Several months ago, before feeling the gravity of the coronavirus pandemic that led to a health crisis and global recession: many thought it would be over less than the time they expected it to last.
That notion soon became a wish that people continuously pray for, hoping that everything will soon be back to normal: a time where society is strong and stable, people gather to bond, welcome families and friends into homes with hugs and kisses, and talking freely without any form of barriers.
Such wishful thinking is encouraged by media: however, the threat to health and safety remains, and eliminating the virus is still in th workings with a vaccine multiple vaccines now available and lockdowns and social distancing measures seeming to slow the virus considerably.
With these measures in place, suppressing the virus is possible, and limiting its spread would be wise if businesses aim to continue their operations. Easier said, and quickly shall it be done!
Steps in Maintaining a Safe Workplace in the Face of a Public Health Emergency
While WHO and various health authorities are currently taking actions to combat the coronavirus outbreak, the responsibility is not theirs alone to bear. All sections of society, including businesses, employees, and employers, must associate themselves with mitigating risks if the aim is to stop the disease’s spread altogether.
As we ease on to the new normal, are organizations as prepared as they might believe? If not, ensure to follow the steps below.
Use Personal Protective Equipment
Front liners or health care professionals rely on using Personal Protective Equipment as protection for themselves and their patients from the spread of viruses and infectious diseases. But now, with the coronavirus pandemic, PPE is essential more than ever, and its use is not limited to only the front liners.
It is now an essential part of people’s everyday lives. Using it is necessary and following State and National Guidance. As a preparation for the new normal, PPE Care Kits contain products that every company personnel can carry with them to work, home, or anywhere they go.
The Premium Care Kit contains the following products below.
- 1 x FFP2 Mask – A disposable mask with a Bacterial Filtration Efficiency or BFE of 95%
- 1 x Surgical Type IIR Mask – Optimum and comfortable fit secured with earloops, contains a BFE of 98%
- Instant Hand Sanitiser
- Anti-Bacterial Wipes
- Disposable Gloves
Reinforce Good Hygiene Practices
Everyone is aware that the virus is transmitted through direct contact with an infected person’s respiratory droplets, either through coughing and sneezing. Touching surfaces contaminated by the virus is also one way of acquiring it.
The good news? Simple disinfectants and hygiene practices can keep the workplace safe. Below are some of the necessary preventive measures and safety precautions that employees need to be reminded of to reduce the workplace virus’s risk.
- Surfaces such as desks and tables, including objects like keyboards and telephones, need frequent disinfecting.
- Promote regular and thorough hand-washing.
- Avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Advise sick employees to stay at home and immediately send sick employees home
Educate the Workforce and Have Regular Communication With Employees
It is essential for employers to openly communicate with their employees regarding the much-needed information about the coronavirus to educate and update them on the situation. Regularly reminding them regarding the company policies related to hygiene practices, wearing PPEs, and other safety precautions can significantly reduce virus transmission risk.
Consider Home-at-Work Setup for Non-Essential Employees
Before the crisis’s onset, remote working is already prevalent in various organizations. Employers should consider having employees whose presence in the workplace is not essential to work remotely. It should not be a significant worry thanks to the internet and various technological devices.