While the lockdown has begun to ease, the actual virus that first prompted it is still at large. To ensure that the workplace is kept safe and healthy, a number of anti-contagion measures are advisable.
Putting these measures in place shouldn’t just be a one-time thing; it’s worth regularly reviewing and updating procedures to ensure that the business can operate at minimal risk, every day.
So what measures might we take to improve workplace safety during a pandemic? Let’s take a look at a few of the most effective.
Improve Health and Safety Measures
A sheet of Perspex will handily prevent a water-bound virus’ travelling from one person’s airway to another person’s. Personal protective equipment does this job, but so too does a large Perspex screen. They’re great for cashiers, and anyone else in public-facing roles.
Social Distance Correctly
Maintaining a prudent distance from other people is among the best ways to limit transmission. It’s difficult to keep the necessary gap in mind, however, unless you have visible reminders.
Floor-based tape is great for queuing, and will provide an unambiguous guide to just how far away two-metres is. What’s more, it can be used to easily create a one-way system, preventing people from passing one another and creating an opportunity for transmission.
Inspect and Make Appropriate Amendments
Once you’ve put the measures into place, it’s worth taking a look at how effectively they’re being implemented. The demands of a given workspace may mean that a little adjustment is required to keep everyone safe.
If people aren’t observing the proper procedures, it may be that the signage needs to be made more visible, or that additional training needs to be provided to staff members.
Properly Train Employees
The human brain is, without doubt, the most effective safety tool. Just a little bit of training can go a long way toward instilling the proper procedures into the minds of your staff, and ensuring their vigilance in the battle against the virus.
Of course, while the novel coronavirus is now the most pressing threat to workplace safety, all of the other threats haven’t gone away. Trips and falls, spillages and fire hazards should all be taken just as seriously as they were before.
That might mean performing regular risk-assessments. Employees who fall victim to workplace accidents may want to consider claiming for any injuries that they may have sustained – but the consequences of an accident can sometimes go beyond what the courts have the power to correct.