COVID-19 Risk Prevention
- What can someone do to reduce their risk of infection?
- The best way to prevent illness and to stop the spread of COVID-19, is to avoid being exposed to the virus. The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone:
- - Wash their hands often
- - Avoid close contact
- - Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others
- - Cover coughs and sneezes
- - Clean and disinfect
Click here for a detailed list of prevention recommendations from the CDC.
- What can I do at my worksite to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission?
- Consider incorporating these best practices into your daily health and safety routines.
- - Clean all equipment and tools (specifically those areas that will be touched by workers, including handles, seats, etc.) at the beginning and end of each work shift.
- - Be extra vigilant about cleaning restrooms, inside and out.
- - Ensure workers wash their hands when they arrive at the worksite and frequently throughout the day. Provide soap, water, and time for this purpose.
- - Adjust operations as much as possible to help workers to maintain 6 feet of physical distance from each other (e.g. stagger break times, adjust number of workers on the line, or in rows).
- - Create a plan for monitoring workers for symptoms upon arrival and throughout the workday. Be sure to keep the contact information for local medical services on hand and easily accessible should someone fall ill.
- What types of face coverings offer the best protection?
- The CDC advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus by preventing people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.
Cloth face coverings are not surgical masks or N95 respirators, which are being reserved for medical workers. The best protection against the virus is physical distancing and hand washing. (Source)
Because N95 respirators are being prioritized for medical personnel first, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) has provided the following alternatives for N95 respirators (English/Spanish).