COVID 19: Workplace Safety
Posted by Jessica Gilmour on April 15, 2020 in categoryFacts & ResearchcategoryNewscategoryMember Tips

ProLiteracy would like to extend a statement of gratitude to the thousands of essential workers continuing to provide for the greater good every day. Whether in health care, grocery, municipal, utility, logistics, warehouse and distribution, etc. ProLiteracy recognizes the importance of your work.

Essential employees face the risk of exposure to COVID-19 every day. They face the challenge of continuing with their normal jobs in high stress environments. And for those lacking basic skills, the situation can become even more challenging and stressful.

Instructors might be meeting remotely with some adult students who are still working as essential employees. For any students who might be uncertain about going to their jobs, it might be worth reminding them how to stay safe while at work. According to the United States Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) control and prevention guidelines, there are general practices that all workers should try to follow:

    • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds and often. Use an alcohol-based hand rub with at least 60% alcohol when soap and water are unavailable.
    • Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing.
    • Avoid direct contact with sick people.
    • Avoid touching your face.
    • Stay home when feeling ill.

According to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), certain people, including older adults and those with underlying conditions such as heart or lung disease or diabetes, are at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19.

One of our member programs, Washtenaw Literacy, has generously created and shared a health literacy flyer written in plain language called "Wash-Wipe-Cover: Don't Infect Another” to help communicate and teach essential information about coronavirus. The health literacy flyer is available for download.

Low literate adults may struggle to understand the language used for COVID-19 updates. The National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA) has compiled a list of words associated with coronavirus with plain English explanations.


Courtesy of The Cultural Orientation Resource Exchange.

To learn more about adult literacy resources during COVID-19, visit ProLiteracy’s COVID-19 Resources page.



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