How to Stay Safe at Work Post Covid-19 Pandemic

“Okay, we all are done with Covid-19 Pandemic”. Stay safe at home, Stay safe at work. Stay safe everywhere is what we hear all the time.

We are all in need of a healthy change in our environment. Though work-from-home enriched the productivity of several employees by providing a flexible environment, most of them lacked focus, concentration, and harmonization. 

Now the employers feel like opening the workplaces again to get back to the ‘new normal.’ And the word ‘new normal’ decisively implies the stay safe at work protocol. The chief responsibility of employers is to provide their employees with a safer work environment. 

This guide will certainly help employers to design their new work environment in the most protective mode.

Safety Measures to be Carried Out Inside the Office

It is vital to prepare a strategic plan to stay safe at work. There are several ways to maintain the safety of your employers and customers. Even though no single method is proved to be 100% effective, multiple layers of protection can be achieved when they are all used together.

Yes. We are talking about the Swiss Cheese Model, introduced by James T. Reason in 1990. This model is used in risk analysis and risk management, and it is presently merged with covid-19 pandemic safety measures.


Source: Wikipedia

According to the Swiss Cheese model, every industry faces several kinds of risks. Shields prevent these risks, and in the above figure, these shields are represented by multiple layers of Swiss Cheese. Nevertheless, every system has holes that can lead to trouble or danger. The pandemic insists on the use of various layers of protection to stay safe at work.

1) Usual but Inevitable Steps for Everyone

  • Maintain a 6 foot or 2-meter distance from others.
  • Wear a surgical mask always.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or sanitizer.
  • Do not use your hands to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Use your sleeve or a tissue.
  • Stay home if you are not feeling well.
  • Eat healthy foods, stay hydrated, sleep well and work out regularly.

2) Getting the Workplace Ready

  • Ventilation

Researchers warn that lack of indoor ventilation may lead to a high risk of airborne transmission of coronavirus. CDC says that SARS Covid-19 viral particles spread more easily indoors than outdoors.

Having an enhanced ventilation system is necessary to prevent the spread of viral particles inside the workplace. A sound ventilation system renews the airflow regularly and allows fresh air to circulate inside the building. It also filters out bacteria, viruses, and other air pollutants, including SARS Covid-19 viral particles.

Ensuring fresh air circulates in your workplace provides a healthy surrounding since it keeps the lungs cleaner, improves blood pressure, and provides strength to your immune system.

  • Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation (UVGI)

UVGI is a disinfection process that can prevent the spread of dangerous diseases. Upper room UVGI fixtures can be fixed either in the wall or can be suspended from the ceiling. The radiation from the UVGI fixture can eradicate the viruses as quickly as possible, depending on the dose of irradiance energy.

A report published by the American Journal of Infection Control says that SARS-CoV-2 is highly susceptible to irradiation with ultraviolet light. As per the report, the UVGC system can effectively inactivate viruses, but the system must be installed appropriately by following safety protocols.

  • For Hygienic Workplace

  1. Disinfect the frequently touched surfaces like desks and tables, objects like mouse and keyboard, restroom surfaces like sinks, doorknobs daily.
  2. Hand sanitizers (with at least 60% alcohol), paper towels, closed bins must be kept in prominent places.
  3. Display posters that propound the importance of washing hands, wearing masks, and social distancing.
  4. Create a one-way track through stairways and reduce the use of elevators.

3) Employer Responsibilities

  • Try to create a new revised flexible work schedule to minimize the number of people working at a particular schedule. This could reduce the possibility of contamination.
  • A survey says that almost 90% of professionals came to work before the pandemic when they were sick. If the same happens in the present situation, everything might turn wrong. Employers must appeal to their employees to stay at home if they are sick. 

4) Screening the Employees

Test employee temperature daily and ensure their temperature is less than 100.4ºF. Employees should not have a cough, cold, shortness of breath, or any other illness.

5) Vaccination

Encourage your employees to take vaccines when they are eligible for the vaccination program. The vaccine trains our body to identify the proteins produced by infectious viruses and fight against them. When more people in a surrounding get vaccinated, it will reduce virus spreading.

Final Thoughts

The pandemic is not yet over, and it is unclear whether the world will get back to normal or not. It is our responsibility to follow the precautions before getting caught in the hand of the deadly virus. The implementation of more layers of protection guarantees less spread of the virus. The above said protection layers ensure the physical health and mental health of employees. We are in this together, and we shall succeed in getting back to normal life.


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