From:†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Wittmer, Brent R (DOA) on behalf of Tshibaka, Kelly C (DOA)

Sent:†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Thursday, March 5, 2020 2:42 PM

To:††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† DOA Supervisory BU

Subject:†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Workplace Hygiene and Coronavirus Prevention

 

From the commissionerís Desk

From the Commissioner's Corner

 

 

Workplace Hygiene and

Coronavirus (COVID-19)Prevention

Dear DOA Supervisors,

As the State continues to monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, there are some simple, practical measures we can all take to prevent the spread illness in the workplace and as supervisors you play an important role in employing the following best practices and encouraging your staff to do the same. To be clear, there is currently no evidence that COVID-19 is spreading in Alaska. However, should it come to Alaska, these measures can help prevent the virus from spreading.

 

First, as supervisors, it is important that you encourage sick employees to stay home. This is a simple and effective first step to preventing the spread of illness at work and should always be in practice. Employees who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness are recommended to stay home and not come to work until they are free of fever (100.4 degrees F [37.8 degrees C] or greater using an oral thermometer), signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressant).

 

Second, it is important that you emphasize and exemplify good hygiene practices and encourage your staff to do the same. The following are important practices to follow and share with your team.

  • Wash your hands frequently, ideally with soap and warm water. Watch a World Health Organization video on best hand washing practices.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Provide disinfectant wipes for employees to clean their personal workspace and common areas.
  • Provide hand sanitizer for the use of employees and members of the public that may visit your office.
  • Provide tissues for an employee who is exhibiting symptoms of the flu to cover coughs and sneezes while exiting the workplace.

 

Finally, it may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes. We do not know how long this novel coronavirus can live on surfaces, so it is important to clean frequently touched surfaces (e.g., desktops, door handles, cell phones, countertops) with standard household disinfectants such as Lysol, Clorox wipes, or hydrogen peroxide.

 

If you need additional hygiene, disinfectant, and sanitization supplies please follow your regular procurement process. For more information and resources for State employees, please visit http://doa.alaska.gov/dop/directorsOffice/covid19/.

 

Thanks,

 

Kelly Tshibaka

Commissioner

Department of Administration

 

State of Alaska