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Nelson Mullins COVID-19 Resources

Nelson Mullins is continuing to monitor developments related to COVID-19, including guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and various federal, state, and local government authorities. The firm is taking appropriate precautionary actions and has implemented plans to ensure the continuation of all firm services to clients from both in office and remote work arrangements across our 25 offices. 

In addition, click the link below to access extensive resources to address a wide variety of topics resulting from the virus, in general and by industry,  including topics such as essential businesses, force majeure, business interruption insurance, CARES Act and FFCRA, and others. 

Nelson Mullins COVID-19 Resources

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OnePoint Alert

May 29, 2020

CDC Issues COVID-19 Employer Information for Office Buildings

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued new guidance regarding workers in office buildings that may be at risk for exposure to the COVID-19 virus. The guidance addresses steps that office building employers, building owners and managers, and building operations specialists can take to provide a more safe and healthy workplace and protect workers and clients.

Items addressed in this guidance include:

  • Creating a COVID-19 workplace health and safety plan.
  • Checking the building to verify that it is ready for occupancy.
  • Ensuring that ventilation systems are operating properly.
  • Increasing circulation of outdoor air as much as reasonably possible.
  • Evaluating the building and its mechanical and life safety systems to determine if the building is ready for occupancy.
  • Identifying where and how workers might be exposed to COVID-19 at work.
  • Conducting a thorough hazard assessment of the workplace to identify potential workplace hazards that could increase risks for COVID-19 transmission.
  • Identifying work and common areas where employees could have close contact (within 6 feet) with others — for example meeting rooms, break rooms, the cafeteria, locker rooms, check-in areas, waiting areas, and routes of entry and exit.
  • Including all employees in the workplace in communication plans — for example management, staff, utility employees, relief employees, janitorial staff, maintenance staff, and supervisory staff.
  • Developing plans to communicate with any contractors employed in the workplace, regarding modifications to work processes and requirements for the contractors to prevent transmission of COVID-19.
  • Developing hazard controls using the hierarchy of controls to reduce transmission among workers, including a combination of engineering controls, administrative controls, and educational measures. Recommended considerations and controls are included in the guidance.

The guidance references other sources for more information:

  • CDC Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers (COVID-19)
  • CDC General Business Frequently Asked Questions
  • NIOSH COVID-19 Workplace Safety and Health Topic
  • CDC COVID-19
  • OSHA Guidelines on Preparing Workplaces for COVID
  • AIHA Reopening: Guidance for General Office Settings
  • Building Owners & Managers Association International (BOMA): Getting Back to Work: Preparing Buildings for Re-Entry Amid COVID-19
  • CDCINFO: 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636) | TTY: 1-888-232-6348 | website: cdc.gov/info

Those providing office-place employment settings will want to consider this guidance in their continuing efforts to address COVID-19.