5 tips for setting up a safe and healthy workplace

As employers prepare to welcome employees back into the workplace, maintaining a safe and healthy environment is a priority. While each organization needs to review their unique circumstances, there are straight forward measures that can be taken to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

COVID 19 Tips 1

1. Make sure workplaces are clean and hygienic

  • Surfaces (such as desks and tables) and objects (such as telephones, keyboards and machinery) need to be wiped with disinfectant regularly
  • In South Africa, IsoMetrix’s sister company NOSA is certified to carry out environmental swabs and tests for COVID-19.

Why? Contamination on surfaces touched by employees and customers is one of the main ways that COVID-19 spreads

COVID 19 Tips 2

2. Promote regular and thorough hand washing

  • Consider everyone that enters the workplace: employees, contractors and customers
  • Put sanitizing hand rub dispensers in prominent places around the workplace
  • Make sure these dispensers are refilled regularly
  • Display posters promoting hand-washing – ask your local health authority for these or look on the World Health Organization website

Why? Washing kills the virus on your hands and prevents the spread of COVID19

COVID 19 Tips 3

3. Promote good respiratory hygiene

  • Ensure that face masks and/or paper tissues are available at your workplaces, for those who develop a runny nose or cough at work, along with closed bins for hygienically disposing them

Why? Good respiratory hygiene prevents the spread of COVID-19

COVID 19 Tips 4

4. Communicate with your employees, contractors and customers

  • Display posters with key policy messages in your workplaces. Combine this with other communication channels commonly used in your organization (such as email and virtual meetings)

Why? Proper communication will help keep corporate policies in place, and effective against spreading COVID-19

COVID 19 Tips 5

5. Review risks BEFORE organizing in-person meetings and travel

  • Large meetings may have a risk of someone unknowingly bringing COVID-19, or unknowingly exposed to COVID-19. Keep meetings small and spacious to help maintain social distancing
  • Ensure employees and contractors consult national travel advice before going on any trips

Why? Social Distancing has proven effective at slowing the spread of COVID-19, and keeping employees/contractors from traveling to “high risk” areas, will improve effectiveness