Coronavirus (COVID-19) Work Place Guidance

COVID-19 has bought about unprecedented changes to communities around the world and Bermuda has not been excluded. In light of these changes, business owners and managers have several questions on what business operations should look like in the post COVID-19 environment. In addition to preserving business operations to ensure economic viability, the protection of employee health and safety is paramount. Legal obligations under Bermuda’s Occupational Safety & Health legislation require this of every employer.

In light of this, the following recommendations are provided to assist employers in establishing workplace protocols to protect employee health and safety when returning to work after COVID-19.

Safe Return to Work after Travel Guidance

The Ministry of Health advises against non-essential travel off the island for all Bermuda residents. The guidance is the minimum required for workplaces, but more stringent policies may be implemented based on the workplace’s risk assessment. 

For workers with children, they should also consult the Return to School and Day Care after Travel Guidance.

Return to Work Recommendations

Now that the shelter in place restrictions are being phased out in Bermuda, business leaders must do their due diligence to ensure that employees are adequately protected when returning to work. Specifically, protocols must be in place to protect workers if select employees display symptoms of COVID-19, have been identified as a known or suspected COVID-19 case, or have been on close physical contact with a known or suspected COVID-19 case. 

Ten Tips for Office Settings

Infection Prevention and Control Training

This online training covers the fundamentals of infection prevention and control for COVID-19 and similar type diseases. Training should be provided for all employees and management on Infection Prevention & Control. As a result the Department of Health, has produced the following mandatory training course.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Guidance for Workplaces

The information below are helpful flyers that can be printed and used in your employment setting for education and awareness. Please click on the link and the flyers will open in a new page for printing.

Additional guidance and directions are provided below:

Food Service, Bars and Nightclubs 

Gyms, Exercise Facilities, Health Clubs, and Dance Studios

Housing and Tourist Accommodations

Occupational Safety and Health

Retail and Personal Services

Pools

Public Venues

Transportation

 

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