1. Handwashing and using hand sanitiserUse signs and posters to help your workers practice good handwashing technique and to remind them to cough/sneeze into an arm and avoid touching their faces. Provide:
- handwashing facilities with running water, soap and paper towels
- hand sanitiser at locations in addition to washrooms, such as sanitising stations in shops
- hand sanitiser nearby for people getting in and out of vehicles or handling deliveries, if they are unable to wash their hands
2. Cleaning the workplaceYou may need to increase how often and how thoroughly you normally clean your workplace, as well as cleaning surfaces that you do not normally clean. Before you can decide what cleaning is suitable for your situation, you’ll need to do a risk assessment to help you manage risk and decide how best to work safely and protect people during coronavirus. There are also general things you should consider, including clean frequently, identify frequently touched surfaces, consider workstations and accommodation, reduce people’s contact with surfaces and objects. And you should always use effective cleaning products. You could also disinfect premises using fog, mist, vapour or ultraviolet (UV) systems. It may be suitable options to help control the spread of the virus, by cleaning and disinfecting a larger space or room. If you are cleaning because of a known or suspected case of COVID-19 in your workplace you should follow the GOV.UK guidance. If you would like to know more about how to keep your workplace safe via cleaning, please check next week’s newsletter, where we will cover the remaining topics of improving bathrooms, toilets and washbasin, washing work vehicles and hiring cleaning staff.
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