Make Your Workplace COVID Safe

4 Ways to Make Your Workplace COVID Safe

It’s fair to say that since 2020, the pandemic has changed our lives in many ways. Some industries are regaining a degree of normality, though the threat of another variant-induced wave of the virus remains. The pandemic has taught us how to live healthier lives and forced us to make changes to the workplace for a COVID-safe environment.

Making changes to your workplace can improve your employees’ health and well-being. Ideas such as replacing frequently touched surfaces with touchless systems, redesigning office spaces or project sites, and a stronger emphasis on clean air and sanitation are a few changes that can make a difference. It has become an employer’s responsibility to keep employees and clients safe. Here are our top four affordable ways to make your workplace COVID-safe.

Reducing Frequently Touched Surfaces

Frequently touched surfaces are often the easiest ways to spread germs. These include door handles, light switches, phones, faucets, etc. Fortunately, touchless technology such as motion sensor lighting and automatic doors, faucets, soap, and hand towel dispensers are available. Even elevator buttons can become no-touch by using “Toe-To-Go” elevator systems, where people can tap buttons with their feet to choose which floor they would like to go to.

Another way to reduce high-touch areas is to remove them. These could include coffee stations, snack bins, and water stations. Although having these areas included in a workspace is nice, it is much safer for people to bring their own food, water, coffee, etc.

Increasing Space between Employees and Customers 

Tiny particles that people breathe out can contain virus particles. The closer you are too large groups of people, the more likely you will be exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19. To avoid this possible exposure, you may want to avoid crowded areas or keep a distance between yourself and others. Therefore, this may call for redesigning an office or project site to increase the workspace or project site between employees or to increase client space in waiting areas or meeting rooms. Adding protective shields to reception areas or other areas where maintaining distance is difficult can protect the safety and health of clients and employees.

Another way to protect employees is to add outdoor flex space or areas that can provide employees with fresh air and reduce office crowding. One-way walking routes similar to what many of us have seen within grocery and convenience stores can ensure a safe space between employees as they move around the office.

Sanitation 

Routinely cleaning your workspace can reduce the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses. Offices, bathrooms, porta-johns, equipment, and frequently touched surfaces should be disinfected throughout the day. Set a cleaning schedule and have all employees participate. You can also create an end-of-the-shift list of all areas to sanitize. Add sanitation stations to construction sites or your office to provide additional access to handwashing.

Clean Air

Other additional ideas include HEPA filters and the installation of UV light air purifiers. HEPA filters are High-Efficiency Particulate Air Filters that can reduce the spread of COVID. HEPA filters can help reduce your building’s airborne pollutants, including viruses.

While HEPA filters trap particles, UV Light in HVAC systems sanitizes the air as it passes through, killing germs. UV lights are proven effective in controlling bacteria, viruses, mold, and other airborne contaminants. Using these two technologies can lead to cleaner air and a healthier workplace.

Make Your Workplace COVID Safe

A.R. Brouwer team members are used to adapting quickly while keeping health and safety top of mind in our offices and project sites. We establish clear lines of communication at all our construction sites. Our project managers are proactive and will prevent delaying the project schedule. To do this, they maintain open communication between project teams, trade partners, and clients. We also verify that all project teams work with their organizations to identify backup personnel who could staff the project if a “site-necessary” person is not capable of coming to the site because of possible quarantine or because they were exposed to the virus outside of work.

A.R. Brouwer values health and safety in our offices and project sites. However, the pandemic changed the way we think. It made us more aware of the health and well-being of employees, clients, and everyone we encounter. It is causing us to think of creative ways to provide a COVID-safe workplace. These tips are just a few ways to change your office, project site, or home for a healthier environment.

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