CDC outlines methods for offices to reopen, keep workers safe

As states reopen, employees are unsure of what to expect when they return to working in-person. Steve Politis with Alcott Human Resources in Farmingdale says companies will have to rethink their offices.

News 12 Staff

May 29, 2020, 9:12 PM

Updated 1,422 days ago

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The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention has laid out new guidelines for offices to be able to reopen.
As states reopen, employees are unsure of what to expect when they return to working in-person. Steve Politis with Alcott Human Resources in Farmingdale says companies will have to rethink their offices.
"How do you get 5,000 people in an office building up an elevator during rush hour, when you can only put two people in an elevator because of social distancing?" says Politis.
The CDC's new guidelines on office safety focus on keeping people apart. They say employers should modify work stations to maintain social distancing, use methods to physically separate employees and take steps to improve ventilation in the building.
Dr. John Whyte with WebMD says businesses are coming up with creative solutions, which could include keeping some workers at home.
"We may have to have a difference in time when people come to work, shifting the start of the day and end of the day for some people, having them come in in alternate days," says Whyte. "Perhaps enacting some kind of Plexiglas shied between cubes."
The CDC says companies should eliminate communal seating areas and get rid of high-touch items like coffee makers and water coolers, instead opting for pre-packaged, single-serve items.
Employees are also being encouraged to avoid mass transit and commute in their own vehicles.
 


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