As more businesses start to gradually reopen, many offices have had to change their work spaces to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. To help control this virus even further, we have put together a list of our top tips to keep your office safe.
Take a Risk Assessment
Before you start your plan to control the virus, we recommend completing the risk assessment from the HSE. This will give you a clear understanding of how to identify the potential risks in the office and what actions to take to keep them safe. You should also share the results of the risk assessment with your workforce and on your website so that staff can see the actions taken to prevent any health risks.
Use Hand Sanitizers
We may have heard this message time and time again, but washing your hands is the best way to prevent the spread of any germs or viruses. Make sure that you have a good supply of hand sanitizers available to staff, and make sure that they include alcohol, as this is the key ingredient to killing germs.
Maintain Social Distancing Rules
Although people can’t wait to hug one another when this is all over, workers still have to maintain the 2 metre social distancing rule in the office. To help remind this to your colleagues, we recommend to do the following:
- put up signs to remind workers and visitors of social distancing guidance
- avoid sharing workstations
- use floor tape or paint to mark areas to help people keep to a 2m distance
- arrange one-way traffic through the workplace if possible
- switch to seeing visitors by appointment only if possible
Introduce Different Working Patterns
There are many office spaces that are simply not large enough to apply with the social distancing guidelines. If staff have to work in the office, introducing a simple rotation system can help follow some of these rules. For example, some businesses have introduced weekly schedules so that half of their employees work during the first week, while the other half work the week after.
Introduce New Hygiene Procedures
After completing HSE’s risk assessment, you will find that daily cleaning tasks will have to become more thorough. Such tasks can include:
- cleaning and disinfecting objects and surfaces that are frequently touched on a regular basis.
- enhancing the cleaning procedures for busy areas
- setting clear use and cleaning guidance for toilets
- providing hand drying facilities (either paper towels or electrical dryers)
- planning a cleaning process if a staff member, unfortunately, catches the CoronaVirus
Use Protective Screens / Sneeze Guards
With so many desks positioned close to each other in the office, it can be difficult to maintain the 2 meter distancing rules. Using a desk mounted sneeze guard can help prevent germs from spreading from desk to desk.
How can we help?
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