Returning to work during the Covid-19 pandemic can be a scary and stress-inducing thought. But by being sensible and taking the right protective measures, you can ensure that you’re keeping yourself and others safe.
As noted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the more closely you interact with others, the longer the duration of that interaction, the greater the risk of Covid-19 spread. Think through the role you have at work – and if you have any doubts about returning, check with your healthcare provider. And when the time comes, here are some additional tips:
- Know your masks – and how to wear them. The CDC recommends that everyone wear masks when they go out. Workers on the front lines require masks called N95 respirators. These are firm, rounded masks that offer a higher level of protection than standard masks. And masks are not effective unless they cover both the nose and mouth.
- See what protection your employer has in place. Find out about their cleaning and sanitizing protocols, as well as procedures for checking temperatures and exposure. Is hand sanitizer readily available and social distancing rules in place? Are extra masks provided in case people forget their own?
- Avoid commuting with others. Check into the safety of any public transportation you use. If you must commute, do so only with people you live with or have been recently tested for Covid-19, and those you share the same values with regarding social distancing and mask-wearing. If you take public transit, bring hand sanitizer or wipes to use on any surface you must touch. Keep your hands off your face.
- Practice social distancing on the job. CDC guidelines call for staying six feet away from others and wearing a mask or face shield. If you have to sit near people, ask for Plexiglass to separate your cubicle or workstation from others. Stay off crowded elevators. Remember to maintain social distancing in break rooms, especially if people are eating and remove their masks.
- Sanitize your workspace. Have sanitizers and cleaning supplies handy. Avoid touching handrails and other surfaces whenever possible. Wash your hands properly and often – and always after you do have to touch something.
- Create a safe team environment. Ask your coworkers to collaborate with you. Have them remind you if you touch your face or do something else that may be unsafe- and you can do the same for them. You can beat this thing together!
- If you have concerns, speak to your employer. Don’t be confrontational, but do express them. Remember: it’s for everyone’s good. Try to include not just your concerns, but also suggestions or recommendations. Take a constructive, positive approach.
For more ideas on improving your job or workplace, or advancing your career, contact PrideStaff Modesto today. Industries we specialize in include administrative, warehousing, manufacturing, skilled labor, and finance and accounting. And stay safe!