COVID-19 Safety Tips For Nursing Home Employees - Worksite Medical

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To help protect nursing home and long-term care facility workers from exposure to the coronavirus, OSHA issued an alert, in English and Spanish, with the following safety tips:

COVID-19 Symptom Screening and Monitoring

  • Encourage sick workers to stay home.
  • Screen workers and residents regularly for signs and symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
  • Closely monitor and take additional precautions regarding employees and residents who may have been exposed to an individual with COVID-19.
  • Send sick workers home or to seek medical care.

 

COVID-19 Training and Communication

  • Train workers about how to protect themselves and residents during the pandemic.
  • Encourage workers to report any safety and health concerns.

 

Nursing Home & Long-Term Care Visitation Policy Updates

  • Follow CDC guidance on updating existing resident visitation policies.
  • Ask visitors to inform the facility if they develop a fever or symptoms consistent with COVID-19 within 14 days of their visit.
  • Maintain at least six feet between workers, residents, and visitors, to the extent possible, including while workers perform their duties and during breaks.

 

Workplace Recommendations

  • Stagger break periods to avoid crowding in breakrooms.
  • Consider alternatives to in-person large group gatherings (e.g., staff meetings, resident activities).
  • Always follow good infection prevention and control practices.
  • Consult OSHA’s COVID-19 guidance for healthcare workers and employers.
  • Provide handwashing facilities and alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol throughout facilities.
  • Regularly clean and disinfect shared equipment and frequently touched surfaces in resident rooms, staff work stations, and common areas.
  • Use hospital-grade cleaning chemicals approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from List N or EPA-approved, hospital grade cleaning chemicals that have label claims against the coronavirus.

 

Personal Protective Equipment

  • Ensure workers have and use any personal protective equipment (PPE) they need to perform their jobs safely.
  • Continually monitor PPE stocks, burn rate, and supply chains.
  • Develop a process for decontamination and reuse of PPE, such as face shields and goggles, as appropriate.
  • Follow CDC recommendations for optimization of PPE supplies.

 

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