COVID-19 or most commonly know as Coronavirus is a widespread and most scary term at present. Now, almost everyone knows that it is a respiratory disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. It has spread from China to almost all over the world and affecting all aspects of everyday life including travel, tourism, trade, food supplies, and financial markets. To decrease the impact of coronavirus pandemic on clients, workers, businesses, etc. it is essential for all the employers to plan now to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Here we are discussing some affordable and simple measures to prevent infections like flu, cold and cough from spreading in your working and protecting your employees, clients, and contractors. It is imperative that employers begin following some measures, even if COVID-19 hasn’t arrived in their communities. They can try to cut down working days lost due to ill health and stop or slow the spread of coronavirus if it arrives in your office space.
Encourage good respiratory hygiene in the office space
Put posters encouraging respiratory hygiene. Along with using other communication measures like providing guidance from OHSO, give information at meetings and updates on the intranet, etc.
Make sure that face masks and tissue papers are in stock for employees who cough at work or develop a runny nose. Also, have more closed bins in the workspace for hygienically disposing of used tissues and masks.
Reason- Good respiratory hygiene prevents the spread of coronavirus disease.
Explain your team members and clients that if COVID-19 starts to spread in your community even if someone is experiencing low-grade fever or mild cough must stay at home.
Put posted of this message in your office space.
Encourage thorough and regular handwashing by team members, clients, and contractors.
Keep hand sanitizers in major places around the office space. Ensure these sanitizers are refilled regularly.
Put posters encouraging handwashing.
Along with this opt for other communication measures too like providing guidance from OHSO (Occupational Health and Safety Officer), give information at meetings and updates on the intranet to encourage handwashing.
Ensure the team members, clients, and contractors get a clean washing area with all the essential supplies.
Reason- Washing kills the virus present on your hands and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Ensure your office space is hygienic and clean
Surfaces like tables and desks and objects like keyboards, telephones should be wiped with disinfectant regularly.
Reason- the contamination on surfaces touched by employees and clients is one of the key ways that COVID-19 spreads.
Remember prevention is better than cure, so follow these simple steps and ensure the safety of your employees and clients.