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!
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 and Environmental Health and Safety Expert?
Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety (OEHS) experts are scientists and professionals 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), OEHS experts practice the science of anticipating, recognizing, evaluating, controlling and confirming 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
- Melanie D. Nembhard MSPH, CIH
- 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 was done courtesy of David S. Rodríguez Marín, PCHI, with assistance from Veronica Rodríguez.
AIHA wishes to thank Jason Lang, CSP, CIH, and Frank Pagone, PhD, and staff of RHP Risk Management for their efforts as technical editors providing uniformity of the industry-specific Back to Work Safely guidelines for businesses and consumers.
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 businesses that don't have readily available occupational and environmental 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 COVID-19. 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.