Returning to Work after COVID-19 Shutdown

It’s stirring and a little frightening all at the same time. We are excited to be allowed to open our facilities and get back to work! But how do we ensure the safety of our employees and our facility? According to the CDC when determining the most appropriate actions that your business should take to help prevent and slow the spread of transmission, you should pay particular attention to these Three Key Areas

1. Implement a Plan to Prevent and Reduce Transmission

Your plan should be specific to your workplace. It should identify all areas and job tasks with potential exposure to COVID-19 and include control measures to prevent and reduce exposures. Ensure your plan consists of the following:

  • Communication
  • Daily in-person Health Checks
  • Identify where and how exposure may occur
  • Take action if an employee is suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 infection
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2. Maintain Healthy Business Operations

Identify a workplace coordinator who will be responsible for COVID-19 issues and their impact at the workplace.

  • Implement flexible sick leave and supportive policies and practices
  • Protect employees at higher risk
  • Communicate supportive policies clearly
  • Assess your essential function and the reliance that others and the community have on your services or products.
  • Determine how you will operate if absenteeism spikes
  • Establish policies for social distancing
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3. Maintain a Healthy Work Environment

Since COVID-19 may be spread by those with no symptoms, businesses and employers should evaluate and institute controls to protect their employees and members of the general public.

  • Consider improving the engineering controls using building ventilation systems
  • Ensure the safety of your building water system and devices after a prolonged shutdown
  • Give employees, customers, and visitors what they need to clean their hands and cover their coughs and sneezes
  • Perform routine cleaning
  • Perform advanced cleaning and disinfection after a person suspected/confirmed to have COVID-19 have been in the facility
  • Limit travel and advise employees if they must travel to take additional precautions
  • Minimize risk to employees when planning meetings and gatherings
  • Click here for a PDF Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting


In conclusion, all employers need to consider how best to decrease the spread of COVID-19 and lower the impact in the workplace. HW Staffing Solutions has been 100% operational throughout COVID-19. We have safely placed thousands of workers into Essential Roles around the country. We are working with local and State Health officials, heads of corporations, and OSHA to ensure compliance during this pandemic. If we can help you with staffing or customized programs, please email us at


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