COVID-19 Preparedness Plan Template and Instructions

Executive Order 20-40, issued by Gov. Tim Walz on April 23, 2020, requires each business in operation during the peacetime emergency to establish a “COVID-19 Preparedness Plan.”

A business’s COVID-19 Preparedness Plan shall establish and explain the necessary policies, practices and conditions to meet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) guidelines for COVID-19 and federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards related to worker exposure to COVID-19. The plan should have a strong commitment to management and be developed and implemented with the participation of workers. The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, in consultation with MDH, has the authority to determine whether a plan is adequate.

Your COVID-19 Preparedness Plan must include and describe how your business will implement at a minimum the following:

  1. infection prevention measures;
  2. prompt identification and isolation of sick persons;
  3. engineering and administrative controls for social distancing;
  4. housekeeping, including cleaning, disinfecting and decontamination;
  5. communications and training for managers and workers necessary to implement the plan; and
  6. provision of management and supervision necessary to ensure effective ongoing implementation of the plan.

This document includes a sample COVID-19 Preparedness Plan that meets the criteria listed above. No business is required to use this model. If you choose to use this model, you must adapt it to fit the specific needs of your business. Please CLICK HERE to view the model.

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