With so much information - and misinformation - circulating about COVID-19 and what's safe and not safe to do, businesses are treading carefully as they implement policies to keep their staff, customers and vendors safe.
While there is plenty of guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and OSHA on how to reduce the chances of COVID-19 spreading in the workplace, outbreaks continue to occur in businesses around the country.
Spreading events have happened in shared breakrooms when people have been eating together, offices where workstations are divided by partitions but people roam the office without masks, and when workers work in too close proximity to each other.
But which activities are the riskiest in terms of susceptibility to spreading the virus? Hospital group Crossover Health recently published a list that ranks the risks associated with common workplace activities. The list can be used to limit the higher-risk activities or ensure additional protective measures while workers perform those riskier tasks.
Below are the rankings for various tasks:
Knowledge of the COVID-19 risk associated with each of these activities can help your employees guide their behavior, as well as help you set rules for them to follow.
Probably the most important thing employers can do is require face coverings when appropriate, as well as the maintenance of social distancing of at least 6 feet between employees.
The CDC has a number of recommendations to guide employers, including: