The coronavirus pandemic continues to shake the nation and the world, and during this time it is important to remain alert and stay on top of protocols. Whether we experience another round of closures or not, workplace safety is critical to limit the spread of disease and protect the health of employees and clients.
Warehousing and logistics involve moving inventory from hand to hand or delivering goods to destinations. This risks exposure for workers, especially in times where they are away from the workplace or are in enclosed spaces. Maintaining protocols for workplace safety is absolutely essential to reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19. Learn more below.
Create A Workplace Plan
As of November 19, 2020, CDC Guidelines specifically for warehousing employers recommend that management should have a plan in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace. The CDC notes that employers should be aware of how the virus spreads and take action to prevent it, such as:
- Close contact (within about 6 feet) with other people, which can include customers, coworkers, contractors, and truck drivers.
- Touching or handling frequently touched surfaces and equipment, and then touching their face, mouth, nose, or eyes.
The California Department of Public Health has reported on warehouses and logistics facilities regulations in particular. They noted that “people in California must wear face coverings when they are engaged in work, whether at the workplace or performing work off-site.” You can find more information about these regulations here.
Ensure Workers Follow Protocols
Having your workplace safety plan in place is the first step. The second step is to ensure that your workers are following the regulations you have implemented. Social distancing should be enforced while on the premises and inside the facility. Require your workers to wash their hands or use sanitizer between the use of shared equipment. Remind them to avoid sharing personal items like phones, work tools, or equipment whenever possible. Incorporate time for employees to complete cleaning practices during their shift, as these tasks should be part of their daily routine. Most importantly, your workers should be encouraged to go home or stay home if they feel sick.
Have Strict Disinfecting Guidelines
Having strict cleaning protocols is critical for high traffic areas your employees use throughout the day. Disinfecting break rooms, lunch areas, and changing areas should be a top priority, as well as passive areas such as stairways, handrails, and elevator controls. Keeping delivery vehicles and equipment clean is also recommended. Before and after delivery, ensure vehicles are carrying additional sanitation materials during deliveries, and use clean personal protective equipment for each delivery.
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