The COVID-19 pandemic is an ongoing situation that continues to be monitored by health and government officials in the province of Ontario. While Ontario succeeded at flattening the curve by preventing the spread and contraction of COVID-19, it’s important to remember that we’re all in this situation together and that we need to continue being vigilant and sanitary.
At your workplace, there are things that you can do to ensure that yourself and your coworkers are safe and healthy. The following article will explain three things you can do to make your workplace safer amid COVID-19.
Hand Washing and Sanitizing
Hand washing is incredibly important in managing and containing the spread of COVID-19. Ensuring that your hands are clean will prevent the transmission of germs and harmful bacteria. The Public Health Agency of Canada has reinforced handwashing guidelines that effectively kill harmful germs from your hands – wash them with soap and water for a minimum of twenty seconds.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s imperative that you wash your hands more often than you may be used. Ensure that you wash or sanitize your hands after touching door handles before and after eating food, sneezing or coughing, and touching garbage.
Proper Sneezing and Coughing Protocol
When you cough or sneeze, your body is trying to rid itself of irritants that are interfering with your respiratory system. Considering COVID-19 is a respiratory virus, it’s imperative that you protect yourself and your coworkers from spreading germs when you cough or sneeze.
If you have time to prepare for a cough or sneeze, avoid sneezing into your hands. Try to sneeze into a tissue or your elbow if possible. Keep a small container of hand sanitizer at your workstation to clean your hands following a cough or sneeze. Don’t keep any used tissues hanging around your desk – immediately throw them into a garbage can.
Maintain Your Workstation
Always try to keep your workstation clean and sanitary. Consider wiping down frequently touched areas such as your office door, keyboard, and desk with disinfectant wipes.
Furthermore, if possible, wear a mask whenever you can. The best way to prevent the spread and contraction of COVID-19 is to equip yourself with personal protective equipment that blocks airborne particles from spreading. Remember to social distance as well as you can in your work environment.
COVID-19 remains an incredibly contagious and life-threatening illness, so following the tips mentioned above will protect you and your fellow coworkers. Remember, we’re all in this together, and together, we will come out of this pandemic stronger and healthier. For more information on how to make your workplace a safer place to be amid COVID-19, contact our team today!