1) Send home all employees who worked closely with that employee for 14 days to ensure the infection does not spread. Ask the employee to identify all individuals who worked within 6 feet of them in the last 14 days to get a list of those to send home. Do not identify the infected employee to avoid a possible violation of confidentiality laws. If you share a building, inform building management so they can take precautions.
2) With some exceptions, e.g. healthcare businesses, the CDC recommends to close off areas used by the sick persons and wait as long as practical (up to 24 hours if possible) before beginning cleaning and disinfecting. Open outside doors and windows to increase air circulation. If possible, wait up to 24 hours before cleaning and disinfecting.
Follow EPA Guidelines for Cleaning and Disinfecting for Coronavirus:
3) Develop policies for worker protection and provide training to cleaning staff on site prior to providing cleaning tasks. Be sure to include in the training (a) when to use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), (b) necessary PPE, (c) how to properly put on, use and remove PPE, and (d) how to properly dispose of PPE.
4) If you require gloves or masks or other PPE, prepare a simple Job Safety Analysis (JSA): list the hazards and the PPE (gloves, masks, etc., and have the person who writes the JSA sign and date it.
5) If using cleaners other than household cleaners more often than an employee would normally use at home, employers must ensure workers are trained on the hazards of the cleaning chemicals in use and maintain a written program in compliance with OSHA’s Hazard Communication standard (29 CFR 1910.1200). Download the manufacturer’s Safety Data Sheet (SDS) and share you’re your employees. Ensure your cleaning agents are on your list of workplace chemicals used as part of the Hazard
Communication Program. See sample Hazard Communication Program below.