How to Keep You & Your Family Safe While Working During COVID
Posted September 25th, 2020
As reopening efforts continue across the country, more professionals are heading back to their workplaces. As a result, they take on additional exposure risk, spending their days interacting with more people than they may if they were still working from home.
If you’re heading out to work during COVID-19, taking steps to ensure you and your family’s safety is a must. There are things you can do to reduce your chances of exposure, decreasing the odds that you’ll bring the virus home when your shift is over. If you want to know how you can limit your risk, here are some tips that can help.
Practice Good Hygiene and Cleanliness
Good hygiene is a critical step for keeping yourself safe. Washing your hands regularly or using hand sanitizer, particularly after interacting with shared surfaces, does make a difference. Similarly, avoiding touching your face is smart, decreasing the odds that you’ll get infected if your hand happens to come in contact with the virus.
Similarly, cleanliness is an important part of the equation. Regularly sanitizing surfaces, especially high-contact items like doorknobs and elevator buttons, can help. Ensuring trash cans are routinely emptied could make a difference, particularly those holding items like food or drink containers, used tissues, and other things that may temporarily hold the virus.
Wear Your PPE
Masks can help slow the spread of COVID-19. If everyone in a workplace wears one, they are reducing the chances of giving others the virus if they happen to have it and aren’t yet aware.
By wearing your PPE, you are ensuring you don’t accidentally make others sick and are setting a good example. If everyone follows suit, you end up working together to promote everyone’s health.
Don’t Bring Personal Items to Work
When you place personal items on shared surfaces or in high-traffic areas, you increase the chances that they will become contaminated. Then, when you pick it up at the end of the day or during a break, you may pick up the virus from it.
Ideally, you want to keep your phone, lunch bag, purse, or similar items away from others. If you do have to bring it in, disinfect it before touching it.
Change Your Clothes and Shoes After Work
While the risk of transmitting the coronavirus on your clothing or shoes is minimal, if you are at high risk of exposure, changing before you get home might be a smart move. At worst, it’s overly cautious, but the extra step generally won’t introduce a new risk, making it worth considering.
Have a change of clothes and shoes available. Then, bag up your work clothes until they can be sanitized. Most laundry detergents will do the trick, as well as using the warmest setting the material allows.
Give Us a Call to Learn More
Ultimately, by following the tips above, you can reduce your risk and increase the odds that you and your family will remain safe. If you’d like to find out more, the team at Bayside Solutions can help. Contact us today.