Before restarting production or operations, it is necessary to ensure safe working conditions for employees and prepare a plan for proper action in the event of a confirmed infection with COVID-19 in the company.
Companies are advised, if they have not already done so, to form a crisis team that determines, regulates and monitors activities.
Prior to returning to work, the employer must, at the suggestion of a professional and / or occupational medicine specialist, mark workplaces where there is a moderate risk of contact with potentially COVID-19 infected persons (co-workers and / or clients).
These jobs need to be reorganized. If a safety distance of at least 1.5 meters cannot be provided, employees (and customers) must be provided with personal protective equipment. If those measures cannot be strictly observed, employees belonging to the risk group for health reasons and / or age must be transferred from these posts. Interested? Go to COVID-19 policy template.
Eliminate, if this is not possible, limit physical contact with customers and between customers. For example, with online or telephone orders, non-contact delivery, or controlled entry (while also avoiding crowds outside the premises) and maintaining physical distance inside and outside the premises.
When delivering goods, collection or delivery should take place off-premises. Advise drivers on good cabin hygiene and provide them with a suitable hand sanitizer and wipes. Delivery workers should be allowed to use areas such as toilets, self-service restaurants, changing rooms and showers, subject to appropriate precautions (such as ensuring individual use and regular cleaning).
Install an impermeable barrier between workers, especially if they cannot maintain a distance of two meters from each other. Partitions can be purpose-built or improvised using items such as plastic panels, partitions, movable drawers or storage units. Objects that are not solid or have openings, such as pots or trolleys, or that pose an additional risk, such as tripping or falling objects, should be avoided. If the bulkhead cannot be used, additional space must be provided between the workers, for example by having at least two empty tables on each side.