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Best Practices for Life Sciences Essential Workers


*As of 4/21/20

As part of Massachusetts’ Essential Services Order issued on March 31, 2020, the Baker Administration deemed the life sciences including R&D, manufacturing, distribution, warehousing, and supply chain  essential and allowed its employees to continue to work on-site as necessary, while still encouraging all employees who could work remotely to do so. 

As essential parts of our industry continue to work on-site at scaled down levels and consider how to safely return more employees over time, MassMEDIC, through its partnership with MassBio, has consolidated employer best practices to keep those employees who must work on-site as safe as possible. These were developed with a primary focus on the safety and wellbeing of our industry’s employees, their families, and our community. We continue to advocate for all employees who can perform their duties remotely to do so. 

The below are only meant as a guide and should be customized for your organization and employees. This is an evolving document and will be updated based on our community’s feedback and the evolving science and information about COVID-19.

Thank you to all of the companies and individuals that have provided input for these best practices. If you have other best practices to share, please reach out to SupplyHub@massbio.org.

General Considerations:

Occupancy, Signage, & Record-Keeping

Introduction of Staggered Work Schedule

Disinfection Measures:


Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Mandatory Temperature Monitoring & Sickness

Visitor Policy & Travel

Helpful Resources:

World Health Organization

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Massachusetts’ COVID-19 List of Essential Services 

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Guidance on COVID-19 (contains guidance allowing employers to take employee’s temperature during the COVID-19 pandemic)