Companies large and small have started reopening and welcoming back employees on-site. Chances are you’ve reopened, will soon reopen, or are going to see even more employees return to location(s).

The CDC offers great guidelines to help businesses reopen, yet they aren’t specific to your company; they can’t be, after all, since each business has different needs and concerns.


Examples of Great Back-to-Work Safety Plans Can Help

We’ve done a bit of digging to find top-line plans, plans that truly help their employees (and visitors, if applicable) stay safe.

Here are the highlights of three plans we’ve found.



The electric vehicle manufacturer and self-described “clean energy company,” was one of the first companies in the U.S. to reopen (May 11), with owner Elon Musk going so far as to sue Alameda County in California while threatening to move the company to Texas if the county  didn’t give him permission. (He did, in fact, open the plant without the county’s OK.)

Considering the internationally renowned entrepreneur’s reputation as an exacting maverick, it’s no surprise that the company uploaded its “Return to Work Playbook” to the internet for all to see (and admire).

The 38-page and highly-detailed playbook states right up front that it’s following Centers for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), Occupational Health and Safety Act (OSHA) and “other regional health guidance.” 

What makes the plan great:

  • The company established a cross-functional crisis management team “early in the process.”
  • It implemented a six-step “Return/Resume Operations Plan.”
  • It required employees to watch a safety training video that workers had “to complete to prepare them for what to expect” when they returned.
  • Some quick standouts: 
    • The company makes a point of discouraging group meetings: “Don’t host large gatherings or meetings.”
    • Employees are encouraged to “minimize carpool and public transport.”
    • Non-disposable face coverings and eye protections “should be cleaned daily.”

Read the plan yourself: it is detailed. 


New York Forward: Reopening New York

New York State overall and New York City in particular were the epicenter early in the country’s COVID-19 outbreak, with 404,000 confirmed cases and about 32,000 deaths in the entire state (as of early July), with more  than half (222,000) of the cases and about 22,700 deaths in NYC alone.

As of this writing, the city and state are well on their way in their reopening efforts and have made massive strides in controlling the virus. 

We therefore think its back-to-work safety plans/reopening guidelines definitely are worth a look. 


Kaiser Permanente

The managed care consortium operates more than 39 hospitals in eight states, more than 700 medical offices and employs more than 300,000 people, including 80,000-plus physicians and nurses. 

To say it’s huge doesn’t do it justice. As such its COVID-19 back-to-work safety plan (also a “playbook”) is 98-pages of detailed guidelines and advice to help its hospitals and medical practices provide health and wellness services to their patients safely.

A few highlights:

  • In addition to on-site safety precaution guidelines for staff and patients, the playbook also discusses how to help with mental health issues that will impact employees.
  • Discusses the “impact of COVID-19 on the social drivers of health” and how to mitigate the pandemic’s adverse effects on both employees and patients.
  • Encourage those making their way through the re-opening process to keep an eye on guidance from federal agencies, of a location’s particular state’s department of health, as well as on a facility’s county/city reopening orders, which could be more or less restrictive than the state’s or country’s.


One Thing That All Back-to-work Safety Plans Should Include: Regular Employee Testing for COVID-19

Many people show no symptoms of the disease caused by the coronavirus, COVID-19. Even if they eventually do, people can spread the virus to others days before they ever show any symptoms.

That’s why it’s absolutely critical that businesses ensure that employees who have the virus quarantine at home for at least 14 days.

Many companies are using employee health questionnaires and infrared thermometers to screen for the virus, but such screening tools aren’t robust enough.


NDS Wellness can provide on-site COVID-19 testing of your employees via our on-site mobile units. Doing so helps your employees and visitors/customers know that your business remains virus-free while also alerting infected, but asymptomatic workers of their infection, helping them then self-isolate to keep their family and friends, as well as their co-workers, safe.

Learn more about our complete spectrum of on-site, mobile COVID-19 testing services.