Getting businesses back to business is essential for associates and the economy as we begin to rebuild. Roughly 75% of employees say that they are somewhat or very concerned about illness spreading in their workplace as we begin to reopen. We have compiled a list of "crucial" steps businesses are encouraged to make as associates return to the office. Let's work together as you take the steps to reopen your facility safely and successfully.
• Setup a screening station at your facility's entrance
• Ask screening questions:
- Have you had a cough or shortness of breath?
-Have you had a fever?
-Have you been around anyone exhibiting these symptoms in the past 14 days?
-Are you living with anyone who is sick or quarantined?
• Consider the use of a touchless infrared thermometer to check the temperature of employees each day
-Any with a temp over 100.4° F should be sent home
• Limit access to work areas by outside visitors.
• Require anyone who exhibits signs of illness from reporting to work and recommend they seek medical attention
- Per CDC guidelines, employees who have COVID-19 must self-isolate for 7 days and be fever-free and symptom-free for 3 days before coming back to work
• Post signage that no one with symptoms of COVID-19 is permitted in the facility
• Train employees on the importance of frequent handwashing, hand sanitizer use and PPE use as well as the dangers of touching their faces in public
• Conduct motivational meetings
3. SOCIAL DISTANCING
• Prohibit gatherings of workers during business hours
• Permit workers to take breaks and lunch outside, in their office or personal workspace, or in other such areas where proper social distancing is attainable
• Continue teleworking for workers when possible
• Implement staggered shifts and breaktimes to reduce crowding amid social distancing measures
• Stagger staffer workstations where possible to avoid employees working adjacent to one another.
- Where 6 feet of separation is not possible, consider mitigation efforts such as screens/dividers along with the increased frequency of cleaning and sanitizing surfaces
• Hold all meetings virtually when possible. Hold in-person meetings in open areas - not confined spaces
• Discourage workers from using other employees phones, desks, offices or other equipment
• Prohibit handshaking and other unnecessary person-to-person contact in the office
• Remind patrons and 3rd party delivery drivers/suppliers of your internal distancing requirements
4. USE OF PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)
•Provide masks and gloves for employee use
- Request that all employees wear face coverings at all times. Such face coverings should be cleaned or replaced daily
• Thoroughly detail, clean and sanitize the entire facility before resuming services and do so regularly, focusing on high contact areas that may be touched by employees
• Confirm new cleaning procedures with your cleaning service
- Confirm they are using effective disinfectants
- Be sure they are cleaning ALL surfaces including carpets
- Disinfect common surfaces regularly, including all vertical surfaces doorknobs and handles, vending machine controls, light fixtures and buttons
- Clean and sanitize restrooms, all fixtures, counters, door handles
• Review and replenish breakroom and restroom supplies based on the frequency of use
- Ensure an adequate supply of soap and paper towels at all times
- Replace bulk packs of straws, cutlery in individual-use packs and napkins
• Your team MUST disinfect ALL work tools:
- This includes RF guns, pallet jacks, light switches, dock equipment, material handling equipment, packing stations, tape dispensers, equipment keypad buttons
• Confirm your team is practicing common sense hygiene
- Washing hands multiple times per day
- Disinfecting eating and work surfaces
- Drinking lots of fluids
- Getting appropriate rest
• Provide hand sanitizer for use by employees, including contactless hand sanitizing stations when available
Use these tips to reopen your facility safely and successfully!
Courtesy of SP Richards