Published - Sep 25, 2020
Safety in the workplace means different things for different professions. During January of this year, this likely looked like keeping up with machine maintenance, or establishing a proper desk set up to avoid injuries. In the present day, these safety measures still hold true, however, COVID-19 has added a new layer to work safety that is paramount. Organizations have done a great job in creating plans and procedures to keep their doors open, while at the same time, ensuring that every employee can work and return home safely at the end of the day. Some of these procedures include temperature checks and sign-in logs, recurring daily tasks, such as the cleaning of desks and other common work areas, and regular hand washing, to help fight against the spread of COVID-19. COVID-19 has emphasized the principle that we cannot overlook the little things, as eventually, they will start to add up.
Simple programs, such as stretching routines before and after the work day, proper work area set up, and regularly taking temperatures when individuals enter a building, can help minimize injuries, as well as act as a reminder for people to monitor their own health amongst helping to trace potential COVID-19 cases.
One new factor that both employees and employers alike should be aware of is who they are working with. Keeping the same working group day-to-day will help minimize a potential spread. This will also allow for employees to social distance properly, as well as to understand any potential underlying medical conditions that would leave them vulnerable.
What can you do?
Monitor your health levels. No one knows your body like yourself. If you are starting to feel sick or “off,” let your employer know. Engaging in activities that promote physical fitness, such as walking, jogging or lifting weights, will keep your body and immune system strong!
Wear a mask. Masks are required to be worn indoors, and at some outdoor locations, if social distancing cannot be maintained. One important thing to remember is to keep your masks clean - the easiest way is to have several, and to wash them routinely.
Social distancing. The CDC recommends six feet between people, though this is not always possible in some work settings.
Communication. To tie the three points above together, communication is key. If you are feeling sick or unwell, let the employer know. If someone is not wearing a mask, a kind reminder can help - we are human and forget from time to time. Lastly, social distancing is different for everyone. Some people may not have any underlying conditions, while others may. Communication is key to ensuring that everyone feels safe, no matter their circumstance.
It is important to understand that through all of this, we are in this together. With that in mind, if we all do our part, we can continue to maintain a safe working environment in any industry.