Slowly but surely, office buildings in San Francisco are starting to reopen, and we are starting to return to work. However, it’s not as if COVID-19 has suddenly ceased to exist, and health in the workplace must remain a top priority. It is up to all of us to do whatever we can to protect ourselves, our coworkers, and our families from COVID-19.
This leads us to the question:
How can you protect yourself while returning to work during COVID-19?
Check Your Office Space
When it comes to returning to work, one of the most important things you can do is check your office space. As noted by the CDC, one of the best things you can do is open windows and get air flowing from the outside as best as possible. Make sure that any office buildings have their HVAC system restarted if they have been shut off, and consult with building owners or other professionals in order to best determine what modifications can be made to HVAC systems.
Control for Hazards in the Workplace
When it comes to maintaining health in the workplace, you should ensure that returning to work during COVID-19 means you are controlling for as many hazards as possible.
- Create physical distance between desks and alter your office layout in order to allow for as much distance between staff, when sitting or walking, as possible.
- Ensure that all staff has adequate access to any necessary personal protective equipment.
- Make sure that your office space is being cleaned on a regular basis.
- Have adequate cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer available.
- Plan for how you will handle it if one of your employees does contract COVID. What will you need to do for your staff before returning to work?
In many cases, your staff may not even need to come in. If it is possible, determine what arrangements you can make to allow for someone to telework permanently. This may mean that you need to adopt more permanent workplace arrangements and procedures, but for your health and theirs, it may be worth it in the end.
Educate Employees and Coworkers
Remember, you simply cannot assume that people will know all of the symptoms of COVID, nor assume that they will know all of the best practices when it comes to minimizing risk and spread. As such, it is vital that you work to educate your staff and coworkers in order to ensure that everyone behaves as responsibly as possible when it comes to risk mitigation and reduction.
Ensure Appropriate Medical Care
Your coworkers and employees will likely be stressed, tired, and scared. Make sure they have access to any physical or emotional care that they may need. This goes beyond the realm of traditional medicine. Stressors, like working from home or general anxiety, may result in your staff needing care. Furthermore, don’t forget that your staff will likely be in pain as a result of working from home and physically needing to adjust to old environments once again. This is where chiropractic care comes in. Chiropractic care can be critical to maintaining and restoring health in the workplace, and you should absolutely encourage your staff to see our chiropractors here in the bay area in order to address a variety of physical pain. Give us a call or book an appointment!