The Office of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) within the Department of Employment Services and the DC Department of Health (DC Health) have been monitoring the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis. The latest information and guidance on the District’s COVID-19 response can be found at coronavirus.dc.gov.
The novel coronavirus has infected hundreds of thousands of people globally and is taking
a severe toll on individuals, families, and economies as productivity drops and stock markets reflect increased global uncertainty
This document provides a sample of available baseline facts and guidance for business leaders as to critical questions to address in the immediate and near-term to ensure the continuity of their business and the safety, health, and well being of their workforce and customers
In addition to the work of the health care industry when a pandemic hits, businesses play a critical role in protecting the health and safety of employees, and limiting the negative impact on the economy and communities. They also need to have business continuity plans that will minimize the impact on the business itself and facilitate a speedy resumption of activities if the business has been forced to scale back or close during the pandemic. Preparedness, not panic, is the best way to mitigate the risks posed by a COVID-19 pandemic to the Canadian economy and our citizens.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) developed this COVID-19 planning guidance based on traditional infection prevention and industrial hygiene practices. It focuses on the need for employers to implement engineering, administrative, and work practice controls and personal protective equipment (PPE), as well as considerations for doing so.
This guidance is intended for planning purposes. Employers and workers should use this planning guidance to help identify risk levels in workplace settings and to determine any appropriate control measures to implement. Additional guidance may be needed as COVID-19 outbreak conditions change, including as new information about the virus, its transmission, and impacts, becomes available.
In January 2020 the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak of a new coronavirus disease in Hubei Province, China to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. WHO stated there is a high risk of the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) spreading to other countries around the world. WHO and public health authorities around the world are taking action to contain the COVID-19 outbreak.
However, long term success cannot be taken for granted. All sections of our society – including businesses and employers – must play a role if we are to stop the spread of this disease.
Manpower, Inc. of Southeastern Michigan (hereafter, “Manpower”) takes the health and safety of our employees seriously. We are all living through the spread of COVID-19 and the need for certain employees to continue in-person work. Others either are, or will soon be, welcomed back into work, either because they are critical infrastructure workers, because they are needed to conduct minimum basic operations for our business or because our business is once again allowed to open. We want you to know that we are committed to reducing the risk of exposure to COVID-19 and we are ready to promote a healthy and safe workplace for our employees,
customers and guests.