5 Tips & Products to Keep Your Employees Safe and Get Back to Work After COVID 19 Crisis
The global pandemic caused by the coronavirus is far from being over. Social distancing and shutdowns have played a vital role in slowing the spreading infection, but the statistics are still not favorable.
Nevertheless, preparations must take place to get back to business. Even with the expected reduced infection rate and the future development of a vaccine, things will never be the same.
This all means adapting safety measures in industrial complexes, office buildings and commercial centers to reduce the possibility of new outbreaks and to prevent a pandemic of these proportions from taking place ever again is a top priority.
We all must play our part, and for business owners and management positions, it is keeping employees safe by all means necessary.
Thankfully, technology is on our side, and with a few simple measures, your organization can be safe and adequate for a stress-free work environment. Here are five actions you should take to get back to work after the COVID-19 crisis.
1. Remote Work Tools.
Before thinking of bringing your employees back to their pre-pandemic workplace, consider adjusting your operations to enable working remotely.
Thousands of companies have been working this way for the last couple of months, 4.7 million employees work from home at least three days a week, and nor the capacity or the effectiveness of home-based employees has diminished.
Communication tools such as Zoom and Skype have proven to be valuable, although emails are still the most used communication methods by remote workers. Collaboration networks, including Slack, Dropbox, Lucidchart, and others, have given companies an advantage.
Productivity must be measured too, and you must set an efficient workflow in place before attempting to run a remote network.
According to HubSpot statistics, 62% of employees reported working at home occasionally before the health crisis, and the number has increased by 400% since 2010.
Virus or not, it’s time for companies to make use of remote teams, and reap the benefits of more satisfied, and productive employees.
Companies that rely on on-site workers, including manufacturing companies, financial and commercial centers, can establish safety measures too.
Digital infrared non-contact forehead thermometers have proven vital for detecting unsuspecting infected people and is the first safety measure to implement in your company to keep everyone safe.
According to the FDA Guidelines for digital thermometers issued to counter the coronavirus threat, “Fever is a common symptom of COVID-19, typically appearing 2-14 days after exposure. Therefore, clinical electronic thermometers are an important screening and diagnostic tool to assist in the identification of those individuals who may be infected with COVID-19.”
If you can detect possible infections in your workplace, by screening your employees with digital non-contact forehead thermometers daily, you’ll ensure the security of all workers and your own in a fast, efficient, and non-intrusive way.
Make sure to source FDA-cleared clinical electronic thermometers capable of detecting subtle temperature rises of 37.8C or greater.
Pulse oximeters are non-intrusive, portable devices that measure the lung’s efficiency to get oxygen into the blood.
The coronavirus is a respiratory disease that reaches into your respiratory tract and affects your lungs, much like pneumonia. As the virus comes in contact with the mucous membranes on your nose, mouth, and eyes, it multiplies infecting your cells.
The smallest air sacs in our lungs, called alveoli, responsible for infusing our blood with oxygen, are inflamed because of the virus infection, reducing the amount of oxygen in our bloodstream.
This is where the pulse oximeter comes in handy. Most infected patients cannot identify their illness in time, infecting others without knowing. Regular reads on a pulse oximeter for a healthy person are 100%, anything lower than that might signal lung inflammation, and possible coronavirus infection.
A pulse oximeter requires no blood sample and doesn’t involve needles means that you can make it available for your employees to check their blood oxygen levels regularly.
Once you make sure your employees are not showing symptoms of infection, you must take care of sanitizing their environment. Chlorine has proven an effective way of eliminating the virus in ordinary surfaces, and alcohol-based hand sanitizers should be available in all areas.
Mobile phones are one of the most dangerous carriers for viruses and bacteria, as they can’t be sanitized entirely. You can’t spray liquids on them without risking their integrity.
Phone sanitizers use ultraviolet lamps to eliminate viruses and pathogens with clinical results, reducing 99.9% of microorganisms, including the coronavirus. In under 5 minutes, any electronic device can be thoroughly sanitized, and some models will charge the devices during the sanitizing process.
Having ultraviolet phone sanitizer in your workspace will allow your employees not only to protect their peers from any possible contamination but also their families as they return home.
Eyeglasses, pens, power banks, and USB sticks can also be sanitized, making your workplace safe for everyone.
5. Face Masks & Social Distancing
Clinical face masks are not 100% safe, but essential for minimizing the risk of direct infection via droplets and aerosol particles.
As stated by the World Health Organization, you and your workers should clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap before putting on a mask, and it should cover mouth and nose with no gaps between your face and the mask.
Avoiding touching the mask while using it is critical too, and you should replace it with a new one as soon as it is damp.
Face masks are inexpensive and can make your business safer.
Prevention is critical for returning to normality. This includes social distancing at work and in public.
Returning to ‘business as usual’ requires the joint effort of all the community, the industry, and businesses at a global scale. Any preemptive measure, from face masks to digital detection devises you can set in place for your workplace can make the difference.
By maintaining a safe work environment, you’re not only guaranteeing the safety of your employees and their families, but you’re also ensuring fast recovery for your business.