How to Navigate Changing COVID-19 Guidelines

How to Navigate Changing COVID-19 Guidelines
Confused by the COVID-19 guidelines for businesses? You’re not alone. Read on to learn how to reopen your business while still following safety protocols.
by Bana Jobe Sep 03, 2020 — 3 min read
How to Navigate Changing COVID-19 Guidelines

Please note that regulations and rules related to COVID-19 and reopening businesses change daily. The information in this article is current as of the publication date only. Please check local, state, and federal regulations for the most current information about reopening your business. 

New information and guidelines emerge daily around COVID-19. This impacts workers on the frontlines, but it also affects business owners, who, after closing, reopening, and even closing again, have to navigate evolving recommendations.

Those changing goalposts can upend even the strongest of business continuity plans. But by staying informed, you can keep pace with new developments and reopen your business successfully.

To start, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have both provided guidance for business owners as they approach reopening plans — specifically around four key areas:

We’ve compiled a list of where to go when looking for the right COVID-19 information from federal entities. 

OSHA resources for business owners 

Many things have changed about COVID-19, so visit OSHA’s COVID-19 business hub for information, guidance, and resources related to workplace safety and health. (You may want to bookmark the page so you’ll have easy access to it.)

Notably, OSHA regularly updates the “News and Updates” column, which it organizes by the newest first. Though the agency includes several resources on its site, these are ones you’ll probably want to review first:

Keep in mind that you don’t have to navigate these waters alone. OSHA also provides a free onsite consultation program for all small and medium businesses, though high-risk worksites take priority.

CDC resources for business owners

Unlike OSHA, the CDC doesn’t enforce compliance with its guidance. Employers should still take the CDC’s recommendations on its Businesses and Workplace page seriously. 

Here’s where to start:

The CDC also offers a printable toolkit to help businesses document the actions they’re taking to boot back up safely. This can help you track progress as you reopen your business, and get access to resources like breakroom posters and fact sheets.

Adapting to changing COVID-19 guidelines

Employers can help combat the spread of the coronavirus. But part of doing so means acknowledging that neither life nor work will go back to normal, at least for a while. Along the way, data and guidelines are bound to change. As you reopen your business, make a plan to update yourself regularly about changing best practices.

Sign up for OSHA’s newsletter and follow the CDC on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates. Also, keep in touch with your local and regional health authorities for new information in your area.

Stay informed, smart, and whenever possible, one step ahead.

Bana Jobe
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