Responsibly reopen the Buckeye State and bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic by complying with safety protocols
Governor Mike DeWine announced at the end of April that the reopening of the State of Ohio called “Responsible Restart” will begin in May. Responsible restart intends to strategically reopen businesses and lift some restrictions imposed following an executive order issued in March declaring a state of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The State of Ohio in the COVID-19 Pandemic
To help mitigate the spread of the disease, Governor DeWine issued a stay-at-home order calling upon Ohioans to stay indoors unless there is a need to go out and perform essential activities. The stay-at-home order was in effect state-wide until May 29. High-risk individuals such as the elderly and those with preexisting medical conditions were urged to limit the time spent outdoors to minimize possible exposure to COVID-19. Businesses were closed, except for those deemed essential, and safety protocols were implemented such as social distancing of 6 feet and wearing face coverings to help contain the spread of the disease.
Travel restrictions were lifted in Ohio but individuals diagnosed or showing symptoms of COVID-19 are restricted from entering the state.
As of writing, Ohio has more than 43,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and the total number of casualties in the state reached 2,633. The reported daily cases had shown a favorable trend since May but that changed on June 17 when there was a sudden spike to 700 confirmed cases in one day.
Reopening the Buckeye State
Ohio is the seventh biggest economy in the United States and, with more than 15% of Ohioans working in the manufacturing industry, the state allowed the reopening of the manufacturing sector effective May 4. Offices were also allowed to operate but employees are encouraged to work from home when possible. Businesses in sectors such as construction, retail, child care, and others were also allowed to reopen at different scheduled dates in May.
State-Wide Safety Protocols
Ohio allowed businesses to reopen provided they comply with safety protocols that include social distancing, face coverings for employees and customers, respiratory etiquette, cleaning and sanitizing of frequently touched surfaces, and proper hand hygiene, among others.
Complying with State-Mandated Safety Protocols
The government recognizes both the economic need to reopen businesses and have workers report back to work as well as the importance of keeping the public safe from the spread of the disease and keeping the COVID-19 pandemic under control. Reopening businesses and requiring employers to reinforce compliance with safety protocols in the workplace is one way to help meet these important needs.
Powerful Tool for Implementing and Reinforcing Safety Protocols
Knowing which protocols to follow and making sure that they are implemented in the workplace can help businesses in Ohio stay open and keep employees and customers safe during the pandemic. iAuditor by SafetyCulture is a powerful safety inspection software that provides access to a collection of free inspection checklists created based on safety protocols and best practices that can help businesses in Ohio stay compliant. Employers and managers can use iAuditor for free and utilize the checklists made available for your business.
Please note that these checklists, while created with the latest best practices available, provide basic information only and are not intended to take the place of medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. You should also seek your own professional advice to determine if the use of such checklists are permissible in your workplace or jurisdiction.
Ohio Reopening Checklists
Ohio Checklist for Businesses/Employers (COVID-19)
Employers and owners of businesses that are reopening in the State of Ohio can use this general guidance to stay compliant with safety protocols and help employees and customers stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. This checklist is created based on the COVID-19 Information and Checklist for Businesses/Employers.
Ohio Checklist: Essential Workers Potentially Exposed To COVID-19
Employers can use this checklist to help essential workers who were potentially exposed to COVID-19 and promote safety in the workplace. This template is based on Checklist: Essential Workers Potentially Exposed To COVID-19.
Ohio Checklist for Mass Transit and Other Transportation Providers (COVID-19)
Transit and transportation providers in the State of Ohio can use the information contained on this checklist to help comply with the directive of the Ohio Department of Health. Source: COVID-19 Checklist for Mass Transit and Other Transportation Providers. iAuditor checklists can be used on mobile devices for your convenience.
Ohio Checklist for Residential Landlords (COVID-19)
Landlords and managers of residential facilities can check their business’ compliance with safety protocols provided by the Ohio Department of Health. This checklist is based on the COVID-19 Checklist for Residential Landlords.
Work From Home Self-Assessment (COVID-19)
Due to the ongoing impact of coronavirus, employees may be encouraged to work from home. Employees working from home can use this checklist to assess the suitability of their home office workspace. This checklist assesses personal health and wellbeing, lone worker considerations, and workspace safety.
Daily Cleaning and Personal Hygiene Inspection (COVID-19)
This daily cleaning and personal hygiene inspection template can help managers conduct cleaning inspections to check if CDC guidelines are being followed. You can also use this template to assess if the different areas in the establishment are presentable, organized, and sanitized using EPA-approved cleaning agents.
Legionella Risk Assessment Checklist
Use this Legionella risk assessment form to assess facilities in Ohio that were shut down. Check if cold and hot water temperatures are maintained properly. Inspect the HVAC and water systems to ensure that they are clean and disinfected to avoid another potential health threat after being shut down.
Temperature Log Monitoring Sheet
Should your business in Ohio find the need to check employee or visitor temperatures, you can use this temperature monitoring log sheet to record as many temperature checks as needed. This temperature log sheet recognizes 100.3° F as the threshold and prompts a visual cue for 100.4° F and above temperature readings.