After a very long spring and early summer of manufacturing slowdowns and shutdowns, things are starting to get back to normal.
It’s understandable if you still have some nerves about going back to work in a warehouse or other big manufacturing space. Will you be safe? What precautions are in place? How can you do the right things to protect yourself, your family, and your coworkers?
Here are some tips.
- Remember to keep a safe distance between yourself and coworkers as much as possible, and wear a mask when it’s not. The social distance guidance of six feet helps prevent or mitigate the spread of the virus; masks protect the wearer and others from the transmission.
- Use hand sanitizer and wash hands regularly. This is good general hygiene advice anyway; keeping hands clean slows the spread of the virus and keeps surfaces clean.
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow or sleeve. Droplets mostly transmit COVID-19 from people’s mouths; doing all you can to keep any emissions covered and contained.
- If you feel sick – fever, headache, chills, or symptoms similar to having a cold or the flu – stay home and tell your supervisor about your symptoms. They might want you to get tested for COVID.
- If possible, wear gloves to keep your hands clean when touching high-contact surfaces. If that’s not possible, wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer.
- Be prepared to have your temperature taken. More workplaces require all employees to have their temperatures check – with a digital, touch-free thermometer – upon arrival each morning, either in conjunction with or in place of a self-assessment checklist.
Safety Protocols Adopted at Work
Most manufacturing establishments are required to follow government guidelines for keeping employees safe, including maintaining a six-feet (two-meter) safe distance between machines and equipment to slow or stop the spread of COVID-19. There should be clear markings on the floor to demonstrate safe spacing.
It’s also encouraged to stagger breaks, meals, or other times when large numbers of workers would assemble. Some places might stagger shifts or rotate workers to try and limit the number of workers in one area at a time.
Some warehouses or manufacturing sites might also limit the number of guests or clients allowed into the building at a time, and/or install plexiglass shields to protect everyone involved.
Do You Still Have Questions?
If you have any questions about the safety protocols installed by your workplace, talk to your manager or supervisor for more information. If you’re uncomfortable or concerned about the added measures adopted to keep employees safe, raise those concerns as well.
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