COVID-19 Workplace Safety Guidelines Now Mandatory in NJ
New COVID-19 cases as well as hospitalizations are increasing in the Garden State as the virus continues to spread. New Jersey has now seen over 1000 new COVID-19 cases for 11 straight days.
To help keep New Jersey workers and the workplace safe during the coronavirus, Gov. Murphy has issued an executive order featuring safety standards that private and public companies must adhere and comply to during these challenging and difficult times according to NJ.com.
The mandatory safety guidelines that must be enforced in the workplace include:
- All employees must undergo a health screening before every shift.
- All workers must wear a face mask. There are limited exceptions
- Masks must be provided to workers by employers
- Workers must keep at least 6 feet from each other
- Employers must notify workers if someone has been exposed to COVID-19
- Sanitizing materials must be provided by the employer.
- Breaks for workers to wash their hands during the workday must be established.
- Cleaning and disinfect high touch areas must take place on a daily basis.
We are also now getting ready to enter the prime time of cold and flu season which could make matters worse. CVS is looking to hire 10,000 full and part-time licensed pharmacy technicians who will be able to administer Covid-19 tests and write prescriptions. The newly hired workers could also help out with the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine if and when it becomes available.