To help limit the spread of COVID-19 at the height of the pandemic, many businesses worldwide temporarily closed or curtailed operations. When the worst of the outbreak ends and governments allow businesses to reopen, there are steps organisations need to take to protect their employees, customers and contractors. It’s important to keep in mind that guidance in this area is constantly evolving – if you’re considering policies surrounding worker safety, make sure to consult official government sources for the latest information.
Here is the general guidance to get you started.
Empower your employees to protect their own health and the health of their co-workers by providing what they need to stay safe, including:
In addition to empowering your employees to protect and care for themselves, consider making operational changes that will support employee health.
• Clean and disinfect your workplace
• Screen employees and site visitors for fever
• Support social distancing
◦ Reduce the number of employees per shift and add shifts if necessary.
◦ Stagger shifts so that arriving and departing employees do not overlap.
◦ Limit the number of people at in-person meetings.
◦ Remove chairs and tables from pantries and break rooms to discourage employees from eating close together.
◦ Mark work areas with tape to designate safe distance between employees.
◦ Spread out work stations.
• Communicate and educate
The transition back to work may be challenging for some employees. You can help address fear and morale—and promote safe operations—by communicating openly and frequently with employees. Educate employees about practices that will help maintain a safe and healthy workplace and let them know about available resources.
While general precautions and safety steps will help all employees, you may want to take additional steps to meet the needs of certain members of your workforce.
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