Office Safety: How to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 in the Office
by Geraline Jorge
It is been a year since the World Health Organization declared Covid-19 a pandemic. As we move forward from the greatest challenge in global history, we keep on living as normal as possible – go to work and do the daily activities we do with precaution.
It is a relief that there is already a vaccine for COVID-19, but we are not out of the woods, yet. The past few weeks were crucial as we see the sharpest rise of Covid-19 cases in the Philippines. Because of this, we need to keep in mind that though there is already a vaccine, we should not be complacent.
One of the places that COVID -19 can spread easily is in the workplace. And that is precisely the reason why at NLEX, we want to help everyone stay healthy in the office while sharing common workspaces. We have administrative controls, safe work practices, and personal protective equipment (PPE) to prevent employee exposures.
What to do to maintain a COVID-free workplace?
Personal Do’s and Dont’s
- Wear face mask and face shield at all times.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% ethanol or 70% isopropanol as active ingredients and rub hands together until they are dry.
- Maintain social distancing of 6 feet.
- Practice other good health habits. Regularly clean your desk, high-touch areas, and frequently touched objects.
- Recognize personal risk factors. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), certain people, including older adults and those with underlying conditions such as heart or lung disease, chronic kidney disease requiring dialysis, liver disease, diabetes, immune deficiencies, or obesity, are at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19.
- Answer the MyWellBeing App to assess and monitor employee health.
During Office Meetings
- AVOID large gatherings. DO NOT eat together.
- Follow the number of people to occupy the meeting rooms and board rooms.
- Utilize the use of online meetings to reduce the risk of exposure.
If You’re Not Feeling Well
- STAY HOME and isolate when you are not feeling well or sick.
- Sick employees should follow Clinic and HR recommended steps. Employees should not return to work until they meet the criteria to discontinue home isolation.
- Employees who are advised to self-isolate should not return to work until they are cleared to do so.
At the end of the day, we are all human, and every one of us is affected by COVID-19. Now is the time for all of us to lead for our own safety and welfare. Stay Safe!
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