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What are additional steps to evaluate the COVID protection plan in my workplace?

This question is from a series of questions and answers on Worker Rights and Strategies for Staying Safe During COVID-19 created by National COSH to support workers during the pandemic.


  • The best way to ensure your workplace is safe is organizing with your co-workers. Keeping safe from COVID is a team effort!
  • You can get infected with COVID-19 through your nose, mouth, and eyes by either breathing in virus particles that were in the air where infected people have breathed or coughed/sneezed OR by bringing the particles to your face with your hands (after touching infected surfaces).
  • What does a safe workplace look like? The details depend on the exact type of workplace you are in, but here are some general guidelines:
    • Fewer people.  The fewer co-workers or customers in a space the better.
    • Better air circulation. Working in open spaces or spaces with adequate ventilation systems helps dilute or filter virus particles.
    • More distance. The more distance between people the better (at least 2 meters or 6 feet).
    • Physical barriers to isolate people from each other where possible
    • Hand washing. Employers should provide hand washing stations (with water and soap) and regular breaks so employees can wash their hands.
    • Clean surfaces. Every day, employers should clean and disinfect workstations, shared tools, and shared spaces such as the break room and bathroom.
    • Proper personal protective equipment (PPE). When there is danger of close contact with another person, everyone should be wearing a respirator. N95 or N100 respirators protect you if others around you are infected. For respirators to be effective, they need to fit you properly, and you should receive training in how to use them. Cloth or surgical masks help you protect other people in case you are infected. There are other important protections for workers who are close to the public, such as plastic barriers, face shields, and goggles.