CoVid-19 CONTAINMENT MANAGEMENT
CoVid-19 is here. It is disrupting almost all aspects of our lives especially in larger metroplitan areas. Many organizations large and small are changing how they do business. For those who have to maintain some type of central business operation - the challange is very high. For most of us we now have to consider containment management - for ourselves, our families, our businesses
Containment activities have the goal of reducing the risk associated with an infected person coming into your facility. Depending on the size of the company or organization, each site may wish to designate a worksite “Point Person” who is charged with implementing containment procedures. Containment activities include:
- “Social Distancing” strategies to reduce the frequency of contact between people.
- Avoid face-to-face meetings by using phone, email and video conferencing, even when coworkers are in the same facility. If people must meet, they should remain at least six feet away from each other.
- Avoid travel to other businesses, meetings, work-related social gatherings, conferences, and workshops.
- Split work teams into subgroups to avoid cross contagion and to increase the possibility that one of the teams will remain uninfected.
- Wherever possible, for those facilities that operate multiple shifts, provide an interval of time between shifts to ventilate the facility.
- Increased use of work from home.
- Offer flexible shifts to avoid crowding in the workplace.
- Avoid public transportation.
- Avoid communal lunch periods; bring lunch from home to avoid group settings.
- Avoid communal coffee breaks.
- Point Persons should distribute or post covid-19 fact sheets and information about social distancing strategies. See Link below
- There should be prominent notices on site advising staff and visitors to not enter the facility if they have symptoms from covid-19. See Link below
- Information regarding how the covid-19 is transmitted, hygiene and hand washing instructions, should be prominently displayed in multiple areas. See Link below
- There should be an adequate supply of tissues, paper towels, protective gloves, hand hygiene products, cleaning supplies, disinfectants and NIOSH/WHO certified “N95” masks (if you can find them).
- Common areas and equipment should be cleaned routinely each day and before use.
- A clear message should be sent to all employees to stay home if feeling unwell. Fact sheets that describe covid-19 symptoms and distinguish them from symptoms of the common cold should be distributed. Employees should be encouraged to remain vigilant regarding their own possible symptoms of the covid-19, as well as those symptoms that they may observe in others.
- If an employee becomes ill at work, they should be given a mask, if available, and sent home immediately; their work area should be cleaned and disinfected. They should be instructed to contact their Primary Care Physician – by phone – and to not take public transportation home. A current list of appropriate disinfectants can be found at
Make sure you note the appropriate contact time a surface should be treated - how long the product has to be in contact with the virus
All those who may have had contact with an ill individual should be advised to stay home. If contacts are coworkers, they should be sent home, told to consult with their physicians and to remain home until instructed otherwise. Areas of potential exposure should be disinfected.
- Employees who may have had contact with infected individuals will remain at home and out of work until they are past that period of time that public health authorities have determined is sufficient to tell whether the person has been infected. This time period is dependent upon the specific nature of the covid-19 strain – presently 14 days.
- Prior to returning to work, each employee must be medically cleared.