The whole world has been on edge lately. For many across the globe, online businesses have become a lifeline as the novel coronavirus disease forces quarantine and isolation.
This novel coronavirus disease, popularly known as COVID-19, is a respiratory disease that is transmitted through physical contact of an infected area or person to another. Tiny droplets that carry the virus live on high traffic areas and exposed surfaces for up to 24 hours. Meanwhile, it lasts up to three to four days for plastic and stainless steel materials. Also proven to be fatal in most cases, it is, without a doubt, causing great fear and panic to many people.
With the effort to socially distance, all while jeopardizing their health to do so, warehouse employees in the time of this crisis have become a key frontline in the industry. Hence, keeping your warehouse COVID-free is the least that you could do to protect the safety and health of your most valuable asset – your staff.
Better known as social distancing, this simple yet effective tactic helps keep everyone within the area safe and away from the virus. This may be challenging in certain warehouse operations, situations, and activities, but it is definitely a key measure in helping minimize the risk of contracting COVID-19.
Limit physical contact and interactions between your warehouse staff and other persons by following these measures:
- Employees who can work from home (like the office staff) should work from home
- Postpone unnecessary training and other gatherings that promote having large crowds
- Split your workers’ shifts to reduce the number of people working onsite at a given time
- Spread out furniture and other equipment in high traffic and common areas
- Limit or completely eliminate any trippings or visitors to warehouses for the time being
Perform Health Checks
Keeping your warehouse COVID-free requires you to take necessary measures and precautions like performing regular health checks on your staff. The health of your workers should be checked for any symptoms, like fever. Direct your warehouse staff to report to you if:
- They experience any symptoms.
- They have potentially been exposed to a person who has been diagnosed with COVID-19.
- They have any travel history from a country with COVID-19 cases.
Disinfecting your warehouse – whether or not it has been exposed to the virus – is probably the most critical measure to undertake. Our warehouse properties follow a specific protocol of disinfection to contain the virus and keep it from spreading across high traffic surfaces like forklifts, racks, and other equipment. Here are a few effective ways you can disinfect your facility:
- Use alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol content
- Wipe down high traffic areas and surfaces with Lysol or homemade bleach solutions
- Reduce the number of touchpoints for your workers
- Dry items or equipment completely
Above all else, make sure your workers practice proper hygiene at all times. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for about 20 seconds, and never cough or sneeze without covering your mouth. This, too, shall pass. Stay safe, everyone!
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