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The workplace should be a safe place where all employees feel protected while working.

With COVID-19 affecting businesses across the world, let alone the whole of the UK, ensuring that the work environment is abiding by government regulations has never been more critical.

With so many aspects of the workplace to consider, here at ANY Weld, we choose our top five, which we feel are the more likely to ensure worker safety.

The Importance of Workplace Hygiene

What hygiene procedures are required and how the hygiene equipment is used will vary in each workplace and will also depend on the types of operations taking place.

However, some basic hygiene principles should be implemented in all work places, and encouraged across industries even without the threatening presence of COVID-19.

The Impact of COVID-19

In terms of the coronavirus, it is essential to keep up to date with the government advice and guidelines issued on their website. Each industry will vary on the necessary procedures to ensure their business is safely open for employees and other members of the general public.

Here at ANY Weld, our tips are to be used as a general hygiene guide while ensuring that any applicable government regulations are being followed in regards to coronavirus.

Ensure Plenty of Hygiene Facilities are Available

Let’s begin by ensuring all employees in the work environment have access to adequate hygiene facilities. For anyone returning to the work environment, it is integral that all parts of the building offer sanitising stations. This means upon both the entrance and exit of the site, as well as in the workspace itself.

Any onsite toilets especially need to ensure that they have these sanitising facilities, as well as supplying soap.

Other readily accessible hygiene products or equipment you may want to consider in the workplace may include:

• Anti-bacterial surface sprays or wipes,
• Face masks or visors,
• Gloves,
• Screens.

Monitor Hygiene Dispensers

It is essential that the quantities of sanitiser and soap, and any other hygiene facilities, are also regulated.

Whether an outsourced cleaning company regularly completes this task, or for smaller businesses, a responsible employee is in charge of ensuring soap and sanitiser are at hand.

Implement Clear Hygiene Procedures

A person using hand sanitiser

Each workplace must implement any suitable hygiene procedures to protect employees while in the work environment. These procedures need to be thoroughly planned and clear for employees to follow.

Again, this will vary from establishment to establishment, and any food businesses will need to ensure food protocols are always thoroughly performed.

Offer Education and Training

Successfully communicating your hygiene procedures to employees is probably one of the most important steps in the process of creating a hygienic workplace.

Creating a fantastic and thorough hygiene plan is useless unless effectively explained to and acted upon by those who matter.

It is essential to offer any necessary training to employees, so they know what is happening, understand why it is vital to the workplace and acknowledge what is required of them.

Training employees is more than just walking through the steps with them and is more effective when the reasons behind the procedures are clearly explained. Without any education or training, any hygiene measures may not be efficiently followed.

Use Posters as Reminders

It is easy to forget small practises, especially when newly introduced to them, so an informative poster can go a long way in ensuring procedures are followed through.

Encourage On-the-Go Cleaning

Keeping on top of hygiene throughout the workday is hugely useful when trying to ensure the general cleanliness of the establishment is maintained. By making cleaning products and equipment readily available, it is a sure way to keep on top of the general sanitation of an area.

Enforce Dedicated Eating Areas

A packed lunch on a table

Desk dining is renowned for being unhygienic. The desk space accumulates many germs, more than you may think. It is estimated that around 21,000 forms of bacteria can harbour on your work surface per square inch.

With this information in mind, ensuring employees have a safe and devoted dining space during lunch is in the best interests of them and other work colleagues. During times of coronavirus, this is especially important and ensuring that adequate social distancing measures are put in place in dining areas is also vital.

Consider Surfaces in the Workspace

On the point of ensuring work surfaces are kept as hygienic as possible, it may be worth reviewing what some of the regularly touched facilities are created from. It is known that 80% of infections are shared through touch, and some surfaces can harbour these germs for more than three days.

ANY Weld are established as steel fabricators in the UK and are also responsible for creating and administering infection control handrails. Our HYGI Rail is clinically confirmed to kill 99.99% of bacteria within minutes. For more information, take a look at the benefits of our HYGI rail.

If you are interested in using HYGI-Rail for your current commercial or residential space, or you would like to include them in your future project, please do not hesitate to get in contact. Give us a call on 01271 860794 or email us at [email protected].