Operating Safely During the COVID-19 Crisis

As we begin to bring back normal operations, all manufacturers will need to have procedures in places for employee safety, including Bopp-Busch. First of all, you will need to determine your employees’ classification. This specification will determine the guidelines you need to have in place. For example, Bopp-Busch’ workers are classified as lower-exposure-risk. Workers in this category have minimal occupational contact with the public and other coworkers. If you fall into the same category, the procedures Bopp-Busch will implement may help you to decrease the spread of COVID-19 and lower the impact in its workplace:

Reducing the Transmission

  • Actively encourage sick employees with Covid-19 symptoms to get tested for Covid-19.
  • Employees who have symptoms should notify their supervisor and get tested for COVID-19.
  • Sick employees should follow CDC-recommended steps and not return to work until the criteria to discontinue home isolation are met.
  • Employees who are well but who have a sick family member at home with COVID-19 should notify their supervisor and follow CDC recommended precautions.

Limiting Worker Exposure

  • Every effort will be made to separate employees working with-in 6ft of each other. Any employees working within 6 ft of another will be required to wear the appropriate PPE.
  • Only essential in-person contact with customers or delivery drivers is permitted.

Separating Sick Employee

  • Employees who appear to have symptoms upon arrival at work or who become sick during the day should immediately be separated from other employees, customers, and visitors and sent home.
  • If an employee is confirmed to have COVID-19 infection, inform fellow employees of their possible exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace while maintaining confidentiality.

Educating Employees About COVID-19 Protection

  • Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Inform your supervisor if you have a sick family member at home with COVID-19.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash and immediately wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces such as workstations, keyboards, telephones, handrails, and doorknobs.
  • Avoid using other employees’ phones, desks, offices, or other work tools and equipment, when possible. If necessary, clean and disinfect them before and after use.
  • Practice social distancing by avoiding large gatherings and maintaining distance of approximately 6 feet when possible.

Maintaining Healthy Business Operations

  • Identify a workplace coordinator.
  • Train employees on this risk reduction plan.
  • Implement flexible sick leave and supportive policies and practices.

Determining Procedures if Absenteeism Spikes

  • Monitor and respond to absenteeism at the workplace.
  • Prioritize essential business functions in case we experience higher than usual absenteeism.
  • Cross-train employees to perform essential functions so the workplace can operate even if key employees are absent.

Establishing policies and practices for social distancing (approximately 6 feet)

  • Implementing flexible worksites (e.g., telework)
  • Implementing flexible work hours (e.g., staggered shifts)
  • Increasing physical space between employees at the worksite
  • Implementing flexible meeting and travel options (e.g., postpone non-essential meetings or events)

Maintaining a Healthy Work Environment

  • Utilize building ventilation equipment when the building is occupied.
  • Support respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene for employees, customers, and worksite visitors.
  • Provide tissues and no-touch disposal receptacles.
  • Encourage employees to wear masks (not necessarily respirators) to avoid the spread of pathogens.
  • Provide soap and water or hand sanitizer in the workplace. Place hand sanitizers in multiple locations to encourage hand hygiene.
  • Place posters that encourage hand hygiene to help stop the spread at the entrance to your workplace and in other workplace areas where they are likely to be seen.
  • Discourage handshaking – encourage the use of other noncontact methods of greeting.
  • Direct employees to visit the coughing and sneezing etiquette and clean hands webpage for more information.

 Performing routine environmental cleaning and disinfection

  • Routinely clean and disinfect all frequently touched surfaces in the workplace, such as workstations, keyboards, telephones, handrails, and doorknobs.
  • If surfaces are dirty, they should be cleaned using a detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
  • For disinfection, most common EPA-registered household disinfectants should be effective.
  • Provide disposable wipes so that commonly used surfaces (for example, doorknobs, keyboards, remote controls, desks, other work tools and equipment) can be wiped down by employees before each use.
  • Perform enhanced cleaning and disinfection after persons suspected/confirmed to have COVID-19 have been in the facility.

Take care when attending meetings and gatherings, these also include customer and visitors

  • Carefully consider whether travel is necessary.
  • Consider using videoconferencing or teleconferencing when possible for work-related meetings and gatherings.
  • Consider canceling, adjusting, or postponing large work-related meetings or gatherings that can only occur in-person.
  • When videoconferencing or teleconferencing is not possible, hold meetings in open, well-ventilated spaces.

Since 1948, Bopp Busch has been committed to maintaining a safe workplace for our team. We will to continue to meet this obligation during the current COVID-19 crisis while supplying quality parts to our customers. To learn more about Bopp Busch and our capabilities, contact us today.