August 21, 2020

BTWguideCOVER.pngThe International Foodservice Distributors Association provides support and assistance to the foodservice distribution community. Never has this support been more important than during the COVID-19 pandemic. When it comes to the topic of re-opening offices, reconstituting operations and getting back to business, there is a vast amount of information available from myriad sources, collectively creating an overwhelming aggregate of guidance. This guide is intended to highlight the points that are most relevant to foodservice distributors and present them in an at-a-glance format for easy overview.

IFDA has combed through advice published by a variety of reputable sources to summarize the most important considerations. Resources covered in the guide include:

  • Workplace reopening decision tool*  
  • Addressing PPE needs
  • Prioritization of PPE, Cloth Face Coverings, Disinfec­tants, and Sanitation Supplies*  
  • Employee Health and Food Safety Pandemic Checklist+
  • Statewide face mask orders**
  • Practices for workers who may have been exposed to coronavirus
  • Protocols for workers testing positive for coronavirus  
  • When you can be around others after having COVID-19
  • Business reconstitution planning
  • OSHA standards
  • OSHA workplace preparations**
  • Social distancing guidance*
  • Cleaning and disinfecting guidance*
  • Legal risks of reopening
  • Employee health screening measures
  • State health screening requirements*
  • Privacy issues of employee screenings
  • Reopening safety precautions
  • Unique employee situations
  • EEOC guidance on COVID-19***
  • Back-to-work checklist
  • Long-term workplace changes
  • State back-to-work protocols
  • Recalling furloughed employees
  • Addressing concerns for hesitant/at-risk employees
  • Employee COVID-19 test methods
  • Restaurant reopening guide
  • Restaurant considerations for slowing coronavirus spread*

* Denotes resources added in the 5/29/20 update.
** Denotes resources added in the 6/9/20 update.
*** Denotes resources added in the 6/19/20 update.

+ Denotes resources added in the 8/20/20 update.

Regardless of where your business is located, follow the applicable emergency orders, requirements and recommendations of federal, state and local government regarding operating status and social distancing practices, which do vary by geographic location.
This document is not intended to, and does not, provide legal, tax or professional advice. It’s recommended that employers consult their professional advisers for counsel before establishing, implementing, or enforcing policies.

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