Now that lockdown restrictions seem to be a thing of the past, many people are left wondering how they can continue to limit COVID infections, especially among workers. Here are some ways to limit the spread of infection.
Science has proven countless times that COVID-19 vaccinations are effective at preventing serious illness should an individual catch the disease. One way you can help to prevent the spread of the virus and ensure that your workers remain as healthy as possible with the continued risk, is to encourage staff to get vaccinated. More than just encouraging them though, you should do whatever you can to enable them to get their vaccines, including letting them take the afternoon off to get their vaccination, for example.
You’re probably familiar with this advice and it goes without saying that you should let fresh air inside as much as possible to lower the risk of airborne transmission. The risk of catching COVID-19 is higher in places where individuals come into close contact with one another, especially when they cough, sneeze, or even speak.
In line with health and safety requirements, there is a lot of guidance on how to assess and improve ventilation that you might want to familiarise yourself with in order to limit COVID infections in your workers to the best of your ability.
Keep your workplace clean
It’s always been important to keep your workspace clean but especially now in the midst of a global pandemic. Clean spaces reduce the risk of infection and sickness, particularly in areas like the bathroom where people touch the same surfaces such as sinks a lot.
One way you can support staff to keep a clean working environment is by ensuring they have access to sanitiser and cleaning products at all times and reminding them to wash their hands regularly too.
Carry out risk assessments
Although it’s no longer necessary for every employer to have a COVID-19 health and safety risk assessment, many employers have continued to keep COVID-19 as part of their risk assessments. For people who have weakened immune systems and are at higher risk of fighting infections, you might want to consider these needs and carry out extra risk assessments to ensure the safety of all your workers.
Increase flexible and remote work if possible
The number of people who benefited from flexible working during the pandemic has remained more or less the same, making it easier for employers to manage the risks. However, COVID still remains a risk despite lockdown restrictions being long gone.
One way you as an employer can limit infections is by inviting staff to work remotely or more flexibly. You’ll find that a lot of employees relish the idea of working from home even without the risks of coronavirus. Should a member of staff contract the virus, it’s a lot easier to keep the rest of your employees safe when that member of staff has been working from home already.
Despite the pandemic being largely behind us, it is clear that COVID will continue on in our lives. In order to regain some semblance of normalcy, these ideas can reduce the risk of infections in the workplace.
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