Covid-19 has had a huge impact on businesses throughout the World so many are eager to get back to work. This has its own complications and renewed risk in keeping the highly contagious Covid-19 infection from spreading.
The top priority for all employers must be ensuring the safety of all members of the team coming back into the workplace.
Curbing the spread of coronavirus must be a countrywide effort as the lockdown is gradually lifted and we try and reignite the economy.
We must focus on keeping the working environment safe, along with implementing critical Covid-19 safety protocols.
Identifying where Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is needed, regular decontamination and cleaning of high touch points, installation of additional hand sanitation equipment, and then how you can follow social distancing.
Safety must be our priority and help ensure workspaces are safe.
Review specific health and safety requirements and evaluate recommendations and how you can implement them.
Look at new restrictions and new standards that may affect your business reopening.
Consider looking at WHO recommendations for keeping people safe.
Risk analysis and readiness assessment to identify ways to align with best practices and follow the latest safety protocols.
Mapped touchpoints and cleaning regimen to maintain the safety hygiene standards.
Document policies, procedures and protocols.
Covid-19 is transmitted via droplets so surfaces can be contaminated quickly. Deep cleaning is essential.
The virus spreads through small droplets from the nose or mouth when a person coughs, sneezes, or speak.
Include restrictions to can help avoid transmission of COVID-19.
Think surfaces, high touch points, workstations, production lines, walls, floors and ceilings in the plan.
Studies have shown that the COVID-19 virus can survive for up to 72 hours on plastic and stainless steel.
Correct chemicals in daily cleaning practices to reduce risk.
High-alcohol solutions for hard surfaces, a bleach for walls and floors and disinfectants that will kill the virus.
Training is essential to help employees comply with safety protocols.
Make them aware of the most common symptoms. Make them aware if showing any signs they must stay at home, self-isolate and monitor symptoms.
Include personal hygiene practices of handwashing using soap and water and using alcohol-based hand sanitisers. Avoid touching eyes, mouth, or nose.
Consider installing Covid-19 hygiene reminders in form of posters etc.
Can you maintain adequate social distancing throughout the workday? Use tape to outline how far people should be from each other.
Consider communal spaces like meeting rooms whether they are a safe place or should not be in use, or severely restricted.
Daily temperature testing using infrared thermometers.
Confirmation questions, how generally feeling, fever, cough, difficulty breathing and log for results.
Consider data protection storing this data and what you will do with any health information gathered.
Masks and gloves determine whether PPE is required for your business.
Keep a regular stock check to make sure there is an abundance of products available.
Place to immediately dispose of PPE equipment.
Help everyone feel more prepared.
Decontamination workplace plan and shut down plan.
Employees will feel uncertainty and stress in returning to the workplace.
Keep people informed, constant communication, and one-on-one mental wellness check-ins.
Protecting employees during this challenging time while still running a business can be difficult.
Ensure the workplace environment is coronavirus-free, staff safe and aware of the situation while enabling business continuity.