The COVID-19 pandemic caused many companies to dramatically change the way they do business, such as with immediate transitions to remote work or significantly altered workplace processes. As your company starts to adapt to the “new normal,” your employees are likely to be concerned about their safety, understandably. Learn more about what safety measures you need in place for employees after COVID-19:
The most crucial way to protect your employees and keep your workplace as safe as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic is to be vigilant about who enters your facility. Employees should ideally never push through and work if they are sick with common viruses, but for COVID-19, it can be a matter of life and death, so they should be strongly told not to come in if they are ill or exposed to others who are.
Establish a pre-screening process at the opening to your building, in which employee temperatures are taken to ensure they don’t have a fever, and they are asked about any recent symptoms, such as shortness of breath or coughing.
Adhere to a Stringent Cleaning Routine
All it can take to spread the virus rapidly is for infected respiratory droplets to be left on a shared surface, and then touched by employees. Be vigilant about sanitizing your workplace to keep your employees safe. Ensure that all spaces, from bathrooms to offices to printers or other commonly used equipment, are disinfected often. If possible, provide disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer throughout your workplace.
Implement a Face Mask Policy
To prevent the transmission of the COVID-19 virus, the CDC recommends implementing a face mask policy and requiring employees to wear a face covering (unless they have medical conditions that prevent them from doing so safely). If employees are unable to procure their own face masks or they don’t meet your approval, have a supply on hand to provide to them.
Institute Social Distancing Practices
Since COVID-19 is so contagious and people can be asymptomatic carriers, ensure your employees are able to maintain at least a 6 feet distance between them and their coworkers or customers. Although certain work duties can make that impractical or outright impossible, institute social distancing practices as much as you can. Space out work stations and seats in common areas with markings to indicate a 6 feet distance.
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