Ready for Back to Work? Here is the Checklist That Employers Need to Ensure Compliance

There are many businesses that might be heading back to work under Level 4 of lockdown, which creates a renewed risk for Covid-19 spreading.

All employers will have the safety of their team at the forefront of their minds, which will include decontamination and stringent Covid protocols like PPE, hand sanitation, regular cleaning of touch points and social distancing. 

Here is the checklist for all businesses going back to work and to ensure themselves, employees and customers are safe during this time. 

Decontaminate The Environment

The transmission of Covid 19 is through droplet spread, which means surfaces can be contaminated quickly. To ensure that a workplace is coronavirus free, having a decontamination protocol in place is the best way. The process involves the microbial fogging of all surfaces, workstations, production lines, floors, walls and ceilings with specialised chemicals and the areas are then air dried. The team responsible for decontamination is specially trained and kitted with the necessary PPE. Disposable PPE is immediately gotten rid of in a biohazard bag and is treated as a Health Care Risk Waste. 

Your Risk Analysis

If decontamination is done before your employees return to work then a risk analysis will need to be done afterwards, otherwise, this should already be in place. 

The assessment will determine high touch points and the cleaning regime required to maintain the hygiene standards. At a minimum, cleaning should occur daily with attention to mapped touch points. 

Having the Right Stuff

You will need to have the correct chemicals that are used in daily cleaning. Solutions high in alcohol work well for sensitive equipment and hard surface sanitising of small areas. Walls and floors should be cleaned with solutions containing sodium hypochlorite like bleach. 

Training Your Team

Every employee will need to comply with the rules, which means that all team members must be trained on the best personal hygiene practices. These behaviours rely on discipline and must be embedded within your staff. You need to ensure that hygiene reminders are posted everywhere.

The Right PPE

Businesses will need to ensure that they have an abundance of masks, gloves and hand sanitizers available. There will need to be strict protocols in place regarding the putting on and removing of PPE as well as its disposal. For single use items, there should be biohazard waste disposal mechanisms in place and fabric masks need to be washed and rotated often.

Social Distancing

Social distancing is a must and work zones will need to be designated, highlighted and well spaced. You can use tape to mark these zones or stickers for queues. Communal spaces need to be restricted or not is use like meeting rooms. There needs to be clear policies in place of how team members should interact with one another and with customers. 

Test Temperatures

Daily temperature testing should be enforced through the use of infrared thermometers. Also, ask questions in relation to health and find out if employees are experiencing cough, fever, sneezing, breathing difficulties, runny nose or general unwell feelings. You can log the results daily. 

Drills for Scenarios

Like fire drills, you should conduct drills on how to handle positive cases, breach of hygiene, a security incident and so on. Everyone will feel more prepared if anything were to happen. 

Having Support in Place

Employees will feel anxiety, stress and uncertainty, so employers should consider free counselling services during this time. 

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