Get Your Workplace COVID-Secure
Returning back to your work and workplace will undoubtedly raise concerns about your safety and security during the current outbreak. Here you can find some insight into what you can do best to ensure you are managing the risks associated with COVID as effectively as possible.
The first call of action for your business would be to update your risk assessment, to manage the risk of coronavirus in your business and ensuring you understand exactly what you need to do, to enable safe working for your people.
The HSE Risk Assessment is designed to help you determine how COVID-secure your workplace is. It is your duty as an employer to protect people from harm, both your workers and others. This assessment will help you identify what you need to do to manage your risk.
So, it is vital that you identify what work activity or situations might cause transmission of the virus and who could be at risk, You need to decide how likely it is that someone could potentially be exposed to the virus and how you will act to remove the situation, or potentially control it. If you have less than five employees you do not need to write anything down, but it might help you when you need to implement plans.
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If your risk assessment has identified that you have people who cannot work from home, such as people whose roles require them to operate machinery or equipment, then it is vital you address what changes might need to be made to the workplace to ensure it’s COVID-secure.
Not only is the risk assessment important but so is cleaning the workplace and social distancing.
To ensure you make your workplace COVID-secure you should consider adopting the following recommendations.
Entrances and Exits
In order to control the number of people in any one place it is important to stagger the arrival and departure times. This will ensure that people do not use entry and exit points at the same time. These places are a high risk area so it would be important to add additional measures to control these points.
There is technology readily available on the market which we can supply and install to help you control the risk in your workplace. View our full range here.
The Hikvision DS-2TD2636B is a thermographic bullet body temperature measurement camera which is able to measure an object's temperature at a high accuracy in real time. It is capable of discovering and tracking people with higher body temperature among a crowded public area, it can be widely used in places such as customs, airports, schools and hospitals for inspection and quarantine. The product would aid in the detection of individuals who may be displaying signs of the virus, enabling you to mitigate any potential dangers.
Alternatively, the DS-K5604A-3XF/V Face Recognition Terminal is a kind of access control device which is integrated with temperature screening function, which supports rapid deployment and is free of wiring, installation and configuration. It can fast take skin-surface temperature, which can be widely applied in multiple scenarios, such as enterprises, stations, dwellings, factories, schools, campus and so on.
Depending on your circumstances, you may be restricted to what technology you can benefit from, however there are plenty of options and ways to make systems such as these work for you. We can absolutely help you with this. We offer a free complimentary survey for your premises which you can book in here.
In addition to monitoring workers and others, it is also important to provide handwashing facilities. This is so that people can wash their hands when they get into and leave work.
There is a wide variety of options available for businesses to choose from but some are certainly more practical and beneficial than others.
The 22” Hand Sanitiser Network Android Advertising Display is a product which enables you to digitise a message for all it’s users. In areas where hygiene is key, and hand washing facilities are not available, these displays are ideal. They combine a hand sanitising station with a versatile digital signage solution. They feature no external buttons or controls and have an automated on/off power timer to minimise contact following installation. This advanced system helps to reduce the amount of communal surfaces that would be touched by all people and will help to make a big impact in reducing the risks in your workplace.
It is vital that you implement procedures to keep work areas two metres apart and allocate one person only to each work area. There will be situations where this is not possible, in which case you should try to keep the number of people in each work area as low as possible.
There are many ways you can help workers to social distance. You can apply floor tape or paint to mark out work areas, place signage to remind workers to stay at a safe distance and limit the movement of people. You can install screens to create physical barriers between people and encourage workers to work side-by-side rather than face-to-face.
For premises’ that need to control the number of people entering, the DS-2CD6825G0/C-I(V)(S) 2 MP IR Network Camera detects motion and counts the number of people entering and exiting separately into your workplace. This piece of kit supports real-time uploading by static cycle and sends email reports on daily, weekly, monthly or annually basis. By reducing the number of people in a certain space it will definitely assist you in controlling a safe distance between all people. Technology such as this, will be a huge benefit to your staff and any visitors. It is something that should certainly be considered when making decisions in protecting your workplace.
The idea is to control the risk of COVID in your business by using digital products to manage the footfall, to ensure social distancing through a digital display and other assistive technologies. In order to successfully reach a seamless process you will need a variety of products to achieve this solution. To view our full range of COVID-secure products please see our shop.
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