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Guidance for businesses on returning to work safely and protecting employees


In response to the coronavirus, businesses are rapidly adjusting to the changing needs of their people, their customers and suppliers. With every industry, role and location affected, managing changes in the workplace can be a daunting task. Businesses should take precautions by implementing basic infection prevention measures and pre-screening employees before they come to work.


Fortunately, companies can safely screen employees without the risk of spreading the coronavirus in the workplace. Businesses can check the health status of their employees each day before work using their smartphones. Based on the results of their screening, the employee is informed it’s safe to head to work or advised to stay home.


A simple check-in is recommended by the CDC as the safest way to screen employees. It’s a simple and convenient way to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.


Reduce workers’ risk of exposure to SARS-CoV-2


There are basic steps that every employer can take to reduce the risk of worker exposure to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in their workplace. Businesses should have an infectious disease preparedness and response plan and implement basic infection prevention measures.


“At Bravado Health, we’re continuing our commitment to help businesses reduce the risk of spreading infection by knowing employees’ status and providing real-time intelligence,” said Dr. John Bernot, Chief Medical Officer of Bravado Health. “Promptly identifying and isolating potentially infections individuals is a critical step in protecting workers, customers, visitors, and others at a worksite.”


With Bravado Health’s COVID-19 Screening Tool, employers can inform and encourage employees to self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 using the devices they already have at home. Employees can also report when they are sick or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and receive assistance and instructions for self-isolation.


Where appropriate, employers should develop policies and procedures for isolating people who have signs and/or symptoms of COVID-19, and train workers to implement them. The best way to prevent exposure is to screen employees before they come to work each day.


Updated guidance from the EEOC


The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) updated its guidance on April 23 on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and coronavirus, explaining that employers may screen employees for COVID-19. Any mandatory medical test must be job-related and consistent with business necessity, the EEOC explained.


“Applying this standard to the current circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, employers may take steps to determine if employees entering the workplace have COVID-19 because an individual with the virus will pose a direct threat to the health of others,” the agency stated. Consequently, an employer may administer COVID-19 testing to employees before they enter the workplace.


Just as with temperature screening, screening for COVID-19 must be conducted on a nondiscriminatory basis, which likely means that all employees entering the worksite must be tested.


With Bravado Health’s COVID-19 Screening Tool, businesses can screen employees for emerging symptoms of coronavirus and be up and running in less than a day.


For more information on the COVID-19 Screening Tool, go to www.bravadohealth.com/covid-19/.


Businesses and their employees can start using the COVID-19 Screening Tool immediately upon activating their account.