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  • Corona virus and Health and Safety at workplace

     Shraddha updated 11 months, 1 week ago 2 Members · 2 Posts
  • Isabelle

    Member
    May 17, 2020 at 12:01 pm

    What can the workplace do to provide a safe work
    environment to its workers during the pandemic?

    • This discussion was modified 11 months, 1 week ago by  Isabelle.
  • Shraddha

    Moderator
    May 17, 2020 at 1:44 pm

    Hi Isabelle,

    It is advised that workplaces should have a policy in place that outlines their requirements when people may be sick or absent to care for others. This policy should indicate how to notify the workplace, and if there is a requirement for a doctor’s note and when. Organizations may wish to suspend the need for a doctor’s or medical note for the absence to reduce the burden on the health care system.

    Workplaces can also help by having an infection control plan which may include details such as:

    • Providing clean handwashing facilities.
    • Offering alcohol-based hand sanitizers
      when regular facilities are not available.
    • Cleaning objects that are touched
      frequently, such as doorknobs, handles, railings, kettles, etc. more
      often with household disinfectants or bleach solution.
    • Providing boxes of tissues and encourage
      their use.
    • Reminding staff to not share cups,
      glasses, dishes, and cutlery. Be sure dishes are washed in soap and water after use.
    • Removing magazines and papers from waiting areas or common rooms (such as tea rooms and kitchens).
    • Making sure ventilation systems are working properly.
    • Cleaning a person’s workstation or other
      areas where they have been if a person has been suspected or identified
      with an infection
    • Using social distancing techniques, such
      as using the telephone, video conferencing, or the internet to conduct as
      much business as possible (including within the same building), allow
      employees to work from home, or to work flexible hours to avoid peak
      public transportation times or crowding the workplace.

    The above is just a recommendation however you may implement safety practices as deemed fit for your organization.

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