Getting businesses back to business is essential for associates and the economy as we begin to rebuild. Roughly 75% of employees say that they are somewhat or very concerned about illness spreading in their workplace as we begin to reopen. We have compiled a list of "crucial" steps businesses are encouraged to make as associates return to the office. Let's work together as you take the steps to reopen your facility safely and successfully.


• Setup a screening station at your facility's entrance 

• Ask screening questions:

- Have you had a cough or shortness of breath?

-Have you had a fever?

-Have you been around anyone exhibiting these symptoms in the past 14 days?

-Are you living with anyone who is sick or quarantined?

• Consider the use of a touchless infrared thermometer to check the temperature of employees each day

-Any with a temp over 100.4° F should be sent home

• Limit access to work areas by outside visitors.


• Require anyone who exhibits signs of illness from reporting to work and recommend they seek medical attention

- Per CDC guidelines, employees who have COVID-19 must self-isolate for 7 days and be fever-free and symptom-free for 3 days before coming back to work

• Post signage that no one with symptoms of COVID-19 is permitted in the facility

• Train employees on the importance of frequent handwashing, hand sanitizer use and PPE use as well as the dangers of touching their faces in public

• Conduct motivational meetings


• Prohibit gatherings of workers during business hours

• Permit workers to take breaks and lunch outside, in their office or personal workspace, or in other such areas where proper social distancing is attainable

• Continue teleworking for workers when possible

• Implement staggered shifts and breaktimes to reduce crowding amid social distancing measures

• Stagger staffer workstations where possible to avoid employees working adjacent to one another.

- Where 6 feet of separation is not possible, consider mitigation efforts such as screens/dividers along with the increased frequency of cleaning and sanitizing surfaces

• Hold all meetings virtually when possible. Hold in-person meetings in open areas - not confined spaces

• Discourage workers from using other employees phones, desks, offices or other equipment

• Prohibit handshaking and other unnecessary person-to-person contact in the office

• Remind patrons and 3rd party delivery drivers/suppliers of your internal distancing requirements

4. USE OF PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)

•Provide masks and gloves for employee use

- Request that all employees wear face coverings at all times. Such face coverings should be cleaned or replaced daily


• Thoroughly detail, clean and sanitize the entire facility before resuming services and do so regularly, focusing on high contact areas that may be touched by employees

• Confirm new cleaning procedures with your cleaning service

- Confirm they are using effective disinfectants

- Be sure they are cleaning ALL surfaces including carpets

- Disinfect common surfaces regularly, including all vertical surfaces doorknobs and handles, vending machine controls, light fixtures and buttons

- Clean and sanitize restrooms, all fixtures, counters, door handles

• Review and replenish breakroom and restroom supplies based on the frequency of use

- Ensure an adequate supply of soap and paper towels at all times

- Replace bulk packs of straws, cutlery in individual-use packs and napkins

• Your team MUST disinfect ALL work tools:

- This includes RF guns, pallet jacks, light switches, dock equipment, material handling equipment, packing stations, tape dispensers, equipment keypad buttons

• Confirm your team is practicing common sense hygiene

- Washing hands multiple times per day

- Disinfecting eating and work surfaces

- Drinking lots of fluids

- Getting appropriate rest

• Provide hand sanitizer for use by employees, including contactless hand sanitizing stations when available

Use these tips to reopen your facility safely and successfully!

Courtesy of SP Richards