Dropbox is a great way to share large files with confidential data, especially if you password protect the file (Password protect a file or folder). Just send the password via another method such as text or email - or even a phone call.

 

Most importantly, as with every challenge, act in accordance with the 5 P's: Perfect Planning Prevents Predictable Problems.  We can predict what will happen in today's environment very clearly based on the course of actions we choose to take.  Behave as we were taught in school: to be respectful of ourselves and others; to be honest, and to share and we will come out of this unscathed. 

Need help - send me an email, give me a call. I'll do whatever I can to ensure you and your company come out of this on your feet and poised to pick up where we left off. The recovery from this situation is going to be nearly as rapid and taxing as our descent into its depths.