Quarantines, social distancing, immunocompromised, “flattening the curve”—our world and the language we use to describe it has changed completely. There’s an endless stream of headlines, stories, and state and federal announcements about the global COVID-19 pandemic, AKA SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus, the coronavirus, corona, or “the rona” (really).
Meanwhile, people, families, and organizations of all kinds are adapting to a new reality. People are self-isolating. Businesses are closing or going virtual. Cities are shutting down. It’s a scary, uncertain, and overwhelming time for everyone. And it could go on for months. We all have to stay safe and do what we can for the public good, even if it means making significant steps to prevent and self-sacrifice.
I know life is difficult right now, which is why we’re here to help. At KPA, we’re committed to helping you and your organization during these uncertain times.
We’ve compiled a list of the most helpful coronavirus resources we could find to help you navigate this public health crisis. Whether your business is practicing social distancing on-site or working remotely, you’ll find accurate, practical, timely information at the links below. And bookmark this page – we’ll add more links as we find them.
As KPA’s legal partner, Fisher Phillips provides our clients with essential guidance and perspective on workforce and regulatory issues of all kinds. They’ve stepped up even further during the coronavirus pandemic with this thorough, well-researched, and easy-to-read resource center. Access a wealth of relevant resources on demand, including a repository of key templates and forms that will help your operations
Communicable diseases such as the coronavirus can have short- and long-term effects on the health, safety, and well-being of your employees. From sickness prevention to working-from-home arrangements to layoffs and reductions in the workforce, there are numerous factors and decisions to consider. The Society for Human Resource Management has assembled key HR tools in one handy webpage, which also contains a feed of the latest coronavirus news for employers.
Here at KPA, we’re dedicated to keeping your workforce safe and healthy during this difficult time. We’ve created the COVID-19: Coronavirus Resource Center, a mini-site offering information, guidance, news, and other resources. You’ll find free webinars, training courses, ebooks, pop quizzes, regulatory updates, and more.
There are lots of these videos floating around, but the team at Jellyvision always does a great job of keeping things interesting and relatable.
Some good guidance on a topic that you hopefully don’t have to encounter.
Not sure if a product can be used to effectively disinfect a surface from the coronavirus? Check the Environmental Protection Agency’s List N, which “includes products that meet EPA’s criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2, the cause of COVID-19.” You can view the list by EPA registration number, active ingredients, product name, company, and formulation type. You’ll also find out how long to keep the product on a surface before wiping it up and whether the product qualifies for “the Emerging Viral Pathogen Claim,” meaning that it “demonstrate[s] efficacy against a harder-to-kill virus than the enveloped human coronavirus.”
Facemasks are in short supply around the world. It’s imperative that your workers use them only when necessary, wear them correctly, and take proper care of them. To make this as easy as possible, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have published a document that “offers a series of strategies or options to optimize supplies of facemasks in healthcare settings when there is limited supply.” You’ll find information about using facemasks when few are available and alternative options when no facemasks are available.
By now, you probably (hopefully) know you should be washing your hands frequently, for at least 20 seconds at a time. But there are other ways to minimize the spread of the coronavirus in your workplace and at home. The control and prevention tips from the CDC will help you do just that. Consider printing this one out or sending it to your employees, family members, friends, and neighbors.
This is another quick and highly shareable/printable resource. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has put together general practices to help prevent exposure to the coronavirus and guidance for employers of workers who could be exposed.
If you’re looking for more detailed information from OSHA, check out this 32-page booklet about minimizing the impact of the coronavirus for your workers. This resource contains “planning guidance based on traditional infection prevention and industrial hygiene practices,” explaining what “engineering, administrative, and work practice controls” are necessary, as well as the proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE).
If your workers use N95 masks or other NIOSH-certified respirators, they need to know how to wear those devices correctly and what to do during a shortage. EHS Today has published easily scannable information about this topic and the new temporary guidance issued by OSHA.
The American Society of Safety Professionals are doing their part to provide life-saving information and flatten the curve of the coronavirus. On March 18th, ASSP streamed a webinar in which safety experts answered employers’ questions about the pandemic. That webinar is now available to watch on demand. It’s an hour long and worth viewing the whole way through—a lot of useful information here.
Here at KPA, we’re dedicated to keeping your workforce safe and healthy during this difficult time. With over 30 years of EHS experience, we’re extending our expertise for free to help businesses address coronavirus in the workplace. We’ve created the COVID-19: Coronavirus Resource Center, a mini-site offering information, guidance, news, and other resources. You’ll find free webinars, training courses, ebooks, pop quizzes, regulatory updates, and more.
They’ve developed a great webinar program with helpful topics for dealers, along with regulatory compliance and business operations resources.
Particularly helpful for the lending side of the business. Has a great state-by-state run down of regulatory updates.
Learn about the variety of economic resources the Small Business Association has developed to help businesses that have been impacted by the Coronavirus.
You’ve no doubt heard the term “social distancing,” but do you know what it means and how it differs from quarantine and isolation? Moreover, are you aware of the potentially negative consequences of avoiding close contact with your workers’ mental health? Take some time to read through this vital resource published by the American Psychological Association, which explores what to expect and how to cope with the challenges social distancing creates.
We’ve changed how we’re conducting business these days, and we’ve changed it FAST. The gang at GoTo has put together a resource center to help companies figure out how to transition to a remote workforce.
I highly recommend taking a scroll through Reddit’s cute and cuddly animal pictures.
Have a question about the coronavirus or anything related to keeping your workforce safe and healthy? Need specific guidance tailored to your organization and circumstances? We’re here to help. Give us a call at 866-356-1735 or email us at [email protected].