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How to keep your workplace safe and healthy

It’s crucial to ensure safety in the workplace for your employees and yourself, especially with the recent COVID-19 epidemic. These are some tips to help you stay safe and healthy at work.

How to Keep the Workplace Safe and Healthy Make sure your work environment is clean and tidy.

Congested surfaces can be a source of sickness. You should regularly clean and sanitize desks, tables and handrails as well as doorknobs, doors, and handrails.

Avoid sharing equipment or items with other employees whenever possible. If you must, clean them and disinfect them after each use.

Encourage regular, thorough hand washing.

Employees, contractors, and customers should all wash their hands with soap and water at least once a day. This helps to kill viruses and prevents the spread COVID-19.

A reminder about handwashing could be displayed in public restrooms. These posters should be available to you by your local health authority.

Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands. Wash your hands after you use the bathroom, cough or sneeze, before and after eating.

Assist with respiratory health at work

Indoor air quality is crucial for employees’ comfort and health. Poor ventilation, inadequate or insufficient outside air, temperature control problems, low humidity, recent remodeling, and other activities near your workplace could all contribute to indoor air pollution.

To ensure a well-ventilated workplace, install high-efficiency air filters. Encourage your employees to go outside and get fresh air. If possible, bring indoor plants into the office to clear the air.

Keeping the Workplace Safe for You and Your Employees 

Keep your distance.

Avoid large gatherings and keep at least six feet from other people. Implement teleworking and/or flexible work hours, including staggered shifts. Avoid hand-shaking and look for other creative ways of greeting others… from a safe distance.

Stay home if you’re feeling sick!

Employees should be reminded that even the mildest symptoms such as a shortness of breath, cough or fever should be communicated to them. This message can be reinforced with posters and other communication channels. This message may be promoted by your local public health authority, or other partners.

Employees who present to work with symptoms or become sick during the day must be immediately removed from other employees and sent home. Employers should be aware of your policies regarding sick leave.

You will need to purchase enough supplies to keep your workplace safe.

Stock up on hand soap and tissue, as well as no-touch disposal methods for employees. Make sure to keep hand sanitizer handy in the workplace. Hand sanitizers that are alcohol-based should contain at least 60% alcohol.

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