Beyond Sanitisers And Screens: How To Stop The Spread In Your Workplace
Wear a mask. Clean your hands. Keep a safe distance. These are all reasonable COVID-19 prevention measures, but when it comes to your workplace, they may not be enough. Now that we know more about the virus, there are plenty of steps you can take that go beyond hand sanitisers and plastic safety screens.
Here, we discuss how you can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in your workplace.
Before the pandemic, if someone turned up to work with a cough and a cold, no one would bat an eyelid. But that was before, and we can expect all employees to be more cautious about going in to work in the future – regardless of the illness they have.
Business owners, managers and members of the leadership team also have an important role to play in this. You must monitor your employees for symptoms of coronavirus to keep everyone safe. If a staff member displays any signs – no matter how mild they appear – instruct them to self-isolate at home for 10 days after their symptoms began. It may also be a good idea to ask them to take a COVID-19 test before returning to the workplace.
Alter shifts and break times
To ensure that your employees remain safe in the workplace, it might be necessary to stagger their shifts and break times. Physical interactions should be limited or avoided where possible, and be sure to keep any meetings to small groups of people.
It may even be sensible to cancel non-essential meetings to avoid spreading the virus. This is especially important if your business consists of hundreds of employees who must work together in a small space – a breeding ground for COVID-19.
Maintain good communication
Although we’re almost a year into the pandemic, not everyone knows where to go for the latest COVID-19 information or who to turn to if an issue arises.
Before your employees return to work, it’s recommended that you prepare a health and safety policy outlining how you will manage health and safety in your business. This should include a list of names, roles and positions of the people specifically responsible for health and safety in your workplace.
How hap can help
As a result of the pandemic, you may have changed some of your policies, practices and procedures. If your staff haven’t been made aware of these changes, they’ll need to be informed and trained as quickly as possible. This can be a daunting and time-consuming process, but we’re on hand to help.