Texas HHS Issues Minimum Recommended Health Protocols as Phase One of the Texas Re-Opening Commences this Week
In response to the executive order, the Texas Health and Human Services (“HHS”) released minimum recommended health protocols for employers in Texas to help mitigate the further spread of COVID-19 in workplaces that will re-open on May 1st. Here are the highlights of the minimum health protocols:
1. Train employees on appropriate cleaning and disinfection, hand hygiene, and respiratory etiquette;
2. Screen employees before coming into the workplace and send home any employee that exhibits new or worsening symptoms of COVID-19;
3. Do not allow employees who were diagnosed with COVID-19 to return to the workplace until at least 3 days have passed since recovery, the employee has improvement in respiratory symptoms, and at least 7 days have passed since symptoms first appeared;
4. Have employees wash and sanitize their hands upon entering the workplace;
5. Require that employees maintain at least 6 feet distance from each other;
6. Consider requiring employees to wear face coverings in the workplace;
7. Regularly and frequently clean and disinfect surfaces regularly touched, such as doorknobs, tables, chairs, and restrooms; and
8. Make hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, soap and water, or similar disinfectant readily available to employees.
The minimum health protocols may be found here: https://www.dshs.state.tx.us/coronavirus/opentexas.aspx. If you have any questions about the Texas HHS’s minimum recommended health protocols, please feel free to contact Kemp Smith’s Labor and Employment Department at 915-533-4424.