Pandemic Preparedness Safety Plan

The pandemic continues to bring challenges for every business. OECS is there to help you put together a COVID-19 Plan that meets your state’s requirements.  We’ll help you navigate these challenging times, sharing best practices we’ve learned across hundreds of businesses that could improve your safety and productivity, and guiding you on how to handle the COVID-related impacts to your worker’s comp premiums. We’re here to help you protect the health and safety of your employees and business.

Latest CDC Update

New CDC guidelines state: “Fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance”. Learn More Here

The CDC considers people fully vaccinated when it has been 2 weeks after their second dose of the 2-dose Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or 2 weeks after the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Due to these new recommendations and the May 13 announcement by Governor Waltz to end Minnesota’s statewide face-covering requirement, businesses have the ability to either lift or continue to enforce the requirement of wearing face coverings. However, the CDC and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) continue to urge individuals who have not been vaccinated to wear face coverings in indoor public spaces.

Even with these changes, COVID-19 requirements are still in effect even though the mask mandate has been rescinded. See the specifics here. Effective May 28th the main requirements for all businesses (indoor and outdoor) are:

  • Written COVID-19 Preparedness Plan
  • Health screening, isolation, and quarantine protocols
  • Hand hygiene practices
  • Cleaning and disinfecting
  • Building ventilation

Further, the National Safety Council (NSC) is encouraging employers to support vaccination efforts as the best method for returning to a safe and productive work environment free from masks and social distancing, see SAFER (Safe Actions for Employee Returns) Framework.

COVID-19 Safety Preparedness Plan

Given guidance by OSHA and the CDC to prevent workplace exposure to COVID-19, manufacturers and construction companies, as well as many other businesses, will need to create and implement a safety preparedness plan to protect employees through the crisis.

Whether you’re open or looking to re-open safely, this plan will help you mitigate risks in the workplace and prevent the virus from becoming an occupational hazard.

To help create clarity around what is required, OECS has created a COVID-19 Safety Preparedness Plan which includes 4 key components:

  • Informative COVID-19 Presentation
  • Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response Plan with Checklist
  • OECS COVID-19 Safety Associate Policy for Facility or Job Site Entry
  • Updated OECS COVID-19 Toolbox Talk with Training Roster


While we are guiding our clients through this process, we are also extending a special offer to anyone who needs help completing their Safety Preparedness Plan.

Please reach out (763-417-9599) to schedule a conversation about how to utilize these critical tools.  By using Zoom or other forms of virtual meeting technology, we have the ability to help during this crisis and are willing to offer 2 hours of professional safety assistance free of charge.


Just a reminder, as you work through creating and implementing your Safety Preparedness Plan, it’s essential to stay focused on your standard workplace safety policies and procedures.  A loss of focus could result in an avoidable injury at the worst possible time.

Stay focused on safety and let us know how we can help!

Videos and Webinars

OECS COVID-19 Action Plan for Business (6/25/2020)

OECS The Business Case for Safety Webinar (May 13, 2020)

COVID-19 Prevention and Response


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Contact OECS for timely and professional solutions to workplace safety questions, issues, hazards, or concerns. Our safety consultants are available 24/7 to ensure your safety needs are met.

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