In order to reduce the chances that COVID-19 will spread among your crew members, you might already be using temperature checks to screen staffers before they start working.
In that case, you should be using a touchless thermometer if you have one. Otherwise, according to newly released guidance from the Ohio Department of Health, you can use oral thermometers, but first make sure to disinfect the thermometer by rinsing the tip of the thermometer in cold water, cleaning it with alcohol swabs and then cleaning it again.
If no thermometers are available, you can screen crew members by asking them two questions before they start working:
1. Do you have symptoms of respiratory infection (fever, cough, shortness of breath)? Those who answer yes should be sent home for at least seven days from the day they first experienced the symptoms.
2. Have you been exposed to someone with confirmed COVID-19? Workers who say yes should be sent home and required to stay there for 14 days from the time they were first exposed.
(From the April 13, 2020, issue of Safety Alert for Supervisors)