According to the Centers for Disease Control (“CDC”), COVID-19 positive individuals who are either asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic individuals can be highly contagious and spread the disease when interacting in close proximity (i.e., speaking, coughing or sneezing) with others. That makes each of us responsible for how we adhere to the recommended safety precautions offered by the CDC.

To protect both the health and safety of our employees and patients, NPH expects all employees to wear a face mask whenever their job duties involve interacting with other employees, patients or the general public.

For that reason, NPH is requiring individuals to wear a face covering when they are away from their desk area. You will not be required to wear a face covering while at your workstation as long as your workstation is separated from other workstations either by cubicle dividers, walls and doors. Face coverings must always be work in all common and shared spaces like bathrooms, breakrooms, hallways, elevators etc.

    The Practice will provide each employee with face coverings that meet or exceed the CDC’s recommendations. These face coverings should:

    1. Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face;
    2. Be secured with ties or ear loops;
    3. Include multiple layers of fabric;
    4. Allow for breathing without restriction;
    5. Be able to be laundered and machine-dried without damage or change to shape

    Employees should be careful not to touch their eyes, nose, and mouth when removing a face covering and wash hands immediately after removing.

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    Face masks shall be stored in a paper bag, to wick moisture. Note that plastic bags retain moisture and create an environment to propagate infectious material.

    Face coverings are considered protective equipment. An employee who fails to wear an issued face covering will not be permitted to work on-site until they are able to obtain a face covering. Where an employee is unable or unwilling to wear a face covering due to a medical condition such as claustrophobia, asthma, or COPD, employer will engage in the interactive process as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and similar state and local provisions. An employee who cannot breathe through a face covering will not be required to wear one, but may need to be temporarily removed from patient-facing responsibilities, provided with leave or accommodated in some other fashion.

    Face coverings are considered protective equipment. An employee who fails to wear an issued face covering will not be permitted to work on-site until they are able to obtain a face covering. Where an employee is unable or unwilling to wear a face covering due to a medical condition such as claustrophobia, asthma, or COPD, employer will engage in the interactive process as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and similar state and local provisions. An employee who cannot breathe through a face covering will not be required to wear one, but may need to be temporarily removed from patient-facing responsibilities, provided with leave or accommodated in some other fashion.

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    John Whitaker

    SHRM-SCP EVP and Chief People Officer National Partners in Healthcare

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    2221 Lakeside Blvd, Suite 600 Richardson, Texas 75082