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If an employee shows signs of COVID-19 at your worksite, what processes and policies will you implement to protect yourself and your employees? In this lesson, we will discuss how to manage a medical emergency at work. OSHA requires you to have your procedures documented on your COVID-19 prevention plan (CPP), so make sure to review your template and write in your plans and processes. 

Pro tip: If a person displays signs and symptoms of COVID19, utilize an engineering control, such as isolating the person away from others or offering the patient a face covering. The mask will not pose a risk to their airway or breathing. 

Industry expert, Pamela Isom, will share how to apply controls and best practices in this lesson’s video. 

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Key takeaways:

If an employee in your office or at your job site has a medical emergency and displaying symptoms of COVID-19:

  1. Call 9-1-1 if the person is having signs of difficulty in breathing.
  2. Implement engineering controls while waiting for 9-1-1. 
  3. Everyone, including the sick employee, must wear face coverings. 
  4. Communicate the current symptoms of your sick employee to 9-1-1. 
  5. Insert how you will manage a medical emergency into your CPP. 


Course workbook: Complete the handling unwell staff assessment on pages 28 and 29 on your course workbook.

Review and complete the Handling Unwell Staff section on page 28 on your COVID-19 Prevention Plan Template. 

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