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How Should Hawaii Employers Prepare for Coronavirus?

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The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has left employers struggling to figure out how to effectively protect employees in the workplace.

Employers across the islands and in every industry need to ensure they have policies and procedures in place to ensure a healthy workplace, respond to employee concerns, and avoid legal pitfalls.

As employers, we have a responsibility for the safety of our workforce. The safety and human resources experts at simplicityHR by ALTRES are working around the clock to support our clients and our community.

Updated 3/18/20: Latest news, resources, and FAQs, available at COVID-19 Employer Resources

What We Know About Coronavirus COVID-19
It’s spread by droplets from coughing and sneezing, similar to the common cold.
It has an incubation period of two weeks.
It can live on surfaces for several days.
Older adults and those with chronic medical conditions are at a higher risk for severe illness.
There’s currently no effective treatment, only supportive care to help relieve symptoms.
Follow official sources for the most current information.

Emphasize preventative measures

Be sure to follow the advice of reputable agencies:

Promote hand hygiene and proper respiratory etiquette. The best defense against contracting the coronavirus is to practice good personal hygiene. Consider posting or sharing handwashing how-to information and providing hand sanitizer in common areas.

Clean and disinfect more frequently. COVID-19 can live on hard surfaces for a few days so regular sanitizing and disinfecting is essential. Many employers have already taken steps to increase cleaning frequency and are providing wipes and cleaning supplies to employees to clean their work spaces.

Minimize crowd exposure. Lower the risk of your workforce contracting COVID-19 by limiting group meetings and postponing events whenever possible.

This article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. Readers should first consult their attorney or adviser before acting upon any information in this article.

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