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Minimizing Employee Exposure

April 07, 2020 4892

Policies and practices that all dental office employees should follow to minimize exposure.

What policies and practices should my employees follow to minimize exposure?

Interim CDC guidance for businesses and employers recommends that:

  • Employers encourage employees who report symptoms of acute respiratory illness to stay home and not return to work until they are free of symptoms for at least 24 hours without the use of fever relieving or symptom altering medications.
  • If an employee appears to be sick upon arrival to work, they should be separated from other employees and sent home immediately.
  • Employees cover a cough or sneeze with a tissue and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using an appropriate disinfectant product.
  • Employees wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol can be used.
  • Clean and disinfect public areas frequently, including door handles, chairs and bathrooms.

CDC recommends employers place posters that encourage coughing and sneezing etiquette and proper hand hygiene at the entrance to their workplace and in other areas where they are likely seen.