COVID-19 Resources for Employers & Workers

Welcome to the University of Washington Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (UW DEOHS) Continuing Education Program's COVID-19 resource page for employers and workers. The UW DEOHS Continuing Education Programs provide high quality environmental and occupatonal health and safety professional development training to employers and workers in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska. The UW DEOHS Continuing Education Program is also home to the Pacific Northwest OSHA Education Center, the only OSHA-authorized training center in EPA Region 10 (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska). 

During these times of uncertainty associated with the COVID-19 emergency, we are committed to connecting you with the most up-to-date and reliable resources for business continuity, resilience, and health and safety. This page will be updated as new resources and information become available. For the most current, general information about the developing situation, please bookmark the CDC, OSHA, NIOSH and WHO websites. Please click here to jump to state and county updates for those located in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska.


 

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General Guidance and Resources for Employers 

General Guidance and Resources for Workers and the General Public

Pandemic Planning

Guidance for Hospitals and Healthcare Workers

Psychological First Aid and Mental Health Resources

Cleaning, Disinfecting, and Hand Hygiene 

Personal Protective Equipment 

Sick Leave, Worker's Compensation and Unemployment

Tips, Tricks, and Resources for Remote Work and Social Distancing 

Maintaining Worker Safety During the COVID-19 Pandemic - Recorded round table discussion, CEUs available 


 

General Guidance and Resources for Employers

OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for a Pandemic

OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

CDC Resources for Businesses and Employers

US Department of Labor COVID-19 Resources

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) COVID-19 Information

FEMA Pandemic Influenza Continuity of Operations Annex Template Instructions

FEMA Pandemic Influenza Continuity of Operations Annex Template

Presidential Policy Directive 21 Critical Infastructure, Security and Resilience

FEMA Continuity Guidance

NIEHS Worker Training Program Resources for Emergency Response and Cleanup Workers/Employers

NIEHS Protecting Yourself from COVID-19 in the Workplace PDF

NIEHS Protecting Yourself from COVID-19 free Online Training 

*NEW* Agriculture COVID-19 Training Kit (WA L&I)

Protecting the Safety of Essential Services Workers - OHSU

Worksheet for Evaluating Essential Functions

Dealing with the COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Construction (WA Labor and Industries)

Center for Construction Research and Training COVID-19 Resources

Washington State Department of Labor and Industries

Alaska Occupational Safety and Health (AKOSH)

OHSU's 4 Key Strategies to Help Supervisors Support Employee Well-being During COVID-19

OHSU Workplace Resources for COVID-19

Safety Tips for Janitors - WA State Labor and Industries

Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center COVID-19 Resources 

UW Environmental Health and Safety Resource Page

Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention in Agriculture - Washington State Department of Labor and Industries 

COVID-19 Information for Dairy and Agriculture Workers - San Diego State University and University of Idaho Extension (Spanish, with English subtitles)

 

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General Guidance and Resources for Workers and the General Public 

CDC COVID-19 Website

CDC Resources for Households 

Infectious Disease Society COVID-19 Resource Center

World Health Organization COVID-19 Website

When Telecommuting isn't an Option - advice for workers and employers from UW DEOHS experts

Coronavirus Myth-busting videos (available in 5 languages, including English)

NY Times - Getting the Facts Straight at Coronavirus

NIEHS Protecting Yourself from COVID-19 in the Workplace PDF

NIEHS Protecting Yourself from COVID-19 in the Workplace Free Online Training

Oregon Health & Science University Resource Page

Safety Tips for Janitors - WA State Labor and Industries

Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center Resources

COVID-19 Information for Dairy and Agriculture Workers - San Diego State University and University of Idaho Extension (Spanish, with English subtitles)

IHME COVID-19 Infection and Fatality Projections

Protecting Gorcery Store Workers - Washington State Deparment of Labor and Industries

WORKER SAFETY & HEALTH DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC: RIGHTS & RESOURCES - National Employment Law Project

Implementation of Socia Distancing - Washington State Department of Labor and Industries 

UW Environmental Health and Safety Resource Page 

Agriculture COVID-19 Training Kit (WA L&I)

 

Region 10 Public Health Websites:

Washington:

Washington State Department of Health

Seattle King County Public Health

Spokane Regional Health Authority 

Washington State Department of Labor and Industries 

Oregon:

Oregon Health Authority

Multnomah County Public Health

Idaho:

Idaho Department of Health and Welfare

Idaho Central District Health

Alaska:

Alaska Department of Health and Social Services

Anchorage Health Department

Alaska Occupational Safety and Health (AKOSH)

 

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Pandemic Planning

Much of our current response is based on planning that has been done for pandemic flu. Pertinent Pandemic Plans for residents of Region 10 include:

World Health Organization Pandemic Planning

National Pandemic Strategy Website (CDC)

National Pandemic Influenza Plan (CDC)

National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza (CDC)

Updated Preparedness and Response Framework for Pandemic Influenza (CDC)

Washington State Pandemic Planning

Oregon Pandemic Flu Plan

Alaska Pandemic Flu Plan

Idaho Pandemic Response

 

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Guidance for Hospitals and Healthcare Workers

OSHA Pandemic Influenza Preparedness and Response Guidance for Healthcare Workers and Healthcare Employers 

American Medical Association (AMA) COVID-19 Website

AMA Quick Guide for Physicians and Practices Expediting the Implementation of Telemedicine

CDC Update and Information for Long-Term Care Facilities (Webinar Recording, March 17, 2020)

CDC COVID-19 FAQ for Healthcare Professionals

Washington State Labor and Industries Respiratory Protection Fact Sheet for Nursing, Rest Homes, and Long-term Care Facilities

JAMA Network Interview with NIAID Director Anthony Fauci, MD - Coronavirus (COVID-19) Mitigation: Preparing Hospitals and Health Systems

CDC Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity Calls and Webinars

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Burn Rate Calculator (CDC)

How University of Washington Medicine Coronavirus Unit is Keeping Patients and Staff Safe - The Today Show

 

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Psychological First Aid and Mental Health Resources

National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) Psychological First Aid Website

NCTSN Psychological First Aid Online Course

World Health Organization Psychological First Aid Guide

VA Psychological First Aid Manual

CDC - Managing Stress and Anxiety over COVID-19

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention - Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty 

What to do if You're Feel Anxious About the Coronavirus 

A variety of apps and online services are available for those struggling with anxiety and depression during the COVID-19 outbreak. While we cannot recommend specific services, any individual experiencing depression or anxiety is encouraged to explore their options. Popular services inlcude BetterHelp and Talkspace for remote access to therapists (including options to text with a therapist), and apps like Calm and Headspace for anxiety relief and sleep help. 

 

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Cleaning, Disinfecting, and Hand Hygiene

*NEWLY RELEASED* - Safer Cleaning, Sanitizing and Disinfecting Strategies to Reduce and Prevent COVID-19 Transmission Fact Sheet 

Download the fact sheet in SPANISH

EPA List of Registered Disinfectants

CDC Cleaning and Disinfecting Recommendations for Households

CDC Cleaning and Disinfecting Recommendations for Community Facilities

CDC Proper Handwashing

CDC Disinfecting Your Home if Someone is Sick

Non-Chemical Ways to Reduce the Spread of Infectious Disease 

Responsible Purchasing Network Safer Disinfectant's on EPA's List of Recommended Antimicrobial Products for Use Against Novel Human Coronavirus

EPA Safer Choice Website

Microfiber Cleaning Products

Green Seal Website

Ecologo

Informed Green Solutions

Informed Green Solutions National Education Association's Fact Sheets

Green Schools Initiative 

Greening at the Grass Roots: Green Cleaning (AFT)

Washington State Department of Health Classroom Cleaning Tips for Teachers

 

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Personal Protective Equipment

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) must be selected to protect workers from identified potential hazards. Employers who provide PPE to employees must follow OSHA rules, including conducting a PPE hazard assessment, providing and paying for PPE, and training employees. PPE that may be contaminated must be carefully removed and disposed of to prevent contamination of skin.

OSHA PPE Standard

Washington State Department of Labor and Industries PPE Website

Washington State PPE Standard

Oregon PPE Topic Page

Beaking Method of Glove Removal (Video)

 

Respiratory Protection:

OSHA Respiratory Protection Standard

Washington State Respiratory Protection Standard

Washington State Department of Labor and Industries - COVID-19 Review of Respiratory Protection for Workers

OSHA Small Entity Compliance Guide for Respiratory Protection Standard

3M Technical Bulletin Disinfection of Filtering Facepiece Respirators

COVID-19 Respiratory Protection Webinar Series - North Carolina Occupational Safety and Health Education and Resource Center

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Burn Rate Calculator (CDC)

CDC Recommendations for Respirator Decontamination

UW DEOHS Field Research and Consultation Group Respirator Fit Testing Video

CAN A MASK PROTECT ME? PUTTING HOMEMADE MASKS IN THE HIERARCHY OF CONTROLS - Johns Hopkins

Respirator Fit Testing Using Sweet and/or Bitter Solutions by Dr. McKay, University of Cincinnati

Study of Effectiveness of Cloth Masks 

Effects of Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation (UVGI) on N95 Respirator Filtration Performance and Structural Integrity

Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation of Influenza-Contaminated N95 Filtering Facepiece Respirators

Approved N95 Particulate Filtering Facepiece Respirators (NIOSH)

The Need for Fit Testing During Emerging Infectious Disease Outbreaks - NIOSH Blog

Check to see if your respirator has been certified by NIOSH: https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/npptl/topics/respirators/cel/default.html

Information on Counterfeit Respirators

Notice About Counterfeit N95 Respirators

Check to see if your 3M is a conterfiet: https://www.3m.com/3M/en_US/worker-health-safety-us/3m-safeguard/

Use of Respirators that are Past Their Expiration Date During a Pandemic (CDC)

Respirators and Surgical Masks (CDC/NIOSH)

Understanding the Difference Infographic (Surgical mask vs. N95)

 

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Sick Leave, Worker's Compensation and Unemployment 

Washington State Worker's Compensation

Washington State Sick Leave

WORKER SAFETY & HEALTH DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC: RIGHTS & RESOURCES - National Employment Law Project

Resources for Unemployment due to COVID-19:

Washington

Oregon

Idaho

Alaska

 

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Tips, Tricks, and Resources for Remote Work and Social Distancing

Talking to Children about COVID-19

Good Kids Facebook Page - Seattle middle schooler has started a Facebook page to coordinate babysitters for parents who need childcare while schools are closed.

23 Essential Tips for Working Remotely 

Tips for Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation During an Infectious Disease Outbreak

American Psychological Association - Keeping Your Distance to Stay Safe

The Extrovert's Guide to Social Distancing 

What Can We Do? OHSU distinguishes between social and physical distancing

Greater Good Guide to Well Being During Coronavirus - UC Berkeley

OHSU's 4 Key Strategies to Help Supervisors Support Employee Well-being During COVID-19

Implementation of Socia Distancing - Washington State Department of Labor and Industries

 

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Maintaining Worker Safety During the COVID-19 Pandemic 

This live round table discussion was held on March 20, 2020, hosted by the University of Washington Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Continuing Education Programs. Participants submitted questions for the expert panel prior to the live event. Click here to read biosketeches for the panel of experts featured in this recording.

CEUs are available to those who listen to the full session recording. In order to receive a certificate of completion, you must fill out the session evaluation survey

 

TO RECEIVE CEUs FOR WATCHING FULL SESSION CLICK HERE

 

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