COVID-19: How to stay safe at your workplace

Posted on: Mon Jul 20 2020

If you’re one of the many workers who may be exposed to COVID-19 during your daily work, here are some simple daily habits to keep you, your family and your colleagues safe when you’re transitioning from home to work and back.

Before going to work

  1. Firstly, it is important to make sure that your immune system is at its best. Avoid going into work altogether if your health is compromised in any way. Inform your supervisor if you or any of your family members are sick, and discuss what action to take next.
  2. If you are healthy and willing to go into work, take the following precautions before leaving your home:
    1. Remove your watch and jewelry.
    2. Wash your hands well; for at least 20 seconds.
    3. Wear a fresh pair mask and gloves.
    4. Disinfect all your belongings that you will be taking with you.
    5. Bring lunch in a disposable bag and your own bottle of water; avoid sharing.
    6. Keep a bottle of hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content and disinfectant wipes in your pocket or bag.

During work

  1. Become alert of cross-contamination, as the virus can stay on any kind of surface for long periods of time.
  2. Keep your mask on at all times; avoid touching your mask or face.
  3. Disinfect your phone, ID badge, eyewear, and any work supplies regularly.
  4. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or use the inside of your elbow.
  5. Perform hand hygiene after touching frequently used objects and surfaces.
  6. Practice physical distancing and avoid using other people’s phones, desks, offices, or other work tools and equipment. Clean and disinfect them before and after use.
  7. Avoid handshakes or any other physical contact.
  8. Disinfect your lunch space before and after eating.

After work

  1. Disinfect your phone, ID badge, eyewear, and any work supplies; leave what you can at work.
  2. Handle possibly contaminated items (shoes, work bag, work clothes) with care.
  3. Leave your work shoes outside the home.
  4. Shower immediately after arriving home and wash your work clothes.
  5. Take a minute to reflect on things that went well; be proud of the work you did.

Remember to think about your personal risk throughout the day. Do you come in contact with a lot of people during the day? Ask yourself, “What can I do to decrease my risk of exposure while I’m at work?” And if there’s any question about whether you’ve come in contact with frequently touched areas, it’s better to be cautious and practice these tips to keep you and your family safe when you come home from work.