First Aid 101: Keep Your Office COVID-19 Safe

When companies tentatively open their doors as the threat of COVID-19 decreases, it’s important for the health and safety of employees that proper cleaning and sanitising procedures are introduced. With the danger of person-to-person transmission through coughing or infected droplets on surfaces, it’s crucial to be aware of the right hygiene steps to follow, so that staff remain safe and avoid transmitting infection to colleagues, family or friends. To better ensure your workplace remains COVID-19 safe, we’ve provided a list of tips entitled First Aid 101.

Office Sanitising Procedures

It’s vital to be implementing sanitising procedures in your office on a daily basis during the COVID-19 pandemic. Before undertaking any cleaning, employees must be wearing disposable gloves. All surfaces should be wiped down with soapy water, followed by paper towels and disinfectant or disinfectant wipes. With high-touch surfaces, such as doors, elevator buttons, phones, sinks and taps, cleaning needs to be done at regular intervals throughout the day.

When it comes to cleaning your electronic equipment — including tablets, laptops, desktops, keyboards and remotes — be careful to use specialised electronic wipes, so you don’t damage the surfaces.

Staff Hygiene Procedures

Most of us had good hygiene principles drummed into us by our parents from an early age. Unfortunately, these principles sometimes slip when juggling professional and personal commitments as adults. Taking the time to properly clean your hands for 20 seconds after going to the bathroom, after mealtimes, or even when moving between floors using lifts, can help to stop the transmission of COVID-19 in your workplace. If it makes it any easier to remember how long to clean your hands, it takes 20 seconds to sing the “Happy Birthday” song, although we recommend doing it quietly to avoid your workmates thinking you might be losing your mind!

Put up signage in the office, kitchen and bathrooms reminding staff to wash their hands regularly. Providing sanitiser and antibacterial spray is essential for maintaining a hygienic environment. Make sure staff use their own utensils, plates and cups for meals and leave antibacterial wipes next to the sink, coffee machine and water filter to help with keeping these areas sanitary.

Staff Safety Procedures & First Aid

It’s important to ensure all of your first aid staff are trained to recognise the symptoms of Covid-19, to help avoid transmission in your workplace and follow the right steps to isolate and arrange for treatment for anyone infected. Other safety measures include keeping desks at least 1.5 metres apart and having screens installed between desks.

If you would like to arrange first aid training for your staff to increase their safety during COVID-19, contact Australia Wide First Aid on 07 3437 7500. Our cutting-edge first aid courses are delivered by the very best trainer assessors the industry has to offer.

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