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Health Screenings in the Workplace

April 7, 2020, 3:30 p.m. CDT

To ensure continuity of operations of essential functions, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) advises that critical workers may be permitted to continue work following potential exposure to COVID-19, provided they remain asymptomatic and additional precautions are implemented to protect them and the community.

Potential exposure: Being a household contact or having close contact within 6 feet of an individual with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 (includes 48 hours before the individual became symptomatic).

Work departments may also choose to screen visitors and general employees in their work spaces, but should ensure they are doing so responsibility.

Essential Workers Returning After Exposure to COVID-19

Do:

  • Take your temperature before work.
  • Wear a face mask at all times.
  • Practice social distancing in the workplace as duties permit.
  • Continue frequent handwashing.
  • Keep a log of your activities, work areas, and people you may contact throughout the day.

Don't:

  • Stay at work if you become sick.
  • Share headsets or objects used near your face.
  • Congregate in the break room or other crowded places.

Supervisors/Departments of Workers Exposed to COVID-19

  • Take employee’s temperature and assess symptoms prior to their starting work. Use a forehead thermometer or other device that can be easily decontaminated between users. Consider individuals self-checking with a provided thermometer.
  • Log information using a spreadsheet or form (example PDF*).
  • Send an employee home immediately if they become sick during the day.
  • Increase frequency of cleaning commonly touched surfaces.
  • Notify ehsd@tamu.edu of workers exposed to COVID-19 and the intent to return essential staff to work after potential exposure.

Departments Screening Visitors/General Employees:

  • Take visitor’s temperature and ask screening questions. Use a forehead thermometer or other device that can be easily decontaminated between users. Consider individuals self-checking with a provided thermometer.
  • Log information using a spreadsheet or form (example PDF*).
  • Notify ehsd@tamu.edu prior to implementation.

Where can I find more information?

The CDC provides more information about critical employees working after exposure here.

 

* This link is no longer active and has been removed.