Mass. Nonprofits Can Re-Open, but Must Ensure Safety
May 18, 2020 Under the four-phase plan to re-open the Massachusetts economy, unveiled today by Gov. Charlie Baker, Bay State nonprofits, like other organizations, will need to abide by mandatory workplace safety standards and sector-specific protocols and best practices.
All businesses and activities, as they reopen, starting today, must meet the following minimum safety standards: Social Distancing
All persons, including employees, customers, and vendors should remain at least six feet apart to the greatest extent possible, both inside and outside workplaces
Establish protocols to ensure that employees can practice adequate social distancing
Provide signage for safe social distancing
Require face coverings or masks for all employees
Provide hand washing capabilities throughout the workplace
Ensure frequent hand washing and ensure adequate supplies
Provide regular sanitization of high touch areas, such as workstations, equipment, screens, doorknobs, restrooms throughout work site
Staffing and Operations
Provide training for employees regarding the social distancing and hygiene protocols
Employees who are displaying COVID-19-like symptoms do not report to work
Establish a plan for employees getting ill from COVID-19 at work, and a return-to-work plan
Cleaning and Disinfecting
Establish and maintain cleaning protocols specific to the business
When an active employee is diagnosed with COVID-19, cleaning and disinfecting must be performed
Disinfection of all common surfaces must take place at intervals appropriate to said workplace
The Baker administration also has mandated that businesses must develop a written control plan outlining how its workplace will comply with the mandatory safety standards for operation in the COVID-19 reopening period.
A template for that plan, along with workplace posters, and sector-specific protocols and best practices are available here.
The state has developed a guide to educate business owners on what supplies are needed to return to workplaces, and a portal to connect businesses with manufacturers and distributors.
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