Newly Available Publication Synthesizes Relevant Guidance from Multiple Federal and State Agencies
Biocom, the association representing the California life science industry, announced that it has published a guide tailored to life science companies with recommendations on how to safely return to the workplace as stay-at-home restrictions enacted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic are eased. “The Path Forward, Biocom’s Return to Work Guide for California’s Life Science Industry” is designed to assist small- and medium-sized life science companies by providing industry best practices for preparing their facilities to meet new workplace safety guidelines. These are aimed toward preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus and safely bringing employees back into the office, laboratory and manufacturing facilities.
“As we respond to the needs of our members during this unprecedented time, ‘The Path Forward’ provides expert guidance from industry leaders on ways life science companies can responsibly transition back into the workplace,” said Joe Panetta, CEO of Biocom. “While the guide does include comprehensive checklists and technical advice on return-to-work preparations, more importantly it provides recommendations on creating a culture of safety and recognizing our employees’ individual needs as they transition back to the workplace—including access to employee assistance and wellness resources.”
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Biocom assembled a task force of California life science industry professionals with expertise in environmental health and safety, human resources, operations and communications to lead this effort of aiding smaller companies through the re-opening process. The guide synthesizes the myriad guidance documents available from state and federal agencies such as the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and others. It provides a starting point for each company to implement safety measures specific to their employees and processes. The guide is designed to supplement, not replace, any mandated guidance from local governments and other public health agencies and officials.