COVID-19 Worksite Safety Guidelines

Colorado Department Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) REQUIRES the following:

Public Health Order 20-28 Safer at Home issued Monday, April 27 states Colorado businesses shall all follow the protocols below.

If your employer is not following these guidelines, please report them to us.

  • Breaks: Encourage breaks to wash hands or use hand sanitizer
  • COVID-19 Workplace Coordinator: Deputize workplace coordinator(s) with addressing COVID-19 issues
  • Customer Protections: Create whenever possible special hours for Vulnerable Individuals. Encourage 6 foot distancing inside of the business for all patrons. Encourage customer use of protection like gloves and face coverings, provide hand sanitizer at the entrances to the greatest extent possible and use contactless payment solutions/no touch trash cans whenever possible.
  • Disinfection: Clean and disinfect all high touch areas. Eliminate or regularly clean and disinfect any items in common spaces, such as break rooms, that are shared between individuals, such as condiments, coffee makers, and vending machines.
  • Flexible Scheduling: Provide to the greatest extent possible flexible or remote scheduling for employees who may have child or elder care obligations, or who live with a person who still needs to observe Stay at Home due to underlying condition, age or other factor. Encourage and enable remote work whenever possible. Phase shifts and breaks to reduce density.
  • Gatherings of 10 or less: Avoid gatherings (meetings, waiting rooms) of more than 10 people.
  • Protective Gear: Provide appropriate protective gear like gloves, masks and face coverings.
  • Signage: Post signage for employees and discourage shared spaces.
  • Social Distancing: Maintain 6 foot separation between employees and discourage shared spaces.
  • Symptom Monitoring Protocols: Implement symptom monitoring protocols (including workplace temperature monitoring), conduct daily temperature checks, and monitor symptom employees. In addition, employers over fifty (50) employees in any one location shall implement stations for symptom screening and temperature checks, close common areas to disallow gathering of employees, implement mandatory cleaning and disinfection protocols, and require mandatory adhering to Social Distancing Requirements.
  • Ventilation: Ensure proper ventilation.
  • Vulnerable Individuals Protection: Provide work accommodations for Vulnerable Individuals, who remain subject Stay-At-Home advisement, prioritizing telecommuting as Vulnerable Individuals shall not be compelled to go to work during the pendency of this pandemic emergency.
    * Vulnerable Individuals means:
            1. Individuals who are 65 years and older;
            2. Individuals with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma;
            3. Individuals who have serious heart conditions;
            4. Individuals who are immunocompromised;
            5. Pregnant women; and
            6. Individuals determined to be high risk by a licensed healthcare provider.
  • Worker with Covid-19 Symptoms Response: If you or a co-worker report any COVID-19 symptoms, your employer should
    (1) Send the employee home immediately
    (2) Increase cleaning in your facility and require social distancing of staff at least 6 feet apart from one another
    (3) Exclude employee until they are fever-free, without medication, for 72 hours and 7 days have passed since their first symptom
    (4) Contact local health department if multiple employees have these symptoms
    (5) Connect employees to company or state benefit providers
    (6) Connect employees to company or state benefit providers

Additional Information

Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Occupational Health & Safety Administration recommend additional protections. You can find them in the links below.