Making workplaces healthy and safe has always been important, but this has become even more of a priority since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. With the pandemic looking to stay for the foreseeable future, here are some of the steps that you should take to make sure that your workplace is healthy and safe.
Install Hand Sanitizer
Hand sanitizer has appeared in many public places in recent months, and there is no reason why your office or factory space should not have it on hand. As well as protecting you from coronavirus, hand sanitizer can also ensure that your employees do not fall ill from colds or flus. This will ensure that they are not taking large amounts of time off every winter season, which can hinder your productivity. A hand sanitiser dispenser is an effective and touch-free way to make sure that all your employees can easily access it when they need to.
Invest in an Air Purifier
From allergies to bacteria, your office or factory can often be filled with substances that can make your employees ill, and which can easily circulate without the correct ventilation systems. As well as installing vents within your workplace, you should also consider the benefits of air purifiers, which can extract harmful substances and leave your employees breathing easily.
Train Your Employees
However, once you have instated your health and safety policies, it is up to your employees to make sure that they follow them. To make sure that all your workers know the rules and policies that you have in place, you should consider hosting large training programs. You should then refresh this training at regular intervals.
Rethink Your Layout
The layout of your workspace can greatly impact the health and safety of it. For instance, while open-plan layouts were once all the rage, hot-desking and other common office features are now being seen as unhygienic, with many people using the same desk in one day. There are many ways that rethinking your layout can improve health and safety, from making sure there is ample space in walkways and allowing safe storage spots for machinery, to making sure that everyone has their own desk.
However, whatever measures you implement, none can be better than cleaning on a regular basis. Although you might not have time to do this yourself, you should consider hiring a professional commercial cleaning agency that can help you keep up with the hygiene requirements of your building. You should also consider deep cleaning your building often when your employees are all out of the office; for instance, at weekends or holidays.
Take Out Insurance
Insurance can protect both you and your employees in the event that there is an issue in the workplace. Business and employer’s liability insurance will ensure that if an employee is injured in the workplace, you will be able to stay financially protected while the injured party can claim the compensation that they need throughout recovery.
It is not only your health that is at risk at work, though, and hazards can lead to many injuries and accidents. To stop these from occurring, you should carry out a risk assessment where you can spot hazards such as loose wires and dangerous equipment and make sure that your employees are aware of them. For instance, you should put up signs when there is a wet floor. Or you should install fire rated doors to prevent it from spreading and cause havoc. Ensuring the safety of your employees must be on the top of your priority list.