During this outbreak of COVID-19, we understand that more and more people each day are beginning to work from home. Unfortunately there are some teams who still need to travel and are required to be in the office.
We know that regular cleaning is common practice within workplaces but given the current events we imagine that these have been increased to further reduce the spread of harmful germs and bacteria. Each business will have different requirements to cleaning and many offices will have set rules and restrictions for safe and hygienic working practices. Here are some extra tips to help you to stay safe in the workplace…
- As we hope that you are regularly washing your hands, we advise to increase this anytime you move away from your desk. Washing your hands when required plus using hand sanitiser more often than normal. It would be useful for yourself to have your own sanitizer at your desk to remind yourself.
- Try to keep your desk as tidy as possible. Your workplace most likely has a clear desk policy but now more than ever it is vitally important to keep your desk as clear as possible so deep cleaning practices can be completed effectively.
- Try to have the following items at your desk during this current time: Anti-bacterial wipes to clean any items or your desk space throughout the day, wash your desk every morning so that you are aware that your space is clean before working. Again, have hand sanitizer for your use only and make sure you are regularly using it when needed. Lastly, make sure you have your own cup and bottle that no one else is drinking from and make sure you are washing these up every afternoon before leaving!
- Do not eat at your desk. This may not be in your lunchtime routine but we understand that sometimes it is needed when workload is high. When eating lunch at work, make sure you are cleaning the area around you as much as possible and not presuming everything is clean. An idea for your lunchtime would be to have a walk and get some fresh air, keeping your distance from shops and other crowded social areas.
- Be aware of what is going on around you. We have all been informed of the symptoms of COVID-19 and we understand there are other flu-type illnesses around as well. If you feel like you have any of the common symptoms or notice a colleague that seems unwell, action needs to be taken immediately. Inform that colleague they should go home or make a manager aware. If you are feeling unwell, you need to self isolate at home inline with government guidelines until you are feeling better.
We all need to look after ourselves and others around us. We need to act sensibly and quickly to avoid the spread of any infections and remembering to consider the more vulnerable individuals that are at greater risk
If you’re travelling via public transport to work, please check out our page on how to keep safe whilst travelling.