From: RAMPUR VISWANATH <000005c25051b089-dmarc-request**At_Symbol_Here**LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] DRAFT - Please review and send comments.
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2020 23:43:48 +0000
Reply-To: RAMPUR VISWANATH <r.viswanath**At_Symbol_Here**YAHOO.COM>
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In-Reply-To <420E3ED2-711A-4EBF-952A-4FC43C84D1DC**At_Symbol_Here**>

Thanks a lot, Ralph. You hve taken interest to put your thoughts down. For me, your list is extensive and covers almost all areas and serves as a very good starting point for all of us. I will wait for others to make their comments.

Best Wishes, Rampur

Rampur Viswanath, Ph.D., REM, CHMM
US Fulbright Senior Scholar (2015-2016)
Vice-Chairman, Hazardous Materials Society, Rockville, Maryland, USA
Founder & President, ACHMM-India Chapter, Bangalore, India
Career Consultant, American Chemical Society, Washington, District of Columbia, United States 
Past Chairman, American Chemical Society's Southern Nevada Chapter, Las Vegas, United States
General Chairman, American Chemical Society's 2022-Western Regional Conference, Las Vegas, United States
International Ambassador-Alliance of Hazardous Materials Professionals, Rockville, Maryland, United States
Rotary District Governor (2011-2012)-D5080 (parts of Washington, Idaho and British Columbia)
Member-Rotary Club of Las Vegas (D5300), Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

On Monday, April 27, 2020, 01:41:48 PM PDT, Ralph Froehlich <rfroehlich**At_Symbol_Here**> wrote:


I thought that some DCHAS members may be interested in this draft 2020 RETURN TO WORK POLICY & PROGRAM for review & comment. 

Maybe if we can agree on a final document, we could issue it as a guidance document for workplaces, schools, universities, research centers, and with modifications, healthcare organizations. It makes more sense to jointly agree on the expectations for return to work, than each individual putting together a program.

Ralph A. Froehlich, CIH, CSP, QEP
Helix Environmental, Inc. 
(937) 226-0650 office





1.     Verify that all facility systems are operational and correct as needed:





•Information Technology

•Fuel Oil/Natural gas

=E2=80=A2Security systems and barriers

•Fire safety equipment

•Emergency response equipment

•Flammable/Toxic Gas monitors/lab hoods/local exhaust ventilation

•Pollution control equipment

•Waste, Universal Waste, Hazardous Waste storage and transport

•Breakroom refrigerators

2.     Clean and disinfect workplace including all surfaces accessible to worker touch. Consider verification testing to ensure disinfection of contact surfaces.

3.     Replenish expired supplies (first aid, eyewash fluids, vending machines, time- or temperature-dependent reagents, bottled drinking water, soap/sanitizer, etc.).

4..     Establish barriers/location marking to identify social distancing expectations and encourage compliance in manufacturing and break areas.



1.     Establish acceptable entry screening conditions (temperature/health, reported contact with COVID-19 victims, ordered isolation).


             ACCEPTABLE ENTRY CONDITIONS (Adjust as needed)

1.     Body temperature less than 100.4 =B0F (38 =B0C)

2.     Entrant in good health/not feeling ill.

3.     No other COVID-19 symptoms in past 7 days (Fever, Headache, Cough, Shortness of Breath, Chills, Muscle Pain, Sore Throat, Loss of smell or taste).

4.     No contact with positive or suspect-positive COVID-19 victims in past 14 days.

5.     Not ordered to quarantine or self-isolate by physician or government agent.

6.     Not traveled on mass transportation in past 14 days.


2.     Delineate screening area to maintain social distancing, mark entry line spacing, and provide screening equipment (no-touch thermometers, hand sanitizer, facemasks, gloves, etc.). Consider tents for screening area/wait lines.

3..     Train screeners on required PPE and screening procedures and security personnel on screening security issues.

4.     Provide written instructions to diverted personnel regarding isolation and criteria for discontinuing isolation/return to work policy.

5.     Establish diversion rooms with social distancing for those identified as unacceptable for entry. Make sure that diversion rooms are accessible to exterior.

6.     Provide diverted personnel with transportation to medical services or residence. Ensure that support systems are in place for diverted workers.



1.     Use direct communication (letters, emails, telephone calls, newspapers, video news, social media) to notify all about restart of facility.

2.     Plan for restart after week DEPENDING ON COVID-19 CONDITIONS. Allow for changes if needed.

3.     Consider pre-work "Open House" to demonstrate new entry requirements and facility entry conditions.

4.     Consider offering employers video tours of entry screening procedures through social media.

5.     Train workers on new work procedures and expectations by video conferencing or accessible video tour. Mark entry stations.



1.     Establish staggered entry times by workgroups to minimize wait times.

2.     Use screening to reinforce additional PPE requirements (safety glasses, hearing protection, etc.)

3.     Anticipate delays and frustrations; use videos and music to reduce tensions.

4.     Ensure that diverted workers are cared for.



1.     Establish command area for problem identification and resolution.

2.     Establish Corrective Action Team to develop and implement improvements.

3.     Use EHS/HR/Maintenance to evaluate improvements before implementation.

4.     Consider legal/insurance evaluation if needed.

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