COVID-19: Protecting Your Business

This site was active from 2020-2022. The information published below has not been modified or updated to reflect post-pandemic guidance. For more information on your business needs, please contact us. You may also consider viewing the CDC webpage.

The Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) at Iowa State University is providing educational guides and support to help you plan, prepare, protect, and recover your operations from impacts of the COVID-19 (the coronavirus disease).

Below are some resources to assist you in protecting your business and employees:

CIRAS Checklists & Guides

Protecting Your Business from COVID-19
What is an Essential Business
Responding to a COVID-19 Exposure
Screening Employees
CIRAS Guide: Contact Tracing
Thermal Screening Best Practices
Summary of Personnel Temperature Screening Devices
Suggested Protocol for Best Results using Handheld IR Thermometers – Infographic
Operations Management Best Practices
COVID-19 Hierarchy of Controls
CIRAS Guide: Ventilation and HVAC Recommendations in Relation to COVID-19, August 2020

Return to Work

CIRAS Preparedness & Return to Work Checklist
CIRAS Return to Office Plan
CDC Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Businesses
IDPH Reopening Guidance
White House/CDC Opening America Criteria

Reference & Information Sources

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) COVID-19 Home Page

Iowa Department of Public Health updates

OSHA COVID-19 Webpage
OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
OSHA January 29th, 2021 News Release – Stronger Workplace Guidelines on Coronavirus
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Training Information
Tips for Manufacturers on Continuing Production During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Coronavirus Surface Testing – Eurofins Example
Analysis of New CDC Contact Tracing Guidelines by SHRM


If your business is impacted by COVID-19, CIRAS can provide no-cost assistance to help you understand your next steps. CIRAS has an emergency response team in place to help guide you through the recovery process. Fill out our Contact Us form and we’ll be in touch with you.