While business owners and consumers closely watch how the new more readily transmittable variant of COVID-19 develops, the occupational environmental health and safety (OEHS) profession is urging business owners, schools and other organizations to continue implementing practical science-based guidelines developed by AIHA. The comprehensive Back to Work Safely guidelines for small to mid-size businesses in 26 industry sectors (see below for comprehensive list) provide recommendations on PPE, engineering controls (e.g., ventilation, enhanced filtration, physical barriers), enhanced cleaning and disinfection, and personal hygiene and physical distancing. All guidelines are available in both English and Spanish.
AIHA has also issued Guidelines addressing COVID-19-related topics, including engineering controls and cleaning and disinfection in non-healthcare settings (all of which are in both English and Spanish). OEHS professionals are classified as ‘essential workers’ by the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency, and are unique qualified to provide the consultation needed to help mitigate risks to worker health. To locate an OEHS consultant, visit AIHA’s Consultants Listing.