General Information on COVID-19 Virus

With 167,511 cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) reported globally and 6,606 deaths as of today, the United Nations has declared a global pandemic. The U.S. Government has declared a national public health emergency. It is time you educate all employees on COVID-19. All employees must take extra precautions and follow the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) when interacting with each other and the public.  
The cases in the U.S. have escalated significantly in the last 2 weeks from less than 100 cases by March 1, 2020 to 3,487 and 68 deaths as of today. CSI provides below guidance from the CDC that can be effective in educating your employees regarding their health & safety. Print the posters listed below on a color printer, laminate, and post on employee notice boards, locations where notices to employees are customarily posted, and in prominent places e.g., restrooms.
STOP THE SPREAD OF GERMS:https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/stop-the-spread-of-germs.pdf
You may print this notice in other languages from https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/communication/factsheets.html Recommended Locations: Lunchroom, Employee Notice Boards, Restroom Walls (in conspicuous locations near the mirror). May also use as a payroll stuffer.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE DISESASE:https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/2019-ncov-factsheet.pdf
SYMPTOMS OF CORONAVIRUS DISEASE:https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/2019-ncov-factsheet.pdf
WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE SICK WITH CORONAVIRUS DISEASE:https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/sick-with-2019-nCoV-fact-sheet.pdf
Hand Washing and Hand Sanitizer:  Encourage regular and proper handwashing and hand sanitizer use. Provide hand sanitizer (60% alcohol) at multiple locations. Ask employees to minimize physical contact, avoid shaking of hands, and maintain social distancing.
Stay Current: Information on COVID-19’s spread is changing rapidly. Stay current and build an action plan to prevent, control and manage COVID-19 in your workplace. You should consult trusted authorities such as www.cdc.gov/COVID19 regularly on this matter.
DISCLAIMER: The contents of this newsletter are merely for informational purposes only and are not to be considered as legal advice.  Employers must consult their lawyer for legal matters and EPA/OSHA consultants for matters related to Environmental, Health & Safety. The article was authored by Sam Celly of Celly Services, Inc. who has been helping automobile dealers comply with EPA and OSHA regulations since 1987. Sam received his BE (1984) and MS (1986) in Chemical Engineering, followed by a J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law (1997). Our newsletters can be accessed at www.epaoshablog.com. Your comments/questions are always welcome. Please send them to sam@cellyservices.com.

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