COVID-19: What to do NOW!

Getting Ready to Re-open to the Public

Apr 28, 2020

The Coronavirus stay-at-home order has forced many businesses to close or partially-close during the pandemic.  As states prepare to gradually lift the mandates, employers need to start thinking NOW about how to do so in a manner that minimizes risk. Consideration should be given to requirements and recommendations issued by federal and state government officials, including the U.S. Department of Labor and the CDC.  

For most businesses and industries, re-opening will take time and may involve gradual steps; i.e. certain industries will re-open before others. Safety and health professionals know that the best way to control a hazard is to systematically remove it from the workplace, rather than relying on workers to reduce their exposure.  We all know the importance of hand-washing, use of sanitizer and no-touch receptacles for tissues. But what other protocols should business owners be thinking about?  

  • How do I make my employees feel safe to return to work?
  • What is OSHA requiring to prove that our business is a "safe work environment?"
  • How do I respond to presumptive and confirmed COVID-19 cases?
  • If I use a professional cleaning service – is that good enough?
  • What steps do we need to take as a business?


Lofton Safety Services has partnered with Certified Industrial Hygienists (CIH) to help businesses figure out the legal and safety issues they will face prior to re-opening including:  

  • Legal and Insurance recommendations
  • Medical education, counseling, and consulting services
  • Certified Industrial Hygienists (CIH) consulting services to include:
    • Assessments
    • Protocols
    • Testing
    • Job Oversight
    • Reporting
  • HR and HSE education and consulting services to include:
    • Business continuity plans
    • Screening procedures
    • Coronavirus policies and procedures
    • Training
    • Removal/Reinstatement protocols
    • Cleaning service recommendation 

Depending on your line of business, some of the above may be unnecessary. Lofton Safety Services can help you decipher what you need to know and help design a program specific to your business. Contact us today!  337-254-7851.


About Lofton: Founded in 1979, Lofton Services offers clients the best of all worlds. We provide the responsive, personal service and flexibility of a small local firm while having the technology, resources, and infrastructure to deliver the benefits of the biggest players in our industry. Lofton Staffing can deliver the right people, with the right skills, right when you need them.  Contact us today

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