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An infected person can spread the COVID-19 virus when they cough or exhale. When they cough or exhale, these infected droplets fall and can contaminate nearby objects. They can also spread the virus if they cough into their hands and then touch surfaces used by many people like door handles, knobs, and tooling. Healthy individuals will catch the virus when they breathe in the droplets coughed by an infected person, or touch contaminated surfaces and then touch their eyes, nose, or mouth.

According to the world health organisation, COVID-19 can be prevented by implementing the same preventive measures used to stop the spread of colds, flu, and stomach bugs.

 

1. Regularly Clean Surfaces

  • The virus can survive up to 12 hours on metal surfaces such as door handles, knobs, tool drawers etc. Wipe down the surfaces used by many people with hygienic wipes regularly throughout the day

 

2. Encourage Regular Handwashing

  • Display posters outlining good handwashing practices in common areas such as canteens, toilets, and corridors
  • Make sure that staff and customers have access to handwashing stations
  • Ensure handwashing stations are well stocked with anti-bacterial soap as washing with soap and water kills the virus and prevents the spread
  • Place hand sanitizer dispensers throughout the workshop

 

3. Promote Social Distancing

  • Ask employees to refrain from shaking hands with customers as shaking hands can spread the virus
  • Encourage employees to keep 2m from each other, especially from those that display symptoms of cold, flu or mild cough

 

4. Insist on Good Respiratory Hygiene

  • Remind employees to cough into a tissue, dispose of the tissue hygienically in a closed bin, and immediately wash their hands. If they do not have a tissue when they need to cough, they should cough into their elbows
  • If an employee is showing signs of an infection, mild cough, or low-grade fever request that they stay at home and call their GP

 

5. Restrict Business Travel

  • Avoid business travel where possible and conduct meetings via teleconference
  • Closely monitor those that returned from travel for 14 days for signs and symptoms of infection

 

6. Constant Communication

  • Keep communicating and promoting the message of good respiratory hygiene and regular handwashing during daily meetings
  • Display posters reminding employees, customers, and contractors of good respiratory hygiene and regular handwashing. The HSE in Ireland has a host of resources, posters, and leaflets on their website. Similarly, the NHS in the UK has a website dedicated to Covid-19 information.

 

 

7. Implement a Work from Home policy where possible

  • It’s virtually impossible to ask mechanics and fitters to work from home as they need tools, equipment, jacks, and repair bays to conduct their jobs. Where possible, ask office-based employees to work from home and teleconference into any meetings

 

COVID-19 is here and it’s spreading fast. Implementing these simple tactics will help prevent the spread of the virus in our offices and workshops. In addition to implementing these measures, you should develop a business continuity plan for your workshop should someone test positive for COVID-19.

 

How to stay informed:

Find the latest information from WHO on where COVID-19 is spreading:

  • https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/situation-reports/

Advice And guidance from WHO on COVID-19

  • https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019 https://www.epi-win.com/

 

Source: – https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/getting-workplace-ready-for-covid-19.pdf