As states reopen and individuals may become more exposed to COVID-19, it is critical for employers to implement comprehensive workplace safety and health protocols to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission among their workforce.

Are Employers Doing Enough?
Using CDC guidelines, Synergy created a worksheet, found below, to guide employers through this implementation. The intention is two-fold: to share best practices and to serve as a document where employers can record their actions taken to minimize risk of COVID-19 transmission in the workplace. Ultimately, this will help employers keep their workplace safe and also offer protection from inaccurate claim compensability determinations.

As a reminder, OSHA now requires an investigation of all COVID-19 cases to determine if they are work-related. Please use Synergy's "COVID-19 Investigation Form" below to assist in determining if a COVID-19 case is work-related. Any work-related COVID-19 case must be documented on your organization's OSHA 300 log as an "illness." Store completed COVID-19 Investigation Forms in a file separate from personnel files.

If it is determined the infection is OSHA recordable or the employee alleges contraction from the work environment, submit a workers' compensation claim to Synergy and include the COVID-19 Investigation Form. The completed form will assist Synergy in making an accurate workers' compensation compensability decision.

Through a collaborative effort, Synergy strives to keep your facility safe from all workplace hazards, including COVID-19.

COVID-19 Forms
Click here to download our Employer Recommendations worksheet. Send a completed copy to your Synergy Risk Manager or info@synergyinsurance.net.

If you have a COVID-19 illness in the workplace now, or in the future, click here to download our COVID-19 Investigation Form. This form must be completed for every COVID-19 illness.

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