The links below offer specific, easy-to-follow, science-based recommendations for limiting the transmission of the coronavirus while operating a wide variety of businesses, including restaurants, retail outlets, and hair and nail salons.
These guidelines were developed for those smaller businesses that don't have readily available occupational health and safety resources. We encourage employers, employees, and customers to carefully read and implement as many of the recommendations contained in the guidance document provided for your industry as possible.
These resources are free and available to all. Please share them. Together, we can go back to work safely!
Additional Resources from AIHA
Recovering from COVID-19 Building Closures
While the country comes to terms with the inevitable impact that SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, will have on our lives and communities, public health authorities remain focused on breaking the chain of transmission. Managing the risk has resulted in widespread closures of businesses, schools, universities, resorts, and other facilities deemed “non-essential.” Practically speaking, this means closing buildings and ceasing operations.
Workplace Cleaning for COVID-19
Critical and essential workplaces operating during this pandemic need to implement procedures to reduce the risk of workers, contractors, vendors, customers, and members of the community becoming infected on their premises.
Personal Protective Equipment for SARS-CoV-2
When hazardous agents in the workplace cannot be controlled by elimination, isolation, ventilation, administrative controls, or another better means, then Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is used as a last resort to protect workers. This fact sheet is useful for workers who may be expected to be in contact with known or potentially contagious clients or members of the public during their jobs. Read more.
Use of Real Time Detection Systems to Protect the Public During COVID-19
AIHA’s Real Time Detection Systems (RTDS) Committee has prepared some considerations where instrumentation and data could support the protection of public and occupational health during this pandemic event. The committee encourages occupational health and safety science professionals to consider these recommendations while working to advance technology and data during the crisis, as well as to prepare businesses for people to return to work. Read more.
Proper Use of Respirators for Healthcare Workers and First Responders
Respirators are imperative for healthcare workers and first responders to prevent the spread of COVID-19, but they only work if they are used properly. Review these tips to remain health and safe. Read more.
America’s Workplace Health and Safety Experts
The recommendations here are made by America's workplace health and safety (OHS) experts, the industrial hygienists of the American Industrial Hygiene Association. For more than 80 years, AIHA has been helping industries around the world protect workers from short and long-term illness and injury on the job.
What is an Occupational Health and Safety Expert?
Occupational Health and Safety experts are scientists and engineers committed to protecting the health and safety of people where they work: the often “invisible heroes” of workers around the world. What is historically known as Industrial Hygiene (IH), OHS experts practice the science of anticipating, recognizing, evaluating, and controlling environmental factors in the workplace to prevent illness and injury for workers and their communities.
AIHA extends the most sincere gratitude to the dedicated members of AIHA’s COVID-19 Re-Open America Guidelines Task Force who worked tirelessly to develop these documents in record-time with the goal of helping people stay healthy when re-opening after the COVID-19 pandemic (in alphabetical order):
- Hamid Arabzadeh, CIH, CSP, CHMM, FAIHA
- David Beatty, MPH, CSP, CCEP
- Corey Boles, PhD
- Elizabeth Bussman, CIH
- Mark Drozdov, MS, SSM, FSM, BSI, RSO, CAI, CMA, GPRO
- Carter Ficklen, CIH, CSP
- Alan Fleeger, CIH, CSP, FAIHA
- Bernard L. Fontaine, Jr., CIH, CSP, FAIHA
- Shannon Gaffney, PhD, MHS, CIH
- Thomas G. Grumbles, CIH, FAIHA
- John Henshaw, MPH, CIH, FAIHA
- Dana Hollins, MPH, CIH
- Catherine Hovde, CIH, CSP
- Neva Jacobs, MSPH, CIH
- Perry Logan, PhD, CIH
- Heather Lynch, MPH
- Eric Miller, MPH, CIH
- Amber Hogan Mitchell, DrPH, MPH, CPH
- Justine Parker, CIH, CSP, CHMM, CPH
- Jennifer S. Pierce, MS, PhD
- Aaron Schoemaker, CSP
- Jack Springston, CIH, CSP, FAIHA
- Ken Unice, MS
- Rachel Zisook MS, CIH
- Matt Zock, CIH
Special thanks to AIHA President, Lindsay Cook, CIH, CSP, FAIHA and immediate Past President, Kathleen Murphy, CIH for approving the assembly of this crucial task force.
Spanish translation of the guidance documents were done courtesy of David S. Rodríguez Marín, PCHI, with assistance from Veronica Rodríguez.
AIHA is not legally responsible and shall be held harmless from all claims, causes of action, and demands, whatsoever, any third party may incur on account of damage, loss or injury resulting from adhering to these guidelines.
These guidance documents were primarily developed for those smaller business that don't have readily available occupational health and safety resources, and designed to help business owners, employers, employees and consumers implement science-backed procedures for limiting the spread of the coronavirus. They are subject to any local, state, or federal directives, laws, or orders about operating a business and should only be used if they do not conflict with any such orders. These documents are subject to revision and shall be updated accordingly.