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Keep Your Business Safe During Pandemic

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1 Is your business open or are you considering reopening to employees, the public, or both during the pandemic? If so, you'll need to make sure that your reopening plan is consistent with applicable local and state orders, and that you are ready to protect everyone in your business—especially those at higher risk—from contracting the virus. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued guidance for employers on keeping employees and businesses safe. Here are some of the most important steps you should take as part of your pandemic operating plan: 1. Mandate social distancing: Whether on the retail floor or back-office, employees must always maintain at least six feet of space between them. There are multiple ways to accomplish this, and as many as possible should be used to avoid close encounters. In the back office, divide workers into groups, and create separate entrances and exits when possible. Consider staggered shifts to reduce the number of employees in the building at one time, or offer non-customer facing employees the opportunity to work remote. If possible, make cashiers mobile, or adjust your layout to create more space at check-out. Use physical barriers to maintain distances and add floor markings to direct the flow of traffic to reduce the chance of people geting too close. 2. On the retail floor, consider installing plexiglass partitions to separate employees from customers: Limiting the number of customers in the store, closing aisles that are being stocked, and providing directional floor navigation will limit customers from passing each other will minimize the risk. But installing plexiglass partitians will help protect your cashiers, dispatchers, and other employees that must maintin in one location and interact frequently with others to perform their job responsibilities. Consumers are accustomed to seeing these new additions in most retail locations and it is another fairly simple way to protect your employees and customers. 3. Minimize contact with groups: Reduce the number of people allowed in confined areas and limit access to communal spaces. If larger employee meetings or customer events are necessary, hold them outside in very well-ventilated areas. Employees should limit unnecessary exposure to communal items and disinfect prior to using shared equipment. How to keep your business safe during the pandemic

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