COVID-19 Return to Work Resources for ABA Practitioners

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Many states around the U.S. have begun to lift restrictions following the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing more businesses and individuals to return to work over the coming weeks.

While shifting to telehealth has gone well for many, if you’re an ABA practitioner, you might be eager to get back into your schools or clinics, but it’s important to do it the right way to ensure your staff, clients and students are safe.

With that in mind, we’ve gathered several resources to help you do so, ranging from general workplace guidance to tips for healthcare professionals and more. Feel free to download the entire bundle here, or continue reading below for more information on each individual resource.

General Workplace Resources

Review these general resources that can be used to reopen public spaces, workplaces, businesses, schools and at home.

CDC: Questions to Ask When Reopening the Workplace

This tool from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) aims to assist employers when making decisions during and following the COVID-19 pandemic. This guide is designed to help protect vulnerable workers.

CDC: Developing & Implementing a Cleanliness Plan

Whether you are a business owner, run a school or want to keep your home safe, this guide will help you develop, implement and maintain a cleanliness and safety plan. At the bottom are dozens of additional resources compiled by the CDC.

CDC: Guidance for Cleaning & Disinfecting

Here’s a simple summary of the two above resources from the CDC, with tips for developing a plan and questions to ask when reopening.

5 Steps to Reopen Your Workplace

It’s important to follow recommendations issued by your state and local health departments when determining appropriate actions to take, and pay attention to these five steps.

OSHA: Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

This detailed guide from Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) outlines recommendations and descriptions of mandatory safety and health standards. It is not a standard or regulation, and is not legally binding.

Responding to Staff Who Do Not Want to Return

Guidance to help employers and employees understand the application of new laws and how they impact them.

Resources for People with Disabilities & Disorders

Those with special needs might be especially at risk when returning to workplaces and educational settings. Review these resources for important information and advice.

CDC: People with Disabilities

Some people with disabilities may be at a higher risk of infection or severe illness because of their underlying medical conditions. Here are some tips to prepare and protect.

CDC: People with Developmental and Behavioral Disorders

Find out what people with developmental and behavioral disorders need to know about COVID-19.

Healthcare Clinics & Medical Offices

The following resources are specific to assist health clinics and medical offices reopen safely following COVID-19.

CDC: Get Your Health Clinic Ready

Follow these tips to get your health clinic ready to reopen. There are steps healthcare professionals should take before clients or patients arrive, when they arrive and after they leave, and medical staff needs to be trained accordingly.

CDC: Medical Office Preparedness Planner

While this CDC planner is specific to primary care provider offices, many of the recommendations and tools remain applicable to ABA provider facilities.

Additional Resources

Take a look at these additional resources for fire safety and vehicle cleanliness tips to keep everyone safe.

NFPA: Maintaining Fire Protection & Life Safety Systems

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) developed this guide to help commercial and residential buildings maintain fire protection and life safety systems where less personnel are present.

Vehicle Cleanliness Tips

Follow these tips to keep vehicle interiors free of harmful germs and other unwanted elements.

CDC: Shared Housing

A guide to help you plan, prepare and respond if you live in or manage a shared housing property.

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