How to Ensure the Safety of Our Employees in Their Private Lives

Dr. Syed Farhan Ali Tirmizi, MBBS, MSc – Epidemiologist

How to Ensure the Safety of Our Employees in Their Private Lives​ Guidelines

To protect the workplace from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we have to ensure that employees are also safe in their private lives

How to Teach Employees About Overall Safety

  • Provide employees with printed materials about coronavirus with which they can educate their families about.
  • Use verbal announcements about the importance of observing preventive measures at home.
  • Teach employees to:
    • Clean and disinfect their homes regularly.
    • Recognize coronavirus symptoms.
  • Guarantee employees that they can:
    • Voice out coronavirus-related concerns to the management
    • Approach the management when a household member becomes symptomatic or positive for coronavirus

What We Can Offer to the Employees

  • If possible, protective items, such as:
    • Face Masks
    • Gloves
    • Soap
    • Hand Rubs With 70% Alcohol
    • Cleaning and Disinfectant Products
  • Flexible hours work-from-home or arrangements
  • Incentives upon taking alternative transportation methods, such as parking reimbursements

Note: Ensure that there are still enough supplies of protective items. Otherwise, they should be reserved for health care workers, patients, and high-risk individuals.

Please forward the following guidelines to your (department/team).

How to Protect Your Family From Coronavirus

  • Clean frequently touched surfaces(tables, handles, switches, door knobs, toilets, sinks) with water and soap. Then, disinfect them by applying household disinfectants with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registration number.
  • For electronics, such as cell phones, tablets, touch screens, remote controls, and keyboards, follow the manufacturer’s cleaning instructions.
    • If there is no manufacturer guidance available, clean these devices using:
      • A dry cloth
      • 70% alcohol wipes
  How to Talk to Children About Coronavirus
  • Use simple language suitable for children.
  • Show empathy for feelings of anxiety and confusion that children may feel about coronavirus.
  • Be positive and reinforce the importance of preventive measures, such as preventing other family members from getting sick as well.
  • Verify the reliability and nondiscriminatory aspects of the information the children already know.
  • Encourage children to ask questions.
    • If you do not know the answer, be honest and look for the answer together.
  How to Handle Delivery Transactions
  • Ask the delivery personnel to leave the products at the doorstep.
  • Clean and disinfect the products before taking them inside.
  • If possible, have cashless transactions.
  • When receiving cash, receive it in a plastic bag and take the money using gloves.
  • Wash your hands with water and soap for at least 20 to 30 seconds after cleaning and disinfecting the products and after every delivery transaction.
  How to Take Care of a Family Member With Suspected Coronavirus
  • Isolate the person in a separate room.
  • If possible, assign the person with an exclusive:
    • Bathroom
    • Trash can with trash bags
      • Use gloves to handle and remove the trash bag.
    • In the case of a shared bathroom, instruct the person to wash his or her hands with water and soap for at least 20 to 30 seconds after each use.
    • The sick person should:
      • Eat in isolation
      • Be provided with his or her own set of eating utensils
    • When washing the dishes:
      • Wear disposable gloves.
      • Use hot water.
      • Wash your hands with water and soap for at least 20 to 30 seconds immediately after removing the gloves

“Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers Responding to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).” CDC, 05 May 2020.
Accessed 11 May 2020.

“Household Checklist.” CDC.
LINK. Accessed 11 May 2020.

Pendley, Jennifer Shroff. “Coronavirus (COVID-19): How to Talk to Your Child.” KidsHealth, April 2020.
LINK. Accessed 11 May 2020.

Written By

Dr. Syed Farhan Ali Tirmizi, MBBS, MSc


Communicable Disease Control (CDC), Alberta Health Services

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