Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccinations are ongoing. As your company attempts to return to “business as usual,” it needs to plan accordingly. That way, you can manage and prevent the spread of COVID-19 at work.
Tips to Manage and Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 at Work
Here are five tips to help you minimise the risk of a COVID-19 outbreak at work.
1. Encourage Your Employees to Get Vaccinated
Let your employees know how and where they can get vaccinated. Provide details about COVID-19 vaccinations, how they work, and their benefits. Also, encourage workers to come forward with any concerns or questions about getting vaccinated for COVID-19.
In addition, offer incentives to help employees get vaccinated. For example, you can provide paid time-off to employees who get vaccinated. This enables workers to have sufficient time to recover after they receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
2. Promote Social Distancing
Ensure employees can remain at least 6 feet apart. This limits the risk of workers contracting COVID-19 at work.
You can set up markers to let workers know that they are at least 6 feet apart from one another. Also, you can create signs and posters to promote social distancing across your workspace.
3. Require Workers to Wear a Face Covering
Ask your workers to keep their nose and mouth covered at all times. By doing so, employees can prevent respiratory droplets or particles from reaching others, thereby preventing the spread of COVID-19 at work.
For employees who work outdoors, there may be instances when workers opt not to wear face coverings. However, if outdoor employees remain in close contact with peers, they should continue to cover their face.
4. Offer Training for COVID-19 at Work
Teach workers about how to identify warning signs of COVID-19 and what to do if they experience a fever, chills, or other COVID-19 symptoms. Furthermore, provide employees with updates regarding COVID-19 vaccinations and other news relating to the coronavirus pandemic.
Verify that your COVID-19 at work training meets the needs of your personnel, too. Ultimately, it helps to collect feedback from your workforce. Then, you can find ways to ensure your training hits the mark.
5. Keep the Lines of Communication Open
In the event that an employee is diagnosed with COVID-19, notify your workforce. In this scenario, do not share the infected employee’s name. Rather, encourage anyone who was in close contact with this worker to get tested for COVID-19. And, require the employee to stay home from work and in quarantine until he or she has fully recovered.
Finally, keep workers in the loop regarding COVID-19 protocols at work. This ensures your employees can remain updated about these protocols and do their part to foster a safe and productive work environment.
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