In the days of COVID-19, many people wonder how they can keep themselves safe in the workplace, other than the usual means of maintaining a 6ft distance from others, wearing a mask, and washing their hands regularly. Below, we have outlined a few handy tips to help keep you safe.
In the article, we also outline what you can do if you or someone you know has potentially been infected.
Tips on how to keep as safe as possible:
Practice responsible hygiene
1. Avoid contact with people who are sick.
2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
3. Where a mask, and gloves if you need to work in high touch areas.
4. Cough or sneeze into a tissue and dispose of it immediately, or your elbow if you do not have any tissues.
5. Wash your hands often, with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, sneezing, or coughing.
6. Always keep hand sanitizer handy, ensuring it contains at least 70% alcohol.
7. Refrain from handshaking – use other non-contact methods of greeting.
8. Use non-contact online transactions, where possible, to limit the handling of cash.
9. Disinfect surfaces regularly, in and around your work area where you can – like doorknobs, tables, desks, and handrails.
10. Increase ventilation by your work area, by opening windows or adjusting the air conditioning, if possible.
11. Increase seating space between yourself and your co-workers where possible.
Avoid crowding in common areas
12. Try and avoid lunchrooms and common areas during peak periods.
13. Meet outside or in well-ventilated areas.
14. Avoid food sharing.
Use meeting & travel safety measures
15. Use video conferencing for meetings when possible
16. If not possible, hold meetings in open, well-ventilated spaces, or in larger meeting rooms, leaving spaces between attendees.
17. Assess the risks of business travel and determine whether you can meet another way.
18. Consider adjusting or postponing large meetings or gatherings.
19. Try and limit or avoid ridesharing or public transport.
20. If you cannot avoid public transport or rideshare services, be sure to keep windows open where possible maximizing ventilation, and use sanitizer when you exit the vehicle.
What if you feel sick but are not sure whether you have the Coronavirus? What steps should you take?
The CDC has a self-check tool called ‘Clara’, that can help you decide when to call your doctor. All you need to do is answer a few simple questions and learn what you need to do next, so you can protect yourself and others from COVID-19. Access ‘Clara’ here.
Common symptoms include:
• Fever or chills
• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
• Muscle or body aches
• New loss of taste or smell
• Sore throat
• Congestion or runny nose
• Nausea or vomiting
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.
Look for emergency warning signs for COVID-19. If you or someone you know are showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:
• Trouble breathing
• Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
• New confusion
• Inability to wake or stay awake
• Bluish lips or face
If you are a current contractor or employee of PTS Advance, please contact Lauren Luckenbach, People & Culture Manager at Lauren.Luckenbach@PTSadvance.com, or via phone at 949 268 4026. Lauren can advise you on next steps.
Understand your rights as an employee
Should you need to take time off due to contracting the Coronavirus, or need to look after a family member who has contracted the virus, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act has expanded family and medical leave rights for reasons related to coronavirus.
If you do need to take time off, please contact Lauren Luckenbaugh to discuss.
As an employee or contractor of PTS Advance, please ensure you are across our COVID-19 safety policy. All employees and contractors are required to undergo COVID 19 training.
In addition, you can stay up to date with the latest information on COVID-19 and how to protect yourself and others, by visiting the CDC website regularly.
Finally, stay safe and stay healthy!