From: Zabel Panosyan <panosyan**At_Symbol_Here**IIT.EDU>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] DRAFT - Please review and send comments.
Date: Tue, 19 May 2020 11:03:42 -0500
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Is there a Final Document on Return to work policy that can be used as a guidance for teaching and research labs?
I would like to back up my suggestions to our Safety committee with guidelines established in other organizations.
Thank you.

Zabel Panosyan
Lecturer, Chemistry
Laboratory and Course Coordinator
Departmental Safety Officer
Illinois Institute of Technology
Chemistry Department
3101 South Dearborn Street
Room 160 PS
Chicago, Il 60616
Phone: 312-567-3442

On Mon, Apr 27, 2020 at 3:41 PM 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

=E2=80=A2Fuel Oil/Natural gas

•Security systems and barriers

=E2=80=A2Fire 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).


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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