With the economy opening back up as lockdown restrictions ease, more and more of the national workforce are returning to their places of employment. Whether you work in a small office or in a hospital itself, the risk for catching infectious diseases such as the COVID-19 virus is still a real possibility. The only way to prevent and eventually stop the spread of this pandemic is to take the necessary precautions as set in place by international organisations such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the South African Department of Health. Below, we explore ways to keep your current work environment safe and how our #HereForYou face masks can help in the fight against the pandemic.
All employers and staff are encouraged by the national Department of Health to follow ten, basic steps that will help to ensure we reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. These steps are:
- Step 1 – Keep the Work Environment Clean: Nobody is completely sure yet precisely how long the COVID-19 virus can survive on various surfaces, but a good rule of thumb is to regularly clean various surfaces and objects in your work environment. Ensure that the surroundings remain clean and focus on areas where the virus might thrive such as rubbish bins, door handles, and bathrooms.
- Step 2 – Use Disinfectant on Surfaces and Objects: Using a cleaning and disinfecting agent often is strongly encouraged, especially if the surface sees regular human contact. The disinfectant you use should contain an alcohol content of around 70% or diluted bleach. Disinfectant sprays and wipes also work well.
- Step 3 – Promote Regular Handwashing: It is essential to promote regular handwashing practices amongst employers, employees, contractors, and customers. Teaching staff and contractors about the correct duration and technique when it comes to handwashing is also encouraged.
- Step 4 – Make Hand Sanitiser Freely Available: Sanitising hand rub dispensers should be placed at various prominent spots around the work environment and should be freely available to everyone on the premises. These dispensers must be regularly filled.
- Step 5 – Promote Hygiene Practices with Posters: Posters promoting proper handwashing techniques placed in bathrooms and around the work environment will help to remind people on the premises to regularly wash their hands.
- Step 6 – Handwashing Facilities Must be Available: It is essential to have handwashing facilities available that provide clean water and soap.
- Step 7 – Promote Respiratory Hygiene: Respiratory hygiene includes covering one’s mouth and nose while coughing and sneezing, disposing of tissues properly after use, and washing one’s hands after coughing, sneezing, or touching one’s face. Along with face masks, these practices must be promoted.
- Step 8 – Make Face Masks and Tissues Available: Provide disposable masks and paper tissues, as well as bins for proper disposal of these items in the workplace. Our #HereForYou range of face masks is a great option for staff seeking a comfortable alternative to disposable masks.
- Step 9 – Consult Official Travel Advice Before Business Trips: Keep an eye on national travel advice before sending or allowing employees to travel for business.
- Step 10 – Screen Staff, Contractors, and Clients: Anyone with a mild cough or low-grade fever (37.3 °C or higher) should be sent home. Pay attention to individuals taking medications that may mask these symptoms.
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