Health & Safety: Social Distancing and Working Remotely
In most countries around the globe, social distancing has become a government requirement. This is to prevent physical contact with people who may have the COVID-19 virus. As tradesmen and essential services continue to work, they need to practice health and safety measures to keep themselves and their customers safe.
We have gathered a few tips for those who are still working in the field, to ensure the safety of you and your team.
Practicing proper hand hygiene and sneezing etiquette is of the utmost importance. It is a good idea to equip your staff with hand sanitizer to keep with them in their van. All staff should regularly wash their hands or use hand sanitizer throughout the day. Hands need to be washed with soap for a minimum of 20 seconds. Cover your nose with a tissue or flexed elbow when coughing or sneezing. Tissues should be disposed of immediately into a lined bin.
Cleaning up after every job, meaning that once workers have finished on-site, they need to clean any surfaces in the area that they were working, and wash their hands after the job. After working on sites, workers should take extra precautions when going home to their families, to prevent the spread of the virus.
Technicians should remove their work clothes before they enter their homes and keep all tools and work kit outside of the house.
Wash work clothes on a hot wash.
Wash their hands, and have a hot shower.
Personal Protective Equipment
Face masks, protective overall suits, and gloves all help reduce the spread of disease. If your business requires you and your staff to work close to other people or inside their homes, you can use a mask to protect yourself and protect your clients. You can view the recommendations on using masks by the World Health Organisation on their website.
Applying social distancing measures on-site and at the office is important for everyone’s safety. It is advised to keep a two-meter distance apart from one another, and avoiding any physical contact, like shaking hands. If you have more than one worker on a job, they should work in different locations and keep their social distance (2m or 6ft). It’s also a good idea to rotate your workers during this time.
We want to encourage those who own trades and service businesses to make use of this time and research ways to run your business from home, limiting human interaction and passing on documents to one another. This is an ideal time to plan and improve business processes and perhaps opt for a digital system that will help your business go paperless.
A home office can be quite simple to set up, all you will need is a laptop or desktop computer and an internet connection.
We are fortunate to be living in a digital age where we have the option to communicate via our devices. We need to use the opportunity to work digitally and find ways to keep business productive and connected. Of course, at this point in time, the world is unsure of when and if the pandemic will pass or if we will find ourselves in this situation again in coming years, and so it would be wise to look at new ways to conduct business moving forward. Some businesses have adopted an online system using cloud-based software, which has helped those companies coordinate their staff and jobs remotely. Cloud-based software also enables many employees to work alone from their devices, keeping social distance.
We encourage businesses to take full health and safety measures during this pandemic, especially protecting those who work in the field, and your customers.