Five tips to prepare your workplace for return post Covid-19

22/06/20

Returning to a new normal post COVID-19 means that employers must take specific steps to protect everyone involved. By drawing up rules or a framework for your workplace, you can clearly demonstrate the effort your company is making to ensure that proper safety measures are taken. In addition, it can define the expectations that a business has for its employees.

1. Employees should work from home

If your workplace has not already set up employees so they can work from home, this option should be thoroughly explored. For workplaces in sectors that cannot accommodate such a measure, such as education or construction, other solutions such as staggered start and stop times for employees, social distancing or split office hours that reduce the number of employees in the area at any one time, should be considered.

2. Develop COVID-19 cleaning routines

Be sure to take an objective look at your present cleaning routine. Be prepared to revamp it to meet the standards required to maintain employee and customer safety. Provide hand sanitising or handwashing facilities at your business's exit and entrance locations.

Increase the frequency of cleaning that takes place in the work environment. High-contact objects, such as keyboards and door handles, as well as high-traffic areas like restrooms and break rooms, should have special attention paid to them.

3. Complete a COVID-19 risk assessment

 Your business needs to complete a thorough COVID-19 risk assessment. This should include any potential issues like exposure, contamination and similar matters, as well as solutions to combat them.

If your business maintains a website, this information should be posted on it if possible. The UK government expects that if your company has 50 or more employees, then the results of the risk assessments will be published on your website.

4. Practice social distancing

When reopening your workplace, continue to practice the social distancing mandates that have been in place. That is, continue to maintain at least two metres between employees at all times. As and when this is revised – continue to follow guidelines.

For many companies, this will mean that you'll have to redesign your workspaces to accommodate this change. Start by creating more exits and entrances. Develop one-way walk-throughs. Consider spacing between seats and desks and make sure to include signage to guide employees regarding the proper routes to take.

5. Curtail the risk of exposure

In cases when it is not possible for employees to stay two metres apart, take measures to curtail their risk of exposure. Some ideas include redesigning the seating arrangements in shared spaces such as break rooms or conference rooms, using barriers to create space, changing shift patterns to limit the number of people and creating fixed teams of employees.

These guidelines are designed to help the UK reopen in a controlled and safe manner. 

Aero Healthcare is here to guide your business through these challenging times. Download our Guide to Workplace Return for actionable steps you can take today to protect your employees or contact us for more information.


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