Governor Abbott’s Strike Force to Open Texas has set forth minimum standard health protocols for both employers and employees to follow upon re-opening following the shut-down caused by the outbreak of COVID-19 throughout Texas. All employees must be trained on appropriate cleaning and disinfection, hand hygiene, and respiratory etiquette. All employees and contractors entering into any building must be screened. They need to be sent home with any of the symptoms of possible COVID-19. These signs are fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, diarrhea or known close contact with a person who has been lab confirmed to have the virus.
Strict criteria is also in place that employees or contractors must meet before returning to work following recovery from a COVID-19 diagnosis. Employees and contractors must be reminded to wash their hands frequently following contact with high touch surfaces. Staff must also maintain at least 6 feet of separation from other individuals throughout their workday. If such distancing is not feasible, measures such as face covering, hand hygiene, cough etiquette, cleanliness and sanitation should be rigorously practiced. Employees must cooperate for offices to remain compliant.
Disinfecting Required for Offices to Remain Compliant
For offices with more than 10 employees and/or contractors present at one time, employers should consider having an individual wholly or partially dedicated to ensuring the health protocols adopted by the office are being successfully implemented and followed. Offices are asked to disinfect any items that come into contact with customers. Therefore, regular and frequent cleaning and disinfecting must also now be done on high touch surfaces of the office space and building, such as elevator buttons, doorknobs, tables and chairs and restrooms. Sanitation preventive controls will keep offices COVID compliant.