ReturnSafe Return to Work Newsletter – August 24, 2021

ReturnSafe Return to Work Newsletter – August 24, 2021

News and Updates

Best practices for COVID-19 safety protocols have become clear over the last few weeks. Vaccine tracking and weekly testing are the new standard. This is reflected in OSHA and the CDC’s new guidance as well as federal agencies, state governments, and large businesses new requirements for employees returning to the workplace.

Our team is happy to help as you navigate changing state, local, and federal guidelines and put together your own policies and workflows.

New Guidance

Responding to OSHA and the CDC’s New Recommendations

Due to the rise of the Delta variant OSHA and the CDC have updated their safety recommendations to keep employees safe.
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Did you know?

We released new vaccine reporting enhancements

For Administrators

Administrators can now verify employee vaccination records directly from the portal.

Vaccine Verification

For Employees

We also have a new employee app feature available for customers to adopt. The feature allows employees to update their vaccine status in a separate tab on the app, outside of the screening flow.ReturnSafe Vaccine Update Tab


Customer Stories

Flynn Story

How Flynn Group of Companies maintains safe operations

Find out how Flynn Group of Companies prevented COVID-19 outbreaks and resulting shutdowns by utilizing ReturnSafe’s screening platform.
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Responding to OSHA and the CDC’s New Recommendations

Responding to OSHA and the CDC’s New Recommendations

OSHA Guidance

OSHA recently updated their recommendations to help employers protect workers. In their guidance, they encourage employers to develop vaccine incentives and/or policies to require employees get vaccinated or be tested regularly.

Like the CDC, they encourage fully vaccinated individuals to wear a mask in areas of substantial or high transmission and “regardless of level of transmission, particularly if individuals are at risk or have someone in their household who is at increased risk of severe disease or not fully vaccinated.” If a vaccinated individual is exposed to someone with COVID-19 they recommend getting tested within 3-5 days and wearing a mask for 14 days or until the individual gets a negative test result.

CDC Guidance

With the rise of the Delta variant across the country the CDC now recommends that fully vaccinated individuals wear a mask indoors in public if they are in an area of substantial or high transmission. This reverses their earlier guidance permitting those fully vaccinated to bypass wearing masks.

Individuals may also want to wear a mask regardless of local transmission levels if they or someone in their household have:

  • a weakened immune system
  • an underlying medical condition
  • a higher risk of severe COVID-19 because of their age
  • not yet been vaccinated

ReturnSafe’s Guidance

We agree with OSHA and the CDC’s new guidance especially with the rise in cases and fatalities due to the Delta variant.

Vaccine tracking and testing are the new standard to ensure safety at the workplace. Federal agencies, state governments, and large businesses have already started implementing these requirements for their employees.

Although those who are unvaccinated are at higher risk, breakthrough cases are still possible. Fully vaccinated individuals should continue to wear masks and screen for COVID-19 symptoms and stay home and get tested if they are symptomatic. If they test positive they should follow isolation procedure and stay home for 10 days per the CDC guidelines.

 

Learn more about the upcoming OSHA vaccine mandate by visiting Vaccine Management.