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9 Steps for a safe return to work

By May 27, 2020August 4th, 2020No Comments

Employee health and safety are priorities! Here is a short guide to help you ensure a safe and progressive return to work that respects the health standards imposed by the government.

Social distancing

It’s important to avoid nonessential gatherings in the office, both during meetings and lunch breaks. In such cases, it is recommended that you keep two metres from other people. Handshakes and physical contact should be avoided, and remote work should be encouraged whenever possible.

If certain tasks require you to be within two metres of another person for more than 15 minutes, it is mandatory to wear respiratory and eye protection.

Wearing a mask

Wearing a mask is recommended by the Quebec government in public places as an additional way to protect yourself and others. Avoid touching your mouth and eyes, and always cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough. Whether you choose homemade or disposable masks, it is a wise choice to prevent the spread!

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Wearing gloves

Wearing gloves is recommended when employees are required to handle goods. It’s important to wash hands before putting them on and after taking them off. Provide garbage bins and ensure that gloves are changed regularly.

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Handwashing

It’s important to wash your hands often with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds. Whether it is after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose, or after handling something that is frequently touched. The more you wash your hands, the more you reduce the risk of transmission in your workplace.

Use of sanitizer

The use of sanitizer is recommended when there is no access to soap and water. Although handwashing is preferable, having several antibacterial dispensers at work is a very good sanitary measure.

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Implementation of sanitary measures

We know that the virus can survive on surfaces, so additional hygiene measures are imperative. Make sure ventilation systems are working properly, and if you can, open the windows.

Clean eating areas after each meal and disinfect chairs, refrigerator, microwave, tables, countertops, doors, etc. Toilets must be disinfected often, and make sure soap and antiseptics are available.

Workstations must be disinfected: keyboard, computer, telephone, desk. It’s important to keep a clean environment to limit the risk of spreading. We advise you to make more garbage bins available to ensure that no dirty tissues or objects are left laying around. Finally, remove nonessential objects from common areas such as magazines, newspapers, documents, etc.

Air purifier installation

Some work environments may not offer the possibility to open windows or may not have adequate ventilation. The installation of an air purifier should be considered. This will help to purify the air in your work areas and ensure that the risk of spread is reduced. Moreover, air purifiers kill 99.66% of germs and bacteria!

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Reconfiguration of the work environment

By respecting sanitary and hygienic measures, certain other measures can be taken to limit the number of people and thus the spread. Remote working remains strongly recommended whenever possible. Otherwise, offer flexible working hours to avoid having too many employees at the same time. If it’s not possible and the distance between offices is too close, install dividers between workstations.

Symptomatic people

If someone in the company has symptoms such as cough, fever or difficulty breathing, it is their responsibility to stay home. If a person believes they have been in contact with a sick person, they should notify the company and stay home. However, if you think you are sick, do not go to a hospital or clinic. Call 1-833-784-4397 and a health care professional will guide you on what to do.

By following these recommendations, you are finally ready to provide a safe and healthy environment for your employees! We are here to help you. Find out more about our services.