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OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

To reduce the impact of COVID-19 outbreak conditions on businesses, workers, customers, and the public, it is important for all employers to plan now for COVID-19. For employers who have already planned for influenza pandemics, planning for COVID-19 may involve updating plans to address the specific exposure risks, sources of exposure, routes of transmission, and other unique characteristics of SARS-CoV-2 (i.e., compared to pandemic influenza viruses). Employers who have not prepared for pandemic events should prepare themselves and their workers as far in advance as possible of potentially worsening outbreak conditions. Lack of continuity planning can result in a cascade of failures as employers attempt to address challenges of COVID-19 with insufficient resources and workers who might not be adequately trained for jobs they may have to perform under pandemic conditions.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) developed this COVID-19 planning guidance based on traditional infection prevention and industrial hygiene practices. It focuses on the need for employers to implement engineering, administrative, and work practice controls and personal protective equipment (PPE), as well as considerations for doing so.

This guidance is intended for planning purposes. Employers and workers should use this planning guidance to help identify risk levels in workplace settings and to determine any appropriate control measures to implement. Additional guidance may be needed as COVID-19 outbreak conditions change, including as new information about the virus, its transmission, and impacts, becomes available.

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Additional Resources:

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Crane Agency Named as Best Places to Work Finalist

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We are very proud to announce that Crane Agency has been named as a finalist by opens in a new windowSt. Louis Business Journal’s 2019 Best Places to Work.  Over 250 nominations were submitted from businesses around the St. Louis region and were divided into categories grouped by size.  Crane was included as a finalist in the “big” category, which highlighted businesses with 250-999 employees.

Participating companies and their employees completed surveys administered by Quantum Workplace, which used its own algorithm to measure communication, management structure, benefits, teamwork and several other factors at each local firm. The companies then were ranked by Quantum for measuring up as St. Louis’ most employee-friendly workplaces.  A special thank you to all Crane Agency employees who helped us make the list by completing the survey.

Crane has also been named as one of opens in a new windowSt. Louis’ Top Work Places by the is Post Dispatch two years in a row and was selected as a opens in a new window2018 Elite Agency by Insurance Business America.