Coronavirus: The Dangers of Returning Back to Work
The coronavirus pandemic has completely taken the world by storm with over 213 countries having confirmed cases according to Worldometer (15th May, 2020).
The United Kingdom has especially been hit hard by the pandemic, surpassing Italy and becoming Europe’s highest death toll by nation on the 5th May 2020. These metrics of death tolls take into account anything relating to COVID-19 being mentioned on the death certificate.
In an attempt to recover from these unprecedented figures, a new scheme named furlough was introduced by the UK government paying up to 80% of wages with a cap of £2,500 per month. Furlough is now being utilised by over 7.5 million employees, becoming vital to somewhat protect the economic pressure the UK is facing. The scheme is estimated to have cost £500 million — £1 billion every day and parliament has accepted that these figures are not sustainable.
In the last few days, movements began in the UK to change their lock-down introduced, first starting with the slogans changing from:
- Stay at Home
- Protect the NHS
- Save Lives
To a more ambiguous 3 stage motto of:
- Stay alert
- Control the virus
- Save Lives
Alongside the ambiguity, restrictions have been lifted to some degree with employers and employees actively being encouraged to return back to work if they cannot work from home.
Employers have been supplied Guidance for employers and businesses on coronavirus (COVID-19) from the government regarding what practical measures they should take and how they should implement them.
Ensuring the workplace is safe for employees to return back to work is essential for various reasons but to list a few:
- Your workforce need to feel safe.
- Reduce stress
- Better well-being; both physically and mentally
What Safety Precautions Can Business Owners Take?
If you’re a business owner, it should be in your best interest to introduce some safety precautions throughout the workplace whether it’s in an office or an outdoor environment.
Firstly, adopting the two-meter policy stated by the UK government. Following this rule can reduce the risk of contamination spreading. In the office environment, this may mean spreading out computers two meters apart.
Undergoing a full coronavirus decontamination service provided by an accredited professional, prior to returning back to work. These decontamination/virus cleaning services eradicate all types of pathogens and harmful micro-organisms and provide a layer of protection for up to 12 months.
Removing all public food storage — usually in office run companies such as office spaces, a communal fridge, glasses, plates, bowls and cutlery may be available. Removing these and asking staff to supply their own can reduce cross contamination and reduce activity for common touch-points.
Staggering lunch times and breaks has been adopted throughout many workplaces to reduce the traffic flow in certain hot-spots such as smoking areas and passing by in close proximity corridors.
Public notices scattered throughout the workplace; having notices of guidelines and recommendations to abide by will reinforce that there should be minimal/no contact between co-workers.
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