As lockdown restrictions continue to loosen, an increasing number of companies are getting back to business. However, before re-opening your doors to staff, customers, or visitors, you must ensure your facility is COVID secure. Put simply, this means taking all reasonably practicable measures to lower the risk of transmission. It’s worth remembering, however, that whilst COVID-19 is still in circulation, it’s simply not possible to eliminate the threat completely.
Putting in place infection control measures not only helps to minimise the risk of contracting coronavirus, but also instils customer confidence, at a time when many are wary about going anywhere outside of their homes.
But just how do you go about making your facility or establishment COVID-secure? There is so much to consider, that it can become confusing. Our advice is to undertake a risk assessment to identify areas where the possibility of transmission is high, and then follow the ‘Hierarchy of Controls’ system to lower risk:
- Can you change or remove anything to eliminate the hazard? For example, offer table service in pubs, cafes and restaurants to remove potential crowding in the bar area.
- Can you replace any activities with safer systems? For example, implement a reservation only policy to manage the number of people at your facility at a given time
- Engineering Controls. Use equipment or other measures to ‘isolate’ people and prevent them from coming into contact with the hazard. Social distancing is one way of doing this, so employ signs, matting, and floor markers to help ensure effective spacing between people. You may also want to install Perspex screens at counters.
- Administrative Controls. This is about changing the way people work or behave. Hygiene is critical: Offer plenty of opportunities for hand hygiene; and ensure surfaces, especially high touchpoints, are frequently wiped down with an appropriate virucidal/disinfectant solution, effective against coronavirus.
- Personal protective clothes and equipment. Only after all other measures have been put in place, should PPE be considered. Masks and visors may be necessary to minimise the risk at your facility, whilst acting as a visual reminder that you take people’s health seriously.
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