COVID-19 – Workplace – Planning for Illness

COVID-19 – Workplace – Planning for Illness


It’s important that your business helps
play a role in stopping the potential spread of COVID-19. Encourage employees to stay home if they or a family member become ill. Talk to your employees about how they will be paid for sick days and don’t require
employees to get sick notes. Identify how you will cover the work of ill employees
this could include the cross training of employees. Implement ways to support
staff if schools or daycares are closed and they need to stay home to care for children. Promote telework if feasible to help stop the spread of illness with your employees. Encourage employees to avoid groups or crowded areas. Implement enhanced environmental cleaning. This would include frequent cleaning with
particular attention to high touch surfaces such as; safety bars and
handrails, desks, phones, kitchens, computers, cash registers, elevator
buttons, restaurant tables and menus door handles. Provide access to hand-washing
areas and place hand sanitizing dispensers in prominent locations
throughout the workplace if possible. Cancel or postpone meetings or large
workplace gatherings consider a teleconference or computer meeting. Develop a plan on what to do if a person who is ill visits or comes to work at your business. Postpone or cancel non-essential work
travel. If necessary be prepared to help employees access federal employment
insurance sickness benefits. Communicate with your employees and
provide ongoing updates Ensure employees are reminded of their
Employee Assistance Program so they have access to needed emotional and mental
health services during this time. Planning is essential to you, your
employees and your business to remain healthy and strong during the spread of
COVID-19. It’s important to put strategies in place and to review your plan regularly to be sure it can be used for a variety of emergencies and
differing severities of illness. Have questions? Contact the Halliburton
Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577 extension 5020 online at www.hkpr.on.ca or by email
[email protected]