Protecting People


COVID-19 Vaccine Update

COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions


Cleaning and disinfecting your facility

Keeping your facility clean is a foundational element to protecting your employees, vendors and customers.

Wear disposable gloves and gowns for all tasks in the cleaning process, including handling trash.

  • Additional personal protective equipment (PPE) might be required based on the cleaning/disinfectant products being used and whether there is a risk of splash.
  • Gloves and gowns should be removed carefully to avoid contamination of the wearer and the surrounding area.

Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.

  • Always wash immediately after removing gloves and after contact with a person who is sick.
  • Hand sanitizer: If soap and water are not available and hands are not visibly dirty, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol may be used. However, if hands are visibly dirty, always wash hands with soap and water.

Additional key times to wash hands include:

  • After blowing one’s nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • After using the restroom.
  • Before eating or preparing food.
  • After contact with animals or pets.
  • Before and after providing routine care for another person who needs assistance (e.g., a child).

Hand Washing Video CDC Guidance for Cleaning & Disinfecting


Mask Safety

If masks are worn, it’s important to note they must be properly used. Be mindful of not touching your face as some people actually touch their faces more when wearing a mask. 

Cloth face coverings should:

  • Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • Be secured with ties or ear loops
  • Include multiple layers of fabric
  • Allow for breathing without restriction
  • Be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape

Download the PDF  Mask Safety Video


Policies and Procedures

It’s important to review existing policies and procedures. Consider what continues or what may need to stop. Examples include policies related to:

  • Travel
  • Returning to work
  • Guests and visitors
  • Working from home

Print off your Ready Bag checklist


Supporting a Remote Workforce

As individuals begin to settle into working remotely it’s important to consider the following information to ensure a safer and more optimized workspace.

Workstation ergonomics:

  • Shoulders should be low and back, not reaching forward, causing strain on the neck.
  • Wrists should be flat and not resting on a hard surface.
  • Lower back should be supported with good posture and placing the contour of the chair in line with the lumbar.
  • Feet should be flat on the ground. If they are not in contact with the ground, a footrest should be utilized.
  • Knees should be angled between 90 and 120 degrees. Hips should be slightly higher than the knees.
  • Elbows should be angled at 90 degrees or greater to reduce nerve compression.

Stretching is a great way to reduce the risk of sprain and strain injuries. A simple reminder is the 15/15/15 rule; every 15 minutes, take a 15 second break by looking 15 feet away.

Workstation setup:

  • Adjust position and height of monitor(s) to reduce glare and eye strain.
  • Adjust chair to proper height for feet and knees and align the back for lumbar support.
  • Adjust keyboard position to alleviate elbow and wrist strains.
  • Adjust mouse placement so wrist is straight and in line with your keyboard height.

Remember, integrate movement into the workday. Try to move 3-5 minutes every hour. You can use Outlook or your phone for reminders. Don’t forget to stand when using the phone.

Here are some helpful tips:


Manage Well-Being

We are all currently living in an environment of ever-changing reports on the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on many aspects of our lives. Many of us watch with a mix of anxiety and an unquenchable thirst for information. The 24-hour news cycle and rapid yet sometimes unreliable social media stream feed our “fear of missing out”. Unfortunately, all of this can be detrimental to our mental and emotional well-being.

 

Here are some helpful tips to assist you in caring for your mental health and well-being.

  1. Check the news once per day
  2. Follow the recommendations, but don’t go overboard
  3. Focus on the evidence
  4. Think of common-sense precautions to take
  5. Focus on helping others

What else can I do to support myself?

  • Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep and avoid alcohol and drugs.
  • Make time to unwind and remind yourself that strong feelings will fade. Take media breaks. Try to do some other activities you enjoy to help you return to your normal life.
  • Connect with others. Share your concerns and how you are feeling with a friend or family member.
  • Maintain healthy relationships.
  • Maintain a sense of hope and positive thinking.

Manage Anxiety More Effectively

Anxiety is our bodies’ natural protective response to a perceived threat.

Many times, our brains act as little risk managers, constantly assessing possible dangers and attempting to come up with the best possible response to each perceived hazard. However, periodically, our risk management skills may need some fine tuning if we start to find ourselves over or under-estimating perceived threats and exhibiting excessive anxieties.

 

Navigating Your Grief Journey

While we often associate grief with loss by death, any type of loss can trigger grief. The current pandemic has resulted in many losses, including loss of contact with others, loss of “normal” routines, loss of recreation, loss of security and many more, perhaps including the death of loved ones. Some may be experiencing anticipatory grief, or the feeling that greater loss is yet to come. This can result in a spike in anxiety which is addressed in another resource on this web page. Other feelings or challenges that may arise in this pandemic include guilt, lack of closure, loss of traditions or feelings of isolation.

The oft-cited steps in the grief process (denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance) may inaccurately suggest that grief is a nice neat checklist through which we progress and discard once completed. This is never true, as grief can be a convoluted and repeated process in “typical” times, let alone in times like this where change and loss are ongoing and ever-changing.

The following are some signs that you might be coping with grief related to the pandemic:
(https://www.verywellmind.com/understanding-grief-in-the-age-of-the-covid-19-pandemic-4801931)

  • Trouble focusing on normal tasks
  • Sleeping much more or less than usual
  • Feelings of anger and irritability
  • Headaches and upset stomach
  • Fatigue or low energy
  • Re-experiencing feelings of past grief
  • Engaging in activities such as eating, drinking, or online shopping to cope with anxiety
  • Avoiding thinking or talking about the pandemic

Below are some helpful ways to utilize mindfulness to take care of yourself should you experience grief.

Six Mindful Strategies to Recover from Trauma, Loss & Change

  1. Reach out for support: Don’t try to bear your trauma alone. Ask for assistance from your friends, spiritual leaders, support groups and professionals.
  2. Sit quietly and reflect: No matter the severity of your trauma, sit quietly and ask yourself, “Historically, have I experienced other challenges in my life and how did I navigate through them?” Now use these past experiences to tap into your internal courage and strength while exploring if you can implement the same strategies again.
  3. Trust your inner resources: Once you realize that you survived other traumas before now, trust in yourself to know that you can get through your present challenge.
  4. Learn to keep yourself centered through the unbearable feelings of grief: When the waves of sadness and helplessness wash over you, initially allow yourself to feel the emotion and its depth. Then start to breathe through the grief with slow deep breaths. This will help you stay grounded and bring you back to the present.
  5. Start imagining a new life: Even though you are experiencing immense grief, start to imagine and invent in your mind’s eye a new future for yourself.
  6. Practice mindfulness: While doing grounding practices such as meditation, yoga, or even walks in nature, remember that your loss is cyclical like the seasons. Even when we are in the depths of winter we know that eventually it will become more manageable with the advent of summer. Learn to tolerate and pace yourself through the most severe times. Many of us admire people like Al Gore, who found his road to the White House suddenly blocked and chose to focus on educating people about global warming, and Christopher Reeve, who left acting behind after becoming a quadriplegic and went on to become a film director and advocate for those suffering from spinal cord injuries. Both were able to let go of the past and transform their lives. You, too, can tap into your inner courage, move forward with your life and even reinvent yourself.

https://www.mindful.org/6-mindful-strategies-for-recovering-from-loss/


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