In the midst of a pandemic, employers need to do all they can to prevent COVID-19 from spreading at workplace. To achieve this, below are “7 Golden Rules” which will help keep your workplace safe from COVID-19.
How to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at workplace?
As we all know by now, COVID-19 is most commonly spread from person-to-person via respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes on someone else. Other forms of spread is when someone touches a surface that is contaminated by the virus and then touches their nose, mouth or eyes.
As of June 2020, there were 16 states where the use of face masks in public places was not required. According to the Inquirer, these states experienced an 84% increase in the rate of infection over a two week period. While in 11 states, where wearing a mask in public was required, new cases fell by as much as 25% in the same two-week period. Imagine then, what these figures would look like in a workplace which does not mandate the use of masks or have established procedures for safe and social distancing.
Hence, establishing new protocols, procedures, and proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE) are essential in the workplace. Below are 7 golden rules employers can take to lower the risk of COVID-19 spread and infection:
1. Stock-up on necessary PPE well before you plan to re-open or send employees back to work. This includes: masks (reusable or disposable), face shields and gloves.
2. Instruct employees to stay home if they feel unwell or have a medical condition which makes them susceptible to infection.
3. Mandate temperature checks for employees and customers entering the workplace and have a hygiene station where they can disinfect their hands and/or belongings.
4. Make sure you have enough supplies for hygiene stations, restrooms or common areas. This includes: soap, hand sanitizer, paper towels, disinfectant wipes and no-touch trash cans.
5. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, e.g. door handles, phones, cash registers, bathrooms, chairs, tables and countertops.
6. Alternate or rotate shifts/breaks to limit the number of employees working at the same time.
7. Put up posters to promote enhanced hygiene habits.
Just as the Construction and Healthcare industry have gone to great lengths to protect their workforce with PPE, COVID-19 has now extended these measures to all industries and workplaces. While it may seem daunting and prohibitive, proper training and pro-active measures will lead to a safer and healthier workplace.
What are you doing to reduce the risk of Covid-19 in the workplace and keep your employees safe?