You are an important member of our community, vital to our survival. And because of this, you have to expose yourself to COVID-19 by working outside of your home every single day. How can you protect yourself from this dangerous illness? Here are some references and important contacts for ensuring you safely navigate coronavirus and your workplace.
1. Is your business really “essential”?
Many workplaces are pleading with the authorities to be identified as “essential” in order to keep their doors open during this unstable time. However, not all of those businesses are truly essential. Also, non-essential businesses have been defying state and local closure orders, putting those around them at risk. If you see a non-essential business still in operation, call the local authorities. In many towns, the authorities are asking you to call 311 immediately to report any business not following proper closure protocols.
2. Is your workplace safe?
Do you feel safe in your workplace? Do you feel that your employer is taking the necessary steps to protect you and your coworkers from transmission of the virus? We have received many inquiries about the standards for workplace safety with regards to COVID-19. Coronavirus and your workplace come head to head when you are employed by an essential business. The first place to go with questions about workplace standards related to COVID-19 is here at the OSHA standards site. Check this site the second you have concerns. Make sure your workplace is taking the necessary steps to keep you safe and to prevent you from bringing the virus home to your loved ones.
3. Is your workplace ignoring the standards?
Even when armed with all of the necessary information, you may still be trapped in a situation where you must go to work but still feel unsafe. You are not alone. In Colorado, the Attorney General’s Office has asked that you contact them immediately to report violations, whether in your own workplace or in a business nearby. You can email them today at firstname.lastname@example.org. In Tennessee and Kentucky, or other surrounding states, the authorities have asked that you report violations to your local public health agencies. For Tennessee violations, click here for assistance. Kentucky residents can click here.
4. Contact an Attorney.
If after all of the above has failed and you have sustained an illness or injury that was preventable, you may be in need of advice from an attorney for how to proceed. Our office is here to help. We can consult with you and find the right team to assist you in your recovery. Please remember that you are not alone. We are open, answering our phones, monitoring our emails and social media inboxes, and doing everything we can to be here for your needs.