Gov Lamont releases safe workplace rules for essential employers

On the evening of Tuesday, April 7, Governor Lamont signed an Executive Order directing the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development, in consultation with the Commissioner of Public Health, to issue legally binding statewide rules prescribing measures for workplaces to protect against the spread of COVID-19. The Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) has issued the rules, which include:

Guidelines for essential employees

  • Employees who are ill should stay home.
  • Where possible, employees should take their temperature before they go to work. If they have a temperature above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, they should stay home.
  • Make hand sanitizer available to employees who do not have ready access to soap and water.
  • Place posters that encourage hand hygiene to help stop the spread at the entrance to your workplace and in other workplace areas where they are likely to be seen.
  • Whether at work or at home, all employees are advised to follow the CDC guidelines for preventing transmission of COVID-19 including:
    • Washing hands frequently for at least 20 seconds, avoiding touching mouth and nose, avoiding close contact with others, cleaning and disinfecting surfaces, using cough and sneeze etiquette, and staying at home when sick.
    • Employees should not touch their face and should use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19.

The complete release of rules from Governor Lamont and DECD is available online.

Members are encouraged to view the complete release, because it also includes information regarding the following: controlling contact between employees and other employees or customers, eliminating transmission points, guidelines for employees who had close contact with a person with symptoms of or have been diagnosed with COVID-19, guidelines for workplace illness, and additional rules specific to construction sites.