How to Manage your Workplace During COVID-19 – WHO Guidelines
Since the coronavirus pandemic, a lot of procedures that used to be normal are being reconsidered: packed meetings, door handles, and handshakes, to name a few. It is important that you are appropriately and safely managing your workspace now more than ever, so here are a few tips from the World Health Organization to keep your workplace safe during the pandemic.
Prevent the spread of COVID-19 inside the office
This can be done by keeping the office clean via regular cleaning and sanitation, frequent handwashing, and the use of Personal Protective Equipment inside the office. Keep employees informed about new updates on guidelines and regulations, and make information easily accessible digitally or on flyers posted throughout the office. Also, make sure that employees are aware of coronavirus updates in the community.
Reconsider event and meeting procedures
Because gatherings of people is an easy way to spread the coronavirus, it is imperative that you reconsider how you conduct meetings. If virtual gatherings are not an option, check community guidelines to see what procedures are necessary for an in-person meeting. If it is allowed in the area, make sure to keep extensive amounts of sanitary supplies at hand, require Personal Protective Equipment, mandate social distancing, and keep the gathering short.
During the event, make sure to communicate what protective measures are being made to prevent the spread of the virus. After the meeting, make sure to obtain the contact information of all attendees to help with contact tracing purposes. You should also have a backup plan in the case that someone at the meeting starts to show symptoms of COVID-19.
Think twice before allowing employees to travel
If it is mandatory that your employees travel, make sure they are aware of COVID-related conditions and regulations in their destination. Make sure that they are also appropriately equipped with protective and sanitary equipment. While traveling, encourage employees to take sanitary measures and frequently clean their hands. Upon their return, if returning from a place high in cases, they should isolate and self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days.
Plan for a community outbreak
You need to be prepared in case of COVID-19 spikes locally. Develop a plan in case one of your employee’s contracts the virus. This should include such measures as isolating the employee, sending them home, and safely cleaning and then sanitizing their workspace. Prepare to support them as they isolate and wait out the virus.
Encourage employees to work from home as much as possible. This will be especially helpful if there is a community outbreak that prevents current work procedures from continuing. Keep your employees updated on what is happening in the community and how you will respond to emergencies.
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