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COVID-19: managing risks, protecting employees & guidance on self-isolation

In the last few weeks, the news has rapidly been filling with reports on the outbreak of confirmed cases of a new strain of coronavirus, known as COVID-19, first identified in Wuhan City, China.

One of the biggest issues for businesses arising from COVID-19 is how to manage the need for employees to self-isolate.

In the meantime, it would be sensible to review your current hygiene practices to make sure that you are taking all reasonable steps to reduce the risk of people spreading illness at work. This will include reminding staff that they should:

  • Cover their mouth and nose with a tissue or their sleeve (not their hands) when they cough or sneeze
  • Put used tissues in the bin immediately
  • Wash hands with soap and water often (or sanitizer gel where this is not available)
  • Avoid close contact with unwell people
  • Avoid touching their eyes, nose or mouth with their hands if they are unclean

You may also want to step up cleaning practices within the business and supply additional alcohol-based hand sanitizers.

Click here to learn more and download your free Coronavirus Procedure Document.