Health Monitoring Policy for Employees

5. Health Monitoring Policy for Employees

Self-Screening at Home

5. Health Monitoring Policy for Employees

Self-Screening at Home

One of the most vital aspects of detection involves self-screening. In order to adequately communicate these procedures to employees, the employer should issue a self-screening checklist for all employees to conduct voluntarily at home prior to returning to work. (see CDC for latest– Guidance for Business Plan & Response) The screening should consist of the following questions:

Do you have a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or greater?

Do you have a cough?

Are you experiencing shortness of breath or difficulty breathing?

Are you having chills or repeated shaking with chills?

Are you experiencing unusual fatigue?

Are you experiencing muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell?

If the answer to any of these questions is ‘YES”, employees are requested to stay at home until ALL THREE of the following are true:

  • You have been fever free for (at least) 72-hours (3 full days) without taking medication such as acetaminophen or aspirin to reduce fever.
  • Other symptoms (cough or shortness of breath) are gone.
  • It has been (at least) 7-days since your symptoms first appeared, or you have tested negative for COVID-19 and applied VDH/CDC/OSHA guidelines.

Observation of Symptoms at Work

Employees who appear to have symptoms (i.e., fever, cough, or shortness of breath) upon arrival at work or who become sick during the day should immediately be separated from other employees, customers, and visitors and sent home.

If an employee is confirmed to have COVID-19 infection, employers should inform fellow employees of their possible exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace but maintain confidentiality as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The employer should instruct fellow employees about how to proceed based on the CDC Public Health Recommendations for Community-Related Exposure.

Monitoring by Employers

Employers have the authority to set up a monitoring station at their facility’s entrance. In addition, a monitoring station may be set up in the parking lot entrance (CDC – Employers’Guidance).When implemented, please consider the following: a) employing a health screening team that will monitor symptoms of individuals entering the facility, b) close alternative entrances to ensure all employees pass through the monitoring system, c) use no-touch thermometers to evaluate employee’s body temperature, and d) if an employee exhibits a fever upon entrance, he/she should be sent home to self-quarantine or pursue medical attention.

Procedures for Suspected Infection

Employers should assess hazards that employees may be exposed to, evaluate the risk of exposure and select / implement / ensure employees use controls to prevent exposure. Control measures may include a combination of engineering and administrative, safe work practices and PPE.

Health organization guidelines:





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