The impact of the novel Coronavirus disease, or COVID-19, is global and the ongoing lockdown process is making life difficult for everyone, but mainly the working world. However, many states have adopted the concept of a “new normal” and have tried their best to just go with the flow. Now, with companies opening with employees back to running essential operation there are new concerns for business owners. Here are a few health and safety tips that you and your employees can use to protect themselves and others from Coronavirus.
Implement Safety Practices for Employees Who Might Have COVID-19 Exposure
Even if there are employees who may have a chance of COVID-19 exposure can still work in the company by following some rules. Even employees who may have been exposed to COVID-19 can work as long as they follow some rules. These employees should have their temperatures checked and should be examined for any other Coronavirus symptoms. They will also need to wear a face mask for at least fourteen days after their last exposure and maintain a minimum of a six foot distance from other employees at all times. The workplace should also be regularly be sanitized to ensure that the disease does not spread from surfaces touched by the exposed person to other employees.
Provide PPE to the Employees if Necessary
Employers are highly responsible for providing the employees with a workplace that is free from hazards.
In any situation, if the office is or can be get exposed by COVID-19, then the employers need to provide PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) to the employees. In such cases, an employer would know the best if all the employees or particularly some of them would require PPEs.
PPEs are actually protective gears that are highly effective in protecting eyes, head, face, and other extremities.
Taking Proper Measurements if Employees Deny Coming to Work
An act has been established in this type of case, which is known as the OSH act. According to this act, If any employee thinks that the office has been exposed by COVID-19, they can easily file a complaint. Employers need to be prepared to respond to such claims.
The act is going to provide a legally protected right to the employees when
1. The employers fail to eliminate such dangers even when they are prompt to do so.
2. The complaint of the employee is a hundred percent genuine
3. There is not much time to correct such situations.
However, this act doesn’t allow the employee to walk out of the office only because of such complaints.
Employers can reduce the risk of spreading the disease and still run their operations if they follow the rules to protect their employees as well as their company.