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Training for Protecting the Workforce from COVID-19

Iowa State University is offering a four-module program for preparing employees, supervisors, and owners of manufacturing and construction companies for planning, preparing, and responding to COVID-19 in the workplace. The curriculum consists of four, 1-hour long, webinars that will be offered every Wednesday 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM from January – September 2021. The program will offer ten cycles of the four webinars. Information on each webinar, dates, and registration links are available below.

Module 1: Employees in the pandemic era

  1. What is COVID-19 (including chain infection)
  2. Health etiquette and self-monitoring
  3. High risk employees and household members

Module 2: Personal hygiene, and preparing the facility

  1. Handwashing and sanitizing
  2. Facility cleaning and disinfection
  3. Shared use vehicles
  4. Preparing common use spaces for proper physical distancing

Module 3: PPE and training

  1. Types of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  2. Training employees, supervisors, and custodian crews on safe operations in environments with potential COVID-19 threat

Module 4: Supervisory response, communication strategy/policy

  1. Expectations of supervisory functions for positive COVID-19 employees in the workplace
  2. When COVID-19 positive and non-COVID-19 positive employees can return to work
  3. Posting awareness information and other relevant signage
  4. Interacting with County Public Health and Emergency Management offices and these office’s jurisdiction during a pandemic


This material was produced under grant number SH-99032-SH0 from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor. It does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the U.S. Department of Labor, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.