Prevent the spread of coronavirus during re-opening
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Open for business? Here are six ways to keep employees and customers safe

Oregon employers preparing to open their doors after closing for coronavirus have a lot to think about, not the least of which is how to keep workers and customers safe from the spread of the virus.

We’re here to help.

Watch the webinarWatch a webinar from Barran Liebman Attorneys in Portland, as attorney Chris Morgan describes key considerations for your reopening.

SAIF safety and health experts have compiled a short list of safety tips, and ideas on how to apply them, for businesses to consider:

Maintain six feet apart
Maintain social distancing
  • Reconfigure your space or create barriers to ensure people stay six feet apart
  • Stagger or modify employee schedules to limit the number of workers in the workplace at a given time
  • Follow public health guidelines regarding special accommodations and protections for vulnerable or high-risk employees. This could include allowing higher-risk employees to continue working from home.
Wear masks or cloth face coverings
Wear masks 
  • While cloth face coverings protect others from exposure to the wearer, they are not a replacement for industry or task-specific required respirators and PPE.
  • In Oregon, masks or cloth materials that cover the nose and mouth are required when physical distancing cannot be maintained.
  • The state strongly recommends certain businesses establish a mandatory face-covering policy for customers (see our safety guide for which businesses this applies to).
Clean your workplace
Clean and disinfect the workplace
  • Clean your workplace before reopening and disinfect if it has been occupied within the last seven days 
  • Clean and disinfect immediately if an employee has tested positive for COVID-19 or is presumed positive 
  • Maintain a regular cleaning schedule (and don’t forget shared vehicles)
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has specific industry guidance for workplaces, based on risk level.
No-touch thermometers
Daily health checks
  • Daily in-person or virtual health checks for employees is optional, according to the CDC
  • Consider conducting these for all employees who enter the worksite
  • Use no-touch thermometers if you decide to do temperature checks
  • Develop a plan in the event an employee develops symptoms while in the workplace, tests positive for COVID-19, or is determined to be presumptively positive by a public health authority
Train all employees
Train employees
  • Schedule time for training before reopening if possible
  • Train all employees on coronavirus policies and procedures
  • Don’t forget basic safety and health training specific to your industry and work environment as a reminder or for new employees
Visit our safety guide for more details on safe ways to reopen your business. You can find many more tips and resources at
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