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5 tips based on the Hierarchy of Controls to reopen your business safely and mitigate COVID-19 risk

Many companies want to plan to reopen safely but simply do not know how to reopen safely. It is important for companies to make decisions to mitigate COVID-19 risks based on the Hierarchy of Controls and the advice of technical professionals such as certified industrial hygiene and safety professionals. Consider the below as you develop your facility’s back-to-work plan.

COVID-19 Hierarchy of Controls

Physically Remove the Hazard

In the absence of a COVID-19 vaccine or cure, look for opportunities to eliminate virus exposure through effective disinfection and decontamination of the workplace. Avoiding the potential for exposure protects your team as well as customers and the community as they engage with your business.

Replace the Hazard

Not every cleaner can effectively kill SARS-CoV-2—the virus that causes COVID-19. We recommend you remove ineffective cleaners and dangerous chemicals from your workplace and instead provide EPA-approved disinfectants for routine cleaning.

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Isolate People from the Hazard

To prevent the spread of COVID-19 in essential businesses, consider implementing engineering controls such as glass or plastic barriers between employees and customers, marking social distancing guidelines on the floor, and/or maintaining ventilation systems inside offices.

Change the Way People Work

Modified labor policies or practices can help ensure good social distancing and hygiene practices. Flexible work schedules and new workplace routines, such as increased hand washing aid in preventing the spread of illness, including COVID-19.

Protect the worker with PPE

Finally, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as masks, gloves, and respiratory protection will protect your team as they work. Some jobs require PPE to be in line with CDC recommendations and OSHA regulations, so be sure to check guidelines.

We’re here to help

The EnviroServe team is here to help you prevent or respond to COVID-19 contamination and mitigate risk as you return to work. Contact us at (800) 488-0910 or learn more.