What measures to take in the workplace against the coronavirus
With the new “Living with COVID” plan introduced by the Irish government whether we like it or not the measures against the spread of COVID-19 are here to stay for…well at this point who really knows for how long. The World Health Organization (WHO) has even said that a “vaccine alone won’t end pandemic: ‘We cannot go back to the way things were’”.
This means the economy and business are in a serious threat for the foreseeable future and to protect staff and customers as well as prevent unnecessary closure of business we will remind in this blog the basic rules we all need to follow at the workplace, school, in-store, etc.
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory virus that is transmitted by airborne droplets, by touching infected surfaces or directly by hand-nose, hand-eye, hand-mouth, hand-hand, but only if the hand of a healthy person had contact with a sick person.
- Symptoms include cough, fever, difficulty breathing, muscle aches and fatigue.
- According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the incubation period varies between 2 and 14 days.
Of particular importance is the adoption of preventive measures to prevent contamination, identified by the WHO and the local authorities, namely:
- Observing exceptionally good hygiene - washing and disinfecting hands is the key to preventing infection. Hands should be washed frequently and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol may be used.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands!
- Avoid contact with sick people, especially those with cough and/or fever;
- Application of the general hygiene rules regarding hand hygiene and food hygiene;
- Surfaces (desks and tables) and objects (telephones, keyboards) must be regularly wiped with disinfectant.
- Place hand sanitizer dispensers in a prominent place in the workplace and fill them regularly.
- To hang posters that encourage hand hygiene.
- Protective masks as well as paper towels to be available in the workplace for those who begin to experience symptoms of runny nose or cough while at work. Provide bins with lids where wipes and masks can be disposed of.
- Washing hands with soap and water or using an alcohol-based disinfectant solution, after sneezing and coughing, when caring for a sick person, before, during and after cooking, before eating, after using the toilet, after any contact with animals and when the hands are visibly soiled;
- Cleaning hands regularly with a disinfectant of at least 60% alcohol base and/or washing with soap and water;
- In case of sneezing and coughing, cover the mouth and nose with the bend of the elbow or with a napkin, which is immediately discarded in a closed basket/container;
- Suspension of business trips;
- Do not visit public places if you have a fever or cough;
- Avoid contact with people if you cough or feel unwell;
- If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, especially after travelling abroad, seek medical attention in a timely manner and let them know where you have travelled by PHONE;
- When applying a mask, place it so that it covers the mouth and nose. Discard the disposable mask immediately after each use and wash your hands;
- Avoid contact with animals, their excrement or faeces;
- When leaving home, wear gloves and do not take them off while on public transport and in public places. Travel outside rush hours. Be careful with the door handles. If possible, open or close with your elbow. Wear gloves when pressing the handle or wash your hands immediately afterwards.
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