As workers prepare to return to work following the COVID-19 outbreak, they may need assurance that their workplaces will be safe. While people want to get back to work, they may still have concerns about the virus.
So what can you do to keep your office a safe and comfortable environment for your workers? Here are five tips on how to make your small business premises safe for workers during the coronavirus pandemic.
- Rearrange the Office Furniture for Social Distancing
If possible, move office desks further apart so that people are not sitting close to one another. It is also advisable not to have people sit facing each other. Ideally, the distance between office desks and office furniture should be the same as the distance advised in your region for social distancing. If you adopt the staggered shift approach mentioned above, shared desks and any shared office furniture should be sanitized between shifts.
- Place Markers on The Floors
People are getting used to the idea of social distancing. Even so, it can be difficult to judge the required distance by eye alone. To make it easier for employees to maintain social distancing, place tape on the office floor to mark the required gap. You may also want to implement a one-way system in any narrow spaces to prevent the need for workers to pass each other too closely.
- Provide Sanitation Stations
Keeping hands clean in an office is going to be an essential part of ensuring that the workplace is COVID-19 free. Supply hand sanitizer, paper towels, and antibacterial spray. It would also be useful to have a supply of sanitizing wipes placed by the side of any shared equipment so that each person can clean the machine after use.
- Sanitize Common Areas Regularly
Common areas, such as kitchens and restrooms, should be disinfected regularly. High-touch surfaces, such as door handles, elevator buttons, and stair rails, should also be cleaned periodically. Employees should also be encouraged to clean things like kitchen countertops and lunch tables after every use.
- Communicate Your COVID-19 Safety Precautions Clearly
It will be essential that all employees understand what the new rules are and what steps you have taken to ensure worker safety. Make sure that every employee returning to work has a copy of your company coronavirus safety guidelines. It may also be helpful to put up signage reminding employees to socially distance, wash their hands regularly, and keep things clean.
The above are general tips that will help reassure workers that it is safe to return to the workplace. It would be advisable to check on the local requirements for covid safety in the workplace in your region as well. It will take time for people to get used to the new working environment. But if small businesses develop a safety strategy and communicate with their employees, workers will be far happier about returning to work.
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