If there is one topic everyone is gravely concerned about in the world right now, it is the Covid-19 crisis (coronavirus). The WHO has declared this global tragedy a pandemic, and several nations are under complete lockdowns. The virus outbreak, which first originated in China, has rattled the international economy—rattling supply chains and closing off entire markets.
In an effort to contain and mitigate the disease, millions of people around the world are living a quarantined life—the schools are closed, the streets are closed, and companies are running virtually. However, for many, who work across industries like healthcare, manufacturing, technology, and retail, working from home is not possible—the show must go on.
We can’t deny the fact that certain types of workers have higher risks of exposure to the deadly virus than other members of the general public. The risks may be potentially elevated for workers who are involved in:
- Airline operations
- Solid waste and wastewater management
- Food Production
- Data Centers
Governments and concerned offices around the world have been publishing lists of prevention and safety measures, encouraging everyone to follow them sincerely and strictly. However, in a workplace akin to the aforementioned list, it is pivotal that organizational efficiency is met in order to ensure everyone’s safety. After all, Covid-19 has a reproduction rate of 2.8, which means that an infected person is likely to transmit the diseases to another 2.8 people. Here’s some tips from our side to help you safely manage the operations in your facility in this difficult hour.
Preparing for the worst-case scenario, companies are advised to train all personnel on any additional method created by the employer for safely handling the materials that are used in the production of final products. It also includes training on the communication procedures between the staff to ensure timely notifications and proper handling. Similarly, it is also advised to use administrative controls that maximize the protectiveness of engineering and mechanical controls. Lastly, manage the workflow in such a way that it restricts the number of personnel working in a concentrated area together.
Safe Work Practices
Introducing a sanitization protocol and making sure it is being implemented is critical at this point. Instruct all staff to wash their hands right after arriving at the work, and then preferably multiple times throughout the day before interacting in communal spaces. Placing automatic sanitizer gel dispensers can also go a long way. Also, make sure to request staff to refrain from shaking hands or performing other similar types of contact. While these little efforts may seem far-fetched, these can be really valuable when it comes to preventing germ transmission. Additionally, if an employee is sick with symptoms associated with the Covid-19 virus, recommend them to stay home and get tested. Ask them to not check in unless they are free of the fever or other signs for at least 24 hours without the use of aliments.
Prevent Influx of Dust
Since Covid-19 is an air-borne virus, it is absolutely important to prevent dust from entering the site from outside. If you are successful in doing so, the risks are minimized by a great percentage without any hassle. There are several strategies that can be undertaken to prevent the dust from coming, but the most popular one is creating airlock zones since they not only stop dust but also regulate the internal warehouse temperature. Use of products such as warehouse strip doors, industrial curtain walls, and clean room curtains can help you achieve that.
Manage Waste Flow
The safety measures implied within the facility become useless if the waste management isn’t carried out efficiently. Ensure that your waste management methods comply with the relevant regulation, and it is in sound condition to handle, store, and dispose of necessary scraps. Pest management is a critical but often overlooked factor when it comes to waste management as facilities are often not equipped with vermin-proof or temperature-controlled storage. Once again, low-cost items like strip doors, air curtains, and rapid doors allow the flow of air but prevent flies, leaves, and birds from entering the area.
Prepare Strategy for Future
We all know that Covid-19 isn’t the world’s first and last pandemic. Looking at the past trends, it isn’t difficult to assume that a next pandemic can be due in a few years. Planning for the future will not only induce your operational efficiency, but will also drastically reduce effects in case of future pandemics. Even more, if your company specializes in the health sector or the food and beverage sector, it will be a good investment to implement systems and automation that can prevent the contamination of harmful bacteria and pathogens.
There is no doubt that a shadow of uncertainty has engulfed our day-to-day life. However, mediated planning and preparation, amplified sanitation practices, and following expert suggestions will be helpful in continuing your business organization or facility in a healthy and uninterrupted way.
To help and support companies that are protecting us from COVID-19, TRAX is fast-tracking projects that aid the medical, health, or pharmaceutical industries. TRAX is also discounting these projects as well as personal protection equipment and protected environments.
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TRAX would like to extend best wishes to everyone across the globe during this difficult period.