What are the guidelines for bank employees during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Follow protective policies such as adjusting your workstation to minimize close contact and using transparent shields or other barriers if they have been put in place by your employer to physically separate yourself from customers where distancing is not an option (e.g., teller counters).Keep a distance of 6 feet from other people (social distancing) at all times including during breaks. Use a cloth face covering as appropriate. Cloth face coverings are intended to protect other people—not the wearer. They are not considered to be personal protective equipment (PPE).
How can employees and customers in workplaces protect themselves from COVID-19?
See full answer• Follow the policies and procedures of the employer related to illness, use of cloth masks, social distancing, cleaning and disinfecting, and work meetings and travel.• Stay home if sick, except to get medical care. • Practice social distancing by keeping at least 6 feet away from fellow employees or co-workers, customers, and visitors when possible.• Wear cloth face coverings, especially when social distancing is not possible.• Employees should inform their supervisor if they or their colleagues develop symptoms at work. No one with COVID-19 symptoms should be present at the workplace.• Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing noses, coughing, or sneezing, or having been in a public place. – Use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. Avoid touch• Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth.
What should employers do when a confirmed case of COVID-19 is identified in a workplace setting?
When a confirmed case of COVID-19 is identified, interviewing and testing potentially exposed co-workers should occur as soon as possible to reduce the risk of further workplace transmission.
What should an employer do to help prevent COVID-19 spread?
If an employee, customer, or a visitor in the workplace has symptoms consistent with COVID-19, self-reports a COVID-19 diagnosis, or close contact with someone with confirmed or probable COVID-19, an employer should quickly take action by conducting workplace hazard evaluation and prevention activities.
What if an employee refuses to come to work for fear of infection?
Your policies, that have been clearly communicated, should address this.
Does high blood pressure increase your susceptibility to COVID-19 and its complications?
Growing data shows a higher risk of COVID-19 infections and complications in people with high blood pressure.
What is the appropriate etiquette for coughing and sneezing during COVID-19?
• Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow. • Throw used tissues in the trash. • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
What are some ways to prepare the workplace after a sick employee during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Close off areas used by a sick person and do not use these areas until after cleaning and disinfecting them.
What should I do if my employees are exposed to COVID-19?
The most protective approach for the workplace is for exposed employees (close contacts) to quarantine for 14 days, telework if possible, and self-monitor for symptoms. This approach maximally reduces post-quarantine transmission risk and is the strategy with the greatest collective experience at present.
When should an employee suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 return to work?
Employees should not return to work until they meet the criteria to discontinue home isolation and have consulted with a healthcare provider. Employers should not require a sick employee to provide a negative COVID-19 test result or healthcare provider’s note to return to work.
What are some steps my employer should take to maintain a healthy work environment during the COVID-19 pandemic?
See full answer⁃ Move the electronic payment terminal/credit card reader farther away from the cashier in order to increase the distance between the customer and the cashier, if possible.⁃ Use verbal announcements on the loudspeaker and place signage throughout the establishment, at entrances, in restrooms, and in breakrooms to remind employees and customers to maintain distances of 6 feet from others.⁃ Place visual cues such as floor decals, colored tape, or signs to indicate to customers where they should stand during check out.⁃ Shift primary stocking activities to off-peak or after hours when possible to reduce contact with customers.⁃ Remove or rearrange chairs and tables or add visual cue marks in employee break rooms to support social distancing practices between employees. Identify alternative areas such as closed customer seating spaces to accommodate overflow volume.
Can I be forced to work during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Generally, your employer may require you to come to work during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, some government emergency orders may affect which businesses can remain open during the pandemic. Under federal law, you are entitled to a safe workplace. Your employer must provide a safe and healthful workplace.
Who do I do if my employer refuses to provide me sick leave during the COVID-19 pandemic?
If you believe that your employer is covered and is improperly refusing you paid sick leave under the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act, the Department encourages you to raise and try to resolve your concerns with your employer. Regardless of whether you discuss your concerns with your employer, if you believe your employer is improperly refusing you paid sick leave, you may call 1-866-4US-WAGE (1-866-487-9243).
Which groups of people are at increased risks of severe illness from COVID-19?
Among adults, the risk for severe illness from COVID-19 increases with age, with older adults at highest risk. Severe illness means that the person with COVID-19 may require hospitalization, intensive care, or a ventilator to help them breathe, or they may even die. People of any age with certain underlying medical conditions are also at increased risk for severe illness from SARS-CoV-2 infection.
Who is at higher risk for severe COVID-19 illness?
Older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions, including people with liver disease, might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. People with chronic liver disease, including hepatitis B and hepatitis C, may have concerns and questions related to their risk.
What is coughing and sneezing etiquette for workers and businesses during COVID-19?
See full answerCover their mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or use the inside of their elbow. Throw used tissues into no-touch trash cans and immediately wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.Learn more about coughing and sneezing etiquette on the CDC website. Practice routine cleaning and disinfection of frequently touched objects and surfaces such as workstations, keyboards, telephones, handrails, and doorknobs. Dirty surfaces can be cleaned with soap and water prior to disinfection.
Why is it important to cover up coughs and sneezes during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Covering coughs and sneezes and keeping hands clean can help prevent the spread of serious respiratory illnesses like influenza, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), whooping cough, and COVID-19.
Under what health conditions should an employee not enter the workspace during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Consider encouraging individuals planning to enter the workplace to self-screen prior to coming onsite and not to attempt to enter the workplace if any of the following are present:
- Symptoms of COVID-19
- Fever equal to or higher than 100.4°F*
- Are under evaluation for COVID-19 (for example, waiting for the results of a viral test to confirm infection)
- Have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and not yet cleared to discontinue isolation
Should I let my employee come to work after being exposed to COVID-19?
Bringing exposed workers back should not be the first or most appropriate option to pursue in managing critical work tasks. Quarantine for 14 days is still the safest approach to limit the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the chance of an outbreak among the workforce.
What should I do if I think I have been exposed to COVID-19?
Current CDC guidance recommends that, with possible exception noted below, individuals (including critical infrastructure workers) exposed to a person with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 should be quarantined for 14 days, consistent with Public Health Guidance for Community-Related Exposure.