Essential workers on the frontline… we salute you.
It’s scary times with the world facing a pandemic, and yet
many workers out there are putting their health at risk in order to provide
essential services to the UK.
We’ve already talked about ways
to cope with working from home, but what about ways to cope with
working on the frontline?
Distance Whenever You Can
It’s not always possible, but distance is important. If
you can, try to avoid physical contact with others in the workplace.
The government suggestion is to remain 2 metres apart, but if
more than 2 metres is available then it’s a safe idea to give as much space
Rather than directly handing people things, leave things at
an accessible point to maintain a safe distance.
The practice of having to space yourselves out can be
frustrating, especially if it means waiting for others before you can get past. Try to be patient and remember the noble reasons behind these precautions.
You can’t control other people’s hygiene, but you can
control your own.
The key to cleanliness is regularity. Wash
your hands before and after handling items, or use a hand
sanitiser if sinks aren’t readily available. Do this as often as you
It’s crucial for the workplaces of essential services to
make these precautions easy to follow by providing any necessary cleaning
stations or supplies for all employees to be safe.
Sanitising the space you’re working in is just as important
as sanitising yourself. Consider all of the things your make contact with in
your workplace and all the potential risks these pose.
Ask yourself “is it possible for me to make my workplace
more sanitary?” – chances are there are some extra precautions that could be
taken to minimise hygiene-related risks.
Here are some options suitable for a range of workplaces:
There are extra measures you can take when keeping yourself safe
on the frontline, including wearable protection.
In some workplaces, Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) is
standard. However, during the current crisis, everyone from shop workers to
social carers should be considering protective wear.
Consider whether the following protective measures might be
appropriate for your workplace:
to Follow Precautions
These safety practices aren’t “exclusive” to essential workers – all of the general public should be following them.
Allow visitors to your workplace to get on board with these
extra precautions by making hygiene supplies safely accessible to all.
Make your current policies clear to workers and visitors
alike so everybody knows the rules they should be following. Browse our
range of signs here to find out which ones may be suitable for your workplace.
Neglect Other Safety Practices
In a pandemic crisis, everyone’s focus is on one thing.
However, it can be dangerous to divert your attention away from the many other
issues your workplace might face.
It’s crucial to remember the other risks around you and remain vigilant with usual safety practices.
You can trust in us at Direct365 to take the hassle out of
your hands and help your business with a range of professional, competitive and
reliable services, including:
From everyone at Direct365, we’d like to thank all of the UK’s essential workers – and please, #StaySafe.
COVID-19 UPDATE: At Direct365, it’s business as usual! Our dedicated team are working hard from home so you can #StaySafe & get all the essential products & services we supply. Back