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COVID-19: Creating a Safe Workplace

Helping your employees return to work, safely and confidently, during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is no easy task. Cleveland Clinic has gathered resources from our health experts and the CDC to help you develop and implement a plan.
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How do I get started?

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a number of new challenges, especially for businesses looking to reopen. While managers and employees may feel a sense of urgency to get their business back to normal as soon as possible, there are new guidelines and revised practices that should be followed to allow for a safe, stable return.

These resources will help you through the key steps of reopening your business in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, including:

  • Making sure your facility is fully clean, disinfected and equipped with a blueprint for maintaining safe conditions.
  • Setting up a support system in place for employees as they return to work and adjust to new realities and emotional challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Creating a plan for a safe work environment that protects employees and customers alike from risks connected to COVID-19, including exposure and transmission.

The response to the COVID-19 pandemic is continuously evolving as we learn more about the virus and the best techniques to address the associated risks. The Cleveland Clinic’s materials are based on currently available data and guidelines from the CDC and other resources. This guidance may change from time to time.

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Download Our Guides for Staying Safe During COVID-19

Download Our Guides for Staying Safe During COVID-19

COVID-19 Guide for Returning to Work

For All Industries

A guide to making your workplace secure and safe for employees returning to the office.

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For Cleaning and Disinfection

A guide, created with Clorox, to developing a robust cleaning and disinfection program.

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For Keeping Safer at Home

A guide, created with Clorox, to minimizing the risk of coronavirus in your household.

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For Communicating With Empathy

A guide to enhancing communication with our community, employees and business partners.

Download Our Industry-Specific Guides

Download Our Industry-Specific Guides

COVID-19 Guide for Educators

For Educators

A guide to cleaning classrooms and materials to help keep students, teachers and administrators safe.

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For Event Hosts and Planners

A guide to enhancing the health safety of employees, contractors and guests safe during events.

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For Faith Leaders

A guide to making sacred spaces safe for congregants and staff focusing on preparing for services and rituals.

For First Responders

For First Responders

A guide to ensuring the safety of your workforce and the communities you serve.

COVID-19 Guide for Healthcare Providers

For Healthcare Providers

A guide to making healthcare offices safe for patients focusing on disinfection, PPE safety and inventory.

COVID-19 Guide for Hotel Employers

For Hotel Employers

A guide to making hotels and hotel rooms secure and safe for guests during their stay.

COVID-19 Guide for Manufacturing Employers

For Manufacturing Employers

A guide to making manufacturing worksites, equipment and machinery clean and safe for use.

COVID-19 Guide for Retail Employers

For Retail Employers

A guide to cleaning and disinfecting your store to make it safe for customers and employees.

COVID-19 Guide for Restaurant Employers

For Restaurant Employers

A guide to cleaning and equipping your kitchen and seating area so your restaurant is safe for everyone.

Keeping Your People Safe, Healthy and Resilient

Keeping Your People Safe, Healthy and Resilient

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Health and Safety

Make sure you are safely and responsibly resuming business operationswith these resources and guidelines, including proper hygiene and social distancing measures.

How to Keep Your Facility Safe
Maintain Healthy Habits

Well-Being and Resiliency

Help your employees cope with returning to work following this unprecedented disruption of life with these useful guides on emotional well-being and staying healthy.

How to Help Your Employees Cope
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Managing Symptoms

These resources will help you and your workers not only recognize what COVID-19 symptoms to look for, but how to manage any situation where they have symptoms.

How To Spot the Symptoms
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Preparing the Work Area

These resources offer guidance on creating an appropriately protected workspace for employees, customers and patrons before reopening your business.

How to Prepare for Resuming Business

Cleveland Clinic Leaders Discuss the Latest on the COVID-19 Vaccination Process

James Merlino, MD, Chief Clinical Transformation Officer; Steven Gordon, MD, Chair of Department of Infectious Disease; and Richard Rothman, MD, Regional Institute Chair of Hospital Medicine at Cleveland Clinic Florida answer your questions about what you should know about the delta variant, how effective vaccines are at preventing serious illness and prevention and safety strategies essential to combatting the spread of COVID-19.

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