How can I stop the spread of infections like COVID-19 within the workplace?
Social distancing and good hygiene practices are essential tools to control the spread of infections like COVID-19.
Social distancing keeps your employees at least 2 metres apart at all times and restricts the flow of people in enclosed areas like public bathrooms and kitchens. There are a variety of strategies that can be adopted to ensure that your staff are not gathering in numbers, for extended lengths of time, or risking a situation where social distancing can not be maintained.
Where business processes are identified that require close proximity, PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) can be issued or modifications to working environments considered that involve protective screening to remove the risk of infection.
Good hygiene practices are key to preventing the spread of infection within your workplace. This includes both employee hygiene and workplace hygiene – namely the cleaning procedures used to keep your workplace clean.
As an employer you must provide clear direction and equipment so that your employees can wash or sanitise their hands frequently, wherever a contact risk is identified.
A full audit of cleaning practices is recommended so that all areas – including high traffic or high risk areas – are being regularly and thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. This should include a review of cleaning procedures for work vehicles and details like how cleaning waste products are disposed of.