[FAQ] How Organizations Should Mitigate the COVID19 Spread Risk!

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As the COVID19 Pandemic takes a toll on businesses and cities shut down, several have announced safety measures and tips in order to mitigate the risk. Several others have shut down operations and are working remotely for the safety of their employees and clients.

Keeping this in mind, Safety4Sea has compiled an exhaustive list of things to be done if you want to reduce the risk of coronavirus disease spread risk.

Let’s take a look at it.

Always Follow WHO Guidelines

1.COVID-19 follow-up

Organizations should monitor and advise their stakeholders about the COVID-19 developments and any potential disruption within their operations via social media channels, emails and teleconferences

2. Opt for remote working

If possible, working remotely is recommended, since many nations have announced measures, promoting the #StayHome trend. Also, try limit personal contact and business meetings.

3. Hand-washing posters

Generally, posters work as a fruitful means to spread any message. Use posters to remind your employees of frequently washing their hands, so they don’t forget.

Recently, BIMCO published three posters that could be used onboard vessels so that seafarers and any visitors coming onboard are made aware of the precautions to be taken in order to fight against the spread of this disease.

4. Employee helpline

Stress and doubt are at the top of everyone’s ‘’feelings agenda,” given the rapid spread of the news about COVID-19 and surrounding uncertainty. Always keep in mind that employers need to feel secure; Therefore, providing an employee helpline to assist staff with advice is a good idea to help them maintain a mental wellbeing.

5. No handshake policy

As according to WHO the coronavirus can be spread through contact, it is of great importance to implement a ‘no handshake policy’ to ensure that there is no physical touch between employees or visitors.

6. Frequent cleaning and disinfecting surfaces

Cleaning and disinfecting procedures are crucial steps to mitigate the spread of the virus. Consequently, keep in mind to frequently clean surfaces such as doors, phones, desks and devices.

According to CDC, disinfecting works by using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs. But killing germs remaining on a surface after cleaning further reduces any risk of spreading infection.

7. Provide COVID-19 prevention supplies

Provide COVID-19 prevention supplies at your organization, such as soap, hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, sanitized tissues, trash baskets, and a couple of disposable facemasks, just in case someone becomes sick during an event.

8. Keep distance

It is important to maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between others

9. Plan potential staff absences

Plan for staff absences by developing flexible attendance and sick-leave policies. Also, it is recommended to plan for alternative coverage, and monitor and track COVID-19 related staff absences.

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Source: Safety4Sea

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