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Control measures

Employers may modify the work environment and/or change work practices to provide additional protection to workers and clients. For example, employers may:

  • Install physical barriers (e.g., clear plastic sneeze guards),
  • Conduct business in a different manner (e.g., use drive-through service windows, implement telework arrangements),
  • Improve ventilation (e.g., install high-efficiency air filters, increase ventilation rates),
  • Install additional hand sanitizer dispensers, provide facial tissues, and
  • Have workers use PPE.

Employers should select equipment, such as surgical masks and respirators as described below, that will protect workers against infectious diseases to which they may be exposed.

Risk communication

Workers should be aware of the exposure risk level associated with their job duties. In addition, a pandemic may disproportionately affect people in certain age groups or with specific health histories. Workers with job-related exposure to infections who voluntarily disclose personal health risks should be considered for job accommodations and/or additional protective measures, e.g., use of PPE.