How to stay safe when returning to work

For some of us, going back to work is inevitable. Depending on where you live, businesses are opening and closing, re-opening and shutting down again. Through all of the confusion, we should develop ways to be prepared. Here are some ways you can stay safe if you have to go back to work. 

The CDC recommends the following:

  • Get vaccinated.
  • Take your temperature daily.
  • Wear cloth face coverings while at work.
  • Social distance as best you can.
  • If you have symptoms, stay home.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Be sure to wash your hands:

  • Before and after a work shift.
  • Before and after breaks.
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • After using the restroom.
  • Before eating or preparing food.
  • After putting on, touching, or removing cloth face coverings.

What to keep clean:

  • Practice routine cleaning and disinfection of frequently touched objects and surfaces such as workstations, keyboards, telephones, handrails, and doorknobs. Dirty surfaces can be cleaned with soap and water prior to disinfection.
  • Avoid using other people’s phones, desks, offices, or other work tools and equipment, when possible. Clean and disinfect them before and after use.

What if you commute to work? If you commute to work using public transportation or ride sharing, consider the following:

  • Before traveling, pack sanitizing wipes and hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Bring extra masks and a sealable plastic bag.
  • If your mask gets wet or dirty, put a clean mask on and put the wet or dirty mask in the plastic bag until you can wash it.
  • Use touchless payment and no-touch trash cans and doors when available. Exchange cash or credit cards by placing them in a receipt tray or on the counter rather than by hand, if possible.
  • If possible, shift your hours so you can commute during less busy times.

If you’re not vaccinated or in the two-week waiting period you should:

  • Take your temperature daily.
  • Wear a face covering.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • Maintain a 6-foot distance between yourself and others.

Sources

Forbes: 9 Ways To Stay Safe When Returning To Your Workplace During Covid-19

USA Today: How to safely go back into the office during the COVID-19 pandemic

CDC: COVID-19 Employer Information for Office Buildings

CDC: What You Know Can Keep You Safe and Healthy at Work

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