As an employer, you must ensure that your employees remain safe and healthy when a deadly contagion is claiming lives around the world. If your employees are coming to work, you need to do all you can to limit their chances of getting infected.
Here are a few tips that may help you do so:
There is a direct relationship between your employees’ mental and physical health. Right now, it’s tough to show up at work for anyone. We see negative news every day, and there’s a general atmosphere of uncertainty surrounding our lives. In times like these, work-related stress can make things tougher for your employees.
Go easy with them! You need to realize that the amount of stress your employees deal with can make them fall sick. Be empathetic, let them know that they’re heard, understood, and valued. It’ll make your employees believe that their workplace is safer and cares about their health.
This pandemic has changed the way we study, work, and socialize. Your workplace design and SOPs have to change to adapt to the ‘new normal.’ Encourage work from home, if possible, and skip the cash register by investing in contactless payment systems. Physical meetings should be replaced by virtual calls. Use the internet to get your message across, instead of relying on the post.
Most importantly, get your employees to practice social distancing. If they’re still coming to work, their workstations should be strategically redesigned to maintain adequate distance. Don’t allow employees to come in without face masks and gloves. Even if they’re required to have personal protective equipment on, make sure they are wearing it the right way. Instruct them not to congregate in the hallways unnecessarily. It’s also a good idea to have routine temperature checks in place.
Make sure all the workstations and surfaces are routinely disinfected with an alcohol-based disinfectant. Train your workers to clean all the tools and equipment with the same disinfectant. To encourage a handwashing habit, you can also put up hand sanitizer dispensers throughout the office.
After you’ve placed all the SOPs in practice, sign up your workforce for an occupational first aid training course. It’ll help the team deal with first aid emergencies at the workplace on their own without having to rush to the ER. The healthcare systems are already overwhelmed. You will be adding to their chances of contracting the virus by visiting.
Metro Safety offers multiple Red Cross basic life support training and occupational first aid courses. We are helping your employees equip themselves with all the important first aid knowledge.
For more information, call 604-521-4227 today.