Mandatory Safety Standards

As we continue to move forward with Phase 1, specific guidelines have became available prior to all Massachusetts employers opening. We will continue to provide our clients with additional safety information for the upcoming phases as it develops. Below is the MINIMUM safety standard requirements.

Social Distancing:

  • All persons (including employees, customers, etc.) should remain at LEAST 6 feet apart to the greatest extent possible, both inside and outside workplaces

  • Establish Procedures to guarantee employees can practice adequate social distancing

  • Provide signage for safe social distancing

  • Require face coverings or masks for all employees

Hygiene Protocol:

  • Provide hand washing capabilities throughout the workplace

  • Ensure frequent hand washing and adequate supplies

  • Frequently sanitize high touch areas, including but not limited to workstations, equipment, screens, doorknobs, restrooms throughout work site

Staffing and Operations

  • Train employees on social distancing and hygiene procedure

  • If an employee displays COVID-19-like symptoms do not report to work

  • Determine a plan for employees getting ill from COVID-19 at work, and a return-to-work plan

Cleaning and Disinfecting

  • Establish and maintain cleaning procedures specific to the business

  • If an employee is diagnosed with COVID-19, clean and disinfect the work environment

  • Frequently disinfect all common surfaces at intervals appropriate to said workplace

With the new mandatory safety standards, business must develop a strategy for how they will comply with the new regulations. Businesses do not have to submit the Covid-19 Control Plan for approval, but the plan does need to be readily available on the premise in case of an inspection or outbreak.

Please visit the additional resource below.

Massachusetts full opening report:


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