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COVID-19 Response Plan

By implementing a COVID-19 Response Plan, an “essential” company pledges to dedicating resources immediately to identify and mitigate situations in the workplace which may introduce, expose or spread COVID-19. Each company’s written plan, unique to the operations under its control, will document the identification and mitigation measures taken, including all engineering controls, administrative controls and safe work practices, and will update that plan on a regular basis for the duration of the COVID-19 Situation.

  • Ban in-person meetings (internal or external) and employee convening (formal or informal) of any size. Employee communication handled virtually wherever possible.
  • Regular body temperature scans performed and logged for all on-site employees (contingent on availability of scanning devices, which are in short supply due to acute global demand).
  • Immediate workflow audit that removes instances of employees being within 6’ of each other.
  • Reduction of on-site work hours to minimum needed to sustain operations.
  • Staggered shifts and work hours to minimize on-site human presence at a given time.
  • Staggered use of all shared spaces, including bathrooms, breakrooms and lunchrooms.
  • Staggered facility entry and exit procedures.
  • Mandatory work at home for all employees except the absolute minimum required for baseline production and logistics functions.
  • Sanitary processes implemented throughout facility (soap, hand sanitizer, single-use gloves, doors propped open, hands-free capabilities, no shared food).
  • Blue tape marking of surfaces that receive frequent human contact; disinfection of these surfaces multiple times daily.
  • International travel ban – business and personal.
  • Domestic business travel bans except for critical operations (with senior management approval). Domestic personal travel requires employee to self-quarantine for 14 days and be symptom-free before returning to work.
  • Any employee returning from a Level 2 or 3 CDC travel country must self-quarantine for 14 days and be symptom-free before returning to work.
  • No deliveries, except those that support production activities or emergency building maintenance.
  • No visitors (including suppliers and customers) except those approved by senior management.
  • Employees must immediately report symptoms associated with COVID-19 exposure.
  • Employees must report contact with any person who tests positive for COVID-19; employee must subsequently self-quarantine for 14 days and be symptom-free before returning to work.
  • Essential manufacturing personnel should be evaluated in the testing queue, especially in circumstances in which employers would request workers to be sequestered on site, certified clean and then sheltered in the workplace.

For additional resources, visit the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation's page dedicated to the Safer at Home Order.

About the Author

Jeff Dutton

Posted in: Health and Safety, Property & Casualty

Posted by Jeff Dutton

Risk Control Consultant Jeff joined the Hausmann-Johnson safety team in 2020 and brings a wealth of experience in construction and manufacturing safety to his role. Prior to joining HJI, he was the Safety Director for H&H Group Holdings in Madison. Jeff’s passion for safety is tangible, and he likes to think outside the box to help clients develop strategic safety programs and keep their employees safe. Jeff has been affiliated with Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Wisconsin since 2005. He has been an active member of the ABC Safety Committee for 14 years, served on the Apprenticeship Advisory Committee for 10 years, and was appointed to the ABC Board of Directors for a three year term. He was also a member of the ABC National Diversity Committee. Additionally, Jeff has been a member of the Associated General Contractors (AGC) Safety Committee for the past four years. Jeff attended Keene State College in Keene, NH, Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, NH, and New England College in Henniker, NH. He is a fanatical cook and especially loves smoking meats and improving on the flavor of his creations. If he’s not cooking, he’s most likely out golfing or hunting on the weekends. Jeff is also an avid volunteer with organizations such as the Joe Butcher Blues Fest, Second Harvest Foodbank, Ronald McDonald House, Salvation Army, and Agrace.

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