Most warehouse employers and employees want nothing more than for productivity to get back up to speed. Many warehouses across the U.S. have operated at near-full or full capacity throughout the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic to meet supply chain demands. Dutiful business leaders have provided highly visible signage offering COVID-19 workplace safety tips in compliance with updated standards set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (1,2)
As an increasing number of businesses reopen with caution, it is vital to develop a robust COVID-19 workplace protocol.
The Importance of COVID-19 Safety at Work
Life during the coronavirus pandemic has been challenging for everyone, but especially for those managing and navigating the workplace. In the U.S., essential warehouse and manufacturing workers have kept the gears in motion, allowing consumers to buy food and other daily goods.
If you are about to reopen your warehouse or manufacturing business—or want to stay up-to-speed on the latest tips for COVID-19 safety at work standards—it may help to review some of the current requirements and safety considerations.
Here are some crucial COVID-19 prevention tips for you to keep in mind to ensure your valued employees, management, and visitors stay safe.
Work with state, local, and national public health officials.
It is important to work with the appropriate local, state, and national public health officials to make sure you have current details about the risks and best paths to health and safety. The CDC and World Health Organization (WHO) are two key bodies that offer regular information about the Coronavirus status while also offering prevention tips to keep your staff safe. (3)
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was designed to provide reliable safety recommendations for the workplace, and the body’s devotion to workplace safety amid the COVID-19 pandemic is no exception. (4) Monitoring these websites and those of other public officials will boost your confidence that you are doing everything possible to keep everyone safe.
Develop an infectious disease preparedness program.
Work with safety leaders to stay updated on the latest local, state, and national protocols, then apply them to your warehouse environment. Here are a few ideas:
- Determine who is at general risk for infection, including customers, the general public, guests, and workers.
- Consider high-risk individuals, such as those with immune-deficiencies, older workers, healthcare workers, and anyone who has traveled internationally to locations with known widespread COVID-19 transmission.
- Factor in areas where social distancing is challenging, such as cafeterias, breakrooms, and smoking areas.
Once your team has assessed the risk factors, they can work on a strategy to minimize those risks.
Require compliance with social distancing and mask procedures.
Although there are some challenges in complying correctly with mask-wearing and social distancing protocols, everyone needs to strive to do their best. The CDC recommends wearing a cloth face mask as a minimal protective measure, in tandem with complying with the six-foot social distancing requirement. The public health organization states that cloth mask coverings may reduce the number of respiratory droplets that a person emits while talking, coughing, or sneezing to protect those near the wearer.
Instruct employees to wash hands frequently and thoroughly.
Place signs in the restrooms, kitchens, and work areas that remind employees to wash their hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, which should contain between 60-90% alcohol for at least 20 seconds. (4) Create signs that remind employees of the best techniques to use when washing hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer.
Keep your workplace environment clean.
Keeping workplace surfaces clean helps prevent the spread of viral pathogens. Ask your cleaning staff to do a thorough cleaning of workstations, doorknobs, countertops, restrooms, and dining areas with a disinfecting solution each night. You may also ask your employees to clean specific, at-risk areas throughout the day to ensure everyone’s safety until everyone gets the all-clear regarding COVID-19.
COVID-19 workplace signage can help you communicate all vital and regularly updated information from sources that include the CDC and WHO. Our team can help you review the official guidelines and develop a strong and meaningful communication strategy for crises like the COVID-19 pandemic. (5) If you have questions on content creation and help to assess the best areas in your business to place your customized digital signage, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.