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Safety Standards and Checklist: Sectors Not Otherwise Addressed

Reopening Phase II mandatory safety standards, recommended best practices and a checklist for sectors not otherwise addressed. Permitted to open: Phase II, Step 1, June 8th.

These COVID -19 Specific Standards for Sectors Not Otherwise Addressed establish minimum standards for any Phase I or Phase II enterprise that is permitted to re-open but is not specifically addressed by sector-specific COVID-19 safety standards.

No activity in any Phase I or II enterprise shall occur without meeting these COVID-19 workplace safety standards. These standards apply to all enterprises permitted to operate until rescinded or amended by the State, unless where sector-specific standards are applicable to part or all of the enterprise’s activities, in which case enterprises must follow those sector-specific standards. The owner of the enterprise shall be responsible for meeting these standards.

Table of Contents

Key Documents for Reopening

Linked below are three important documents:

  1. Workplace Safety Standards - Complete and official sector-specific standards for reopening sectors not otherwise addressed (all workplaces must also comply with the Mandatory Safety Standards for Workplaces)
  2. Protocol Summary - User friendly summary of the standards and best practices
  3. Checklist - Printable tool to help businesses perform the required self-certification for opening and ensure compliance with the sector-specific standards 

Social Distancing

Ensure separation of 6 feet or more between individuals where possible

Close or reconfigure worker common spaces and high density areas where workers are likely to congregate (e.g., break rooms, eating areas) to allow social distancing

Physical partitions must separate workstations that cannot be separated by 6 feet or more (partitions must extend to at least 6 feet in height)

For customer facing enterprises, install visual social distancing markers to encourage customers to remain 6 feet apart (e.g., lines to make payments, lines to use the restroom) and physical barriers for checkout stations where possible

Stagger lunch and break times for workers, regulate the maximum number of people in one place, and ensure at least 6 feet of physical distancing

Require face coverings for all workers, and customers as necessary, except where an individual is unable to wear a face covering due to a medical condition or disability

Recommended best practices

Improve ventilation for enclosed spaces where possible (e.g., open doors and windows)

Contactless payment methods are encouraged

Hygiene Protocols

Ensure access to handwashing facilities on site, including soap and running water, and allow sufficient break time for workers to wash hands frequently; alcohol-based hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol may be used as an alternative

Provide regular sanitation of high touch areas, such as workstations, equipment, screens, doorknobs, restrooms throughout work sit

Post visible signage throughout the site to remind workers and clients of hygiene and safety protocols

Staffing and Operations

Provide training to workers on up-to-date safety information and precautions including hygiene and other measures aimed at reducing disease transmission, including:

Social distancing, hand-washing, proper use of face coverings

Self-screening at home, including temperature or symptom checks

Importance of not coming to work if ill

When to seek medical attention if symptoms become severe

Which underlying health conditions may make individuals more susceptible to contracting and suffering from a severe case of the virus

Adjust workplace hours and shifts (working teams with different schedules or staggered arrival / departure) to minimize contact across workers and reduce congestion

Close waiting areas and ask customers to wait outside or in cars until it is time for their appointment if applicable

Remove non-essential amenities (magazines, customer-facing water or coffee, close coat rooms, etc.) in waiting or other common areas

For services provided in-home and for in-home installation or delivery of products, delay the service or delivery if the customer indicates potential COVID-19 positive person in the household

Workers may not come in to work if feeling ill

If the employer is notified of a positive case at the workplace, the employer shall notify the local Board of Health (LBOH) in the city or town where the workplace is located and assist the LBOH as reasonably requested to advise likely contacts to isolate and self-quarantine. Testing of other workers may be recommended consistent with guidance and / or at the request of the LBOH

Post notice to workers and customers of important health information and relevant safety measures as outlined in the Commonwealth’s Mandatory Safety Standards for Workplace

Log everyone who comes in contact with site to enable contact tracing, including temporary visitors (e.g., those doing material drop-offs)

Recommended best practices

Encourage customers or outside vendors to make appointments in advance to receive service or deliver materials if possible

Encourage workers who are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 according to the Centers for Disease Control to stay home or re-assign duties to reduce contact with other workers and customers

Encourage workers to self-identify symptoms or any close contact to a known or suspected COVID-19 case to the employer

Encourage workers who test positive for COVID-19, to disclose to the employer of the office for purposes of cleaning / disinfecting and contact tracing

Cleaning and Disinfecting

Ensure access to handwashing facilities on site, including soap and running water, and allow sufficient break time for workers to wash hands frequently; alcohol-based hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol may be used as an alternative

Provide regular sanitation of high touch areas, such as workstations, equipment, screens, doorknobs, restrooms throughout work sit

Post visible signage throughout the site to remind workers and clients of hygiene and safety protocols

Checklist

SOCIAL DISTANCING

Ensure >6ft  between individuals

Ensure separation of 6 feet or more between individuals where possible

Close or reconfigure worker common spaces and high density areas where workers are likely to congregate (e.g., break rooms, eating areas) to allow social distancing

Physical partitions must separate workstations that cannot be separated by 6 feet or more (partitions must extend to at least 6 feet in height)

For customer facing enterprises, install visual social distancing markers to encourage customers to remain 6 feet apart (e.g., lines to make payments, lines to use the restroom) and physical barriers for checkout stations where possible

Improve ventilation for enclosed spaces where possible (e.g., open doors and windows)

Stagger lunch and break times for workers, regulate the maximum number of people in one place, and ensure at least 6 feet of physical distancing

Require face coverings for all workers, and customers as necessary, except where an individual is unable to wear a face covering due to a medical condition or disability

Contactless payment methods are encouraged

HYGIENE PROTOCOLS

Apply robust hygiene protocols

Ensure access to handwashing facilities on site, including soap and running water, and allow sufficient break time for workers to wash hands frequently; alcohol-based hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol may be used as an alternative

Provide regular sanitation of high touch areas, such as workstations, equipment, screens, doorknobs, restrooms throughout work sit

Post visible signage throughout the site to remind workers and clients of hygiene and safety protocols

STAFFING & OPERATIONS

Include safety procedures in the operations

Provide training to workers on up-to-date safety information and precautions including hygiene and other measures aimed at reducing disease transmission, including:

Social distancing, hand-washing, proper use of face coverings

Self-screening at home, including temperature or symptom checks

Importance of not coming to work if ill

When to seek medical attention if symptoms become severe

Which underlying health conditions may make individuals more susceptible to contracting and suffering from a severe case of the virus

Adjust workplace hours and shifts (working teams with different schedules or staggered arrival / departure) to minimize contact across workers and reduce congestion

Encourage customers or outside vendors to make appointments in advance to receive service or deliver materials if possible

Close waiting areas and ask customers to wait outside or in cars until it is time for their appointment if applicable

Remove non-essential amenities (magazines, customer-facing water or coffee, close coat rooms, etc.) in waiting or other common areas

For services provided in-home and for in-home installation or delivery of products, delay the service or delivery if the customer indicates potential COVID-19 positive person in the household

Workers may not come in to work if feeling ill

Encourage workers who are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 according to the Centers for Disease Control to stay home or re-assign duties to reduce contact with other workers and customers

Encourage workers to self-identify symptoms or any close contact to a known or suspected COVID-19 case to the employer

Encourage workers who test positive for COVID-19 to disclose to the workplace employer for purposes of cleaning / disinfecting and contact tracing. If the employer is notified of a positive case at the workplace, the employer shall notify the local Board of Health (LBOH) in the city or town where the workplace is located and assist the LBOH as reasonably requested to advise likely contacts to isolate and self-quarantine. Testing of other workers may be recommended consistent with guidance and / or at the request of the LBOH

Post notice to workers and customers of important health information and relevant safety measures as outlined in the Commonwealth’s Mandatory Safety Standards for Workplace

Log everyone who comes in contact with site to enable contact tracing, including temporary visitors (e.g., those doing material drop-offs)

CLEANING & DISINFECTING

Incorporate robust hygiene protocols

Conduct frequent cleaning and disinfection of site (at least daily, and more frequently if feasible)

Keep cleaning logs that include date, time, and scope of cleaning

Conduct frequent disinfecting of high traffic areas and high-touch surfaces (e.g., doorknobs, rolling carts, bathrooms)

In the event of a positive case, shut down the site for a deep cleaning and disinfecting of the workplace in accordance with CDC guidance

Phase II Downloads and Translations

Additional resources below, including easy print versions of the sector-specific circular and checklist.

Additional Resources

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