You might be having a question that whether COVID–19 can be transmitted at the workplace or not. The answer is yes; it spreads through the respiratory droplets or contact with contaminated surfaces. So exposure can occur while travelling to work, coming or going to the workplace, and so on.
It is advising to the employers and managers, to take measures of their safety for work-related exposure of COVID-19. For that, here are some tips for maintaining a healthy and safe environment at the workplace in the context with COVID-19.
Precautions that should be taken by the staff
Tips when you leave for workplace
- Wear mask before stepping out of your house.
- Make sure you carry a paper or small soap bar or hand sanitiser.
- Avoid using office cutlery by carrying your own.
- Avoid borrowing chargers and power banks from your co-workers and carry your own.
- If you’re travelling with your vehicle, make sure to disinfect it including its door, door handle, steering, dash, seat and seat belt, and gear lever. Same goes for your two-wheeler, disinfect the most touching parts.
Tips while you communicate
- Don’t share your two-wheeler to maintain social distancing.
- If travelling through the car, sit in a criss-cross pattern to maintain distance.
- Create a separate room for different tasks and commands.
- Develop a protocol system for monitoring hourly, daily and emergency information.
Tips when you reached the workplace
- Don’t touch the elevators buttons directly, instead of that use a tissue to touch it.
- While climbing on the stairs don’t touch the railing or wall.
- Avoid going into an over-crowded lift, and don’t face each other.
- Don’t use the same mask every day. If you are using a reusable mask, make sure you wash it after each use.
- Don’t remove your mask in any condition.
- Before you start your work, disinfect your laptop, desktop, table and chair.
- At the time of leaving ensure that you keep one hand distance between you and your co-worker.
- If you’ve touched the door handle or knob, sanitise your hands immediately.
- Before you take your lunch, wash your hands properly and sit at distance from one another.
- Avoid shaking hands to interact with people.
- While in a meeting, ensure that there are not too many people in the room.
Tips after coming home
- After coming home, don’t touch anything and take a bath immediately.
- Wash your clothes separately and not with other family members.
- Take sanitiser and disinfect all belongings you took at the office.
- Last but not the least, avoid going to your workplace if you are not feeling well.
Safety measures that should be taken by the company
- Keep reminding your staff members to wash their hands often.
- If they don’t want to wash their hands often make sure they are using hand sanitisers with 60% of alcohol in it.
- Discourage them from doing hugs, hi-five, and handshakes.
- If you’ve extra space in the outdoor area, arrange all meetings, breaks and lunches there.
- Give training to your staff members on how to use public transport.
- Clean the desk’s top using a soap or detergent and water before your employees use it.
- At least clean and disinfect all the surfaces which are touched frequently such as printer or copier, drinking fountains, keyboards, handrails, faucets, light switches, door handles, and so on.
- Put signs around your campus and entrance that ask guests and other visitors to cover their face by wearing a mask.
- Rearrange the timing of lunch, breaks and shift timing to reduce the number of employees in common areas like canteen, locker room, and screening areas.
How to protect your staff and others?
During this pandemic of COVID-19, owners and managers, office building employers and operations specialists can follow the following tips to create a safe and healthy workplace for your workers and clients.
Identify how and where your workers might get exposed to COVID-19at work
Employers are the only one who needs to take care of providing a safe and healthy workplace. Such as,
- Identify the common areas where employees do get to gather, for example, break rooms, canteen, meeting room, locker room, cafeteria, check-in areas, waiting areas, and all entry and exits routes.
- Don’t forget to include all members such as staff, utility, relief employees, maintenance staff and many more.
- If you’ve workers from an individual contractor, then communicate with them and ask them to change the working process.
- Ensure that you conduct a thorough risk assessment of your workplace. It will help you to identify potential workplace risk that increases the chances of COVID-19 transmission.
- Avoid sending your employees for travelling local or international.
- Promote good respiratory hygiene in the workplace.
- If any of your employees have returned from somewhere then monitor them for the next 14 days and check their temperature twice a day.
- Give training to your employees who are travelling about whom to contact and what to do if they are not feeling well at the time of travelling.
Before start workplace, check the place to see whether it is ready for occupancy
- Determine whether the building is ready for occupancy by evaluating it and its mechanical system.
- Check all small risk factors like pests or rodents, mould growth, or issues regarding stagnant water systems. And take the required precautions.
- Check the ventilation systems before you operate properly.
- Keep the doors and windows open and use fans. It will increase the outdoor air circulation within the workplace. Also, if someone has a problem with it don’t open it.
- To reduce the risk of water diseases, take preventive steps such as cleaning the tank, ice machines, cooling towers, drinking fountains and decorative fountains are safe after the prolonged shutdown.
- Keep hand rub sanitizer in prominent places around the workplace.
- Make sure you promote teleworking in case of emergency.
Remember now it time to prepare yourself and your team to fight against COVID-19. By taking simple precautions and following the above tips can make a big difference. So in case you have started going to the workplace, it is the right time to be mindful of your actions. Begin a little careful and by ensuring your safety and health you can fight against it. These tips will also keep you and your loved ones safe from the messy workplace that can lead towards illness and injury. It will also protect your business along with your employees.
Author – Erika Rhein, a professional writer and blogger by profession. I write on various niches, however, I prioritise writing on health, fitness, lifestyle, medical and so on. I always strive to provide users with useful and informative articles in a readable format. I aim to achieve a difference through my writing.