Covid Safe Workplace
How to Make Your Workplace COVID Safe?
While many companies are operations remotely at home, some businesses are left with limited options but to create workarounds during these trying times. Restaurants, grocery stores, and other essential businesses continue to operate and provide services to champion convenience and better our lives while we follow government-mandated measures.
Ensuring a COVID safe workplace is not only the responsibility of the employers, but workers as well. With the impact of COVID-19, many people face the new challenge of keeping themselves and their workplace safe.
Employers: what can I do?
The major role of the employer is to take reasonable steps to ensure compliance with obligations to keep their employees safe from the spread of the virus.
As an employer, you can keep your workplace safe by:
- Developing a contingency and business continuity plan.
- Improving health and safety practices
- Ensuring adequate social protection
This is definitely a hard time for most businesses. SMEs are closing as a result of the economic impact of the pandemic. One way of keeping you and your workers COVID safe is to reassure them that they will have a job waiting for them if they take time off as a result of flu like symptoms.
Everyone in the workplace needs to understand that even the mildest symptoms, like a scratchy throat or slight fever, means “stay at home. And go and get tested” This message needs to be stressed as strongly as possible. If not, your workers will most likely continue to report back to the workplace and will likely spread the virus.
Uncertain times can cause fear and panic to a lot of people. That is why, as an employer, you need to consider the mental and emotional health of your workers. Allow them to socialise without being physically close to one another.
- Implementing personnel policies and keeping records
Keep records of people going in and out of the workplace. Everyone needs to stay alert and be vigilant with their colleagues’ health status.
Workers: Your Responsibility
Your responsibility as a worker doesn’t end when you leave the workplace during this global crisis. Be accountable and practice these things to keep yourself, your family, friend and workplace COVID safe:
- Practice personal hygiene
You’ve heard this a million times already, but it bears repeating. Frequent and thorough handwashing is important to fight against contagious diseases and viruses.
A minimum of 20 seconds with plenty of soap or detergent and water is necessary to get rid of the droplets that may contain the virus.
If washing your hand with soap and water is not possible, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers to disinfect your hands. Avoid touching your face, nose, eyes or mouth – the surfaces that COVID-19 infects.
Promote good respiratory hygiene. When you sneeze or cough, use a tissue to fully cover your mouth or nose and then place it in the bin and wash your hands.
What does good infection control look like in the workplace?
- Flexible working arrangements for employees;
- Clear and strict physical distancing measures;
- Availability of handwashing stations and hand sanitizers;
- Vigilance and alertness of symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat and shortness of breath);
- Regularly cleaned and disinfected workspaces and;
- Presences of signs and posters to remind workers about COVID-19 precautionary measures.
You can confidently help your staff navigate the challenges of this global public health emergency by using these guidelines. Consider gaining ISO 45001:2015 certification and put the safety of your employees and other first with the help of ISO Brisbane, the leading ISO certification consultants in Queensland. We help you manage your workplace risks.
Should you have any questions or concerns about your workplace’s safety, talk to us today at 0428 660 383.