5 Tips to keep your Employees Covid-Safe at Work

Covid 19 safety

(note: this article was originally published on 23rd April 2020)

If your workplace is open and staff can’t work remotely, comply with these covid-safe work measures as far as you can. Keep a clear record of what you have or haven’t done and why. This important as it ensures you can justify your decisions to the Health and Safety Executive, or your local authority, if they investigate you.

So, how do I keep my employees safe?

1. Follow the Social Distancing Guidelines

  • Maintain a distance of at least 2 metres between individuals.
  • Use floor markings every 2 metres to show employees where to queue. This important for areas such as outside entrances, toilets, changing rooms and rest areas.
  • If employees can’t remain 2 metres apart, ensure they work side by side (ideally with a screen between them) or facing away from each other.

2. Use Separate Shifts, if Possible

  • Split work into shifts to avoid crowding.
  • Don’t move people between teams so that any contact occurs between the same individuals.
  • Spread your processes out so one team finishes a task before the next team works on the next stage.

3. Ensure Good Hygiene

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Encourage employees to wash their hands regularly for 20 seconds with soap and water, including before and after: operating machinery, their shift, eating and after disposing of used tissues.
  • Remind staff to avoid touching their faces.

4. Communicate and Raise Awareness

  • Explain to your staff what you’re doing to protect them.
  • Remind people to follow distancing and hygiene rules via notices and/or regular announcements.
  • Train managers to spot Covid-19 symptoms and to apply the correct procedures when staff are off sick or self-isolating.

5. Respond Appropriately if Someone Falls Ill at Work

  • Send employees who become unwell home and urge them to go straight there.
  • Urge the person not to visit their GP, a pharmacy or hospital but visit 111.nhs.uk/covid-19 if they need help.
  • If an employee has helped someone who felt unwell, advise them to wash their hands thoroughly.
  • If you have a suspected case of Covid-19 at your workplace, check www.gov.uk/coronavirus for what to do. Current advice is that you don’t need to close the workplace or send staff home (unless they develop coronavirus symptoms themselves) but the position may change.

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