As COVID-19 restrictions* are easing across Canada and the United States, many companies and organizations are taking steps to return to the workplace safely. After nearly two years of heightened safety measures and remote work, many employees and employers are nervous about what this may mean for the future of the workplace. Employers and employees can work together to create a safe return and secure work environment as we all re-adjust to life after the lockdown.
WORKPLACE SAFETY & HYGIENE MEASURES FOR RETURNING TO THE WORKPLACE
HANDWASHING & SANITIZING STATIONS
The importance of handwashing has been carried out throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Ensure that adequate handwashing or hand sanitization stations are available to employees and staff throughout the workplace.
- Require proper handwashing and/or hand sanitization:
- Upon entering the worksite
- After using the restroom
- Before and after eating/breaks
- Before/after touching eyes, nose, or mouth
- Before/after using shared items, such as tools, printer machines, telephones, etc.
- Before/after putting on or removing masks
- Before/after using company vehicles, industrial trucks, etc.
USE OF MASKS
If workers are using masks, encourage the use of medical-grade masks in the workplace. Ensure that all workers are aware of how to properly put on masks so that the nose and mouth are fully covered and secure. Make sure employees are properly disposing of masks and washing hands before and after application and removal
HEIGHTENED CLEANING MEASURES
Repeated cleaning of high-contact surfaces, such as:
- Door handles
- Toilet handles
- Time punch clocks
- Keypads/Access points
- ATMS/Debit machines
- Elevator buttons
- Communal workplaces
WORKPLACE SCREENING TOOLS, CONTACT TRACING, AND COVID-19 TESTING
Daily Screening Forms
Screening tools in the workplace play a crucial role in protecting your employees by monitoring and tracing symptoms to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Regular COVID-19 Testing
Not all reasons for drug testing in COVID-19 cases come with symptoms. Performing regular COVID-19 tests can help reduce the risk of outbreaks within the workplace.
WANT TO ENSURE YOUR WORKPLACE IS SAFE DURING RE-OPENING?
PRECEDE OHS CAN HELP.
We offer workplace screening tools and COVID-19 testing to help ensure your team is safe return. Learn more about our workplace COVID-19 services.