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Please share your ideas about what employers and workers can do to keep workers and customers safe.
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Distanced housing for first responders

Provide federal funding for separated housing options in hotels for first reposnders if they would like support distancing from household members. Household transmission is common, contamination from viral shedding is difficult to avoid fir those placed in high exposure environs. (PPE is considered a last resort as supply is limited, it's use can be unreliable.) With the virulence of SARS-CoV-2, it is a significant burden... more »

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Model Return to Work Plans

Does the DOL plan to issue any model return to work plans? There seems to be a lot of uncertainty surrounding what or to what degree employers must prepare in order to provide a safe working environment for employees. Are employers obligated to provide not just disinfectants, but also masks at their workplaces? What if obtaining a consistent supply of masks proves difficult?

What about the screening procedures? Should... more »

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Handling shared workspaces

As many employers share workplaces (for example, two companies may share a floor), some kind of guidance from the DOL on the scope of the employer's obligation to maintain a safe workplace in such cases would be very helpful. In such cases, who has the obligation to keep communal facilities such as restrooms or pantries clean and safe? What recourse does an employer have if a co-tenant employer fails to abide by recommended... more »

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Ideas from the International Safety Equipment Association

The association is pleased to offer the following recommendations for re-opening the country:

• ISEA believes OSHA should make clear for employers the various and appropriate sections of CDC's guidance documents that are appropriate to the reopening of the economy. Small employers do not likely have the time to pore through the numerous CDC guidance documents. In addition, OSHA should point how and where CDC guidance... more »

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What "WE" Workers and Employers can do to reopen a Safe Environment for Customers

"WE" have all been training for this day! Trust in the guidelines that have been circulated throughout America and the world. "WE" will maintain the CRUCIAL and BASIC PRACTICES that WE have adapted to. WE all know them by now!

This new normal of sanitizing all surfaces, continuing to wear masks and gloves, being cognizant of what WE touch, how we sneeze, how we cough, how WE decontaminate ourselves when we return home/work,... more »

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NABTU and CPWR COVID-19 Standards for U.S. Construction Sites

The Occupational Safety and Health Act requires construction employers to provide a safe and healthy workplace. To do this, construction industry employers should develop a comprehensive COVID-19 exposure control plan, which includes control measures, symptom checking, social distancing, hygiene and decontamination procedures, and training. An exposure control plan and the following recommendations should be followed... more »

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PPE and Safe work Accomodations

Employees who work in high traffic service jobs should be provided the appropriate safety equipment (PPE) gloves, mask, and hand sanitizer. I went into Walmart and too many customers were allowed to shop without gloves or masks. This does not keep the sales force safe nor the community. The cashier did not have hand sanitizer at her station even though she had checked out people ahead of me without gloves or masks.... more »

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Contract with Combat Covid-20

A group of private leaders in San Jose brain stormed and put together a solution to our fears of reopening our economy. We reached out to a local restoration professional and had many strategic meetings and built a model all cities should contract with this vendor. He has assembled teams of 3 mobile units with proper PPE's. Environmentally safe chemicals and is disinfecting businesses throughout our city. He does gas... more »

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Compliant employers v. Non compliant employers

Suggest clear set of standards for businesses to open—employer provided masks,plexiglass if appropriate, etc. Random checks should be done to make sure employees are kept safe. People need jobs and could be hired to do these checks. I say this because in my family person A has an employer who is doing everything possible ahead of time to,protect employees while person B's employer is doing NOTHING to protect employees... more »

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Support the Safety of Child Care Providers

This is an uncertain time for child care providers, as they make difficult decisions about what's best for their business and the families and community they serve. This is also an uncertain time for families as they make decisions about child care. The safety and well-being of staff, family members and children are of utmost importance. Now that many states and communities are interested in "opening up" business and... more »

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Availabilty of PPE

This must be an employer responsibility for provision to employees and customers/clients coming to the workplace - Supplies of PPE currently are inadequate even for critical residential care facilities. When businesses begin to re-open on a large scale - particularly retail- the need for PPE will multiply far beyond forseeable capacity to produce. Individuals and smaller businesses will have a much harder time trying... more »

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Inspect Workplaces for Covid-19 Safety Precautions and Publish Status Reports for Returning Workers

Don't tell workers to return to work, view the working conditions, then go home if they feel "uncomfortable" with COVID-19 safety precautions (and potentially infect those they live with upon their return home). Instead, inspect workplaces weekly or even daily, publish detailed, public-facing safety status reports, and allow workers to comment on the working conditions they see - by job/production area. Provide privacy... more »

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Employer Precautions

Employers must agree to meet and enforce a standard of care for employees and customers/clients that includes assuring access to masks and other safeguards when appropriate such as face shields or plexi-glass protections, and gloves appropriate for the nature of the business, and meeting CDC recommended practices. In return for compliance they can be accorded a reasonable degree of protection from tort liability.

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Masks

Wearing a mask should be at the choice of the individual. Maintaining cleanliness by washing hands and disinfecting common areas and prohibiting individuals who are sick from entering a business should prevent the spread of COVID-19. Requiring people to wash hands upon entering a small business and or checking temperatures with a scanner-type thermometer that doesn't actually touch a person would not violate their privacy,... more »

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