Preparing for COVID-19 Workplace Safety During Winter

COVID-19 workplace safety is straightforward and easy to achieve… when it’s warm outside. Because much of COVID-19 workplace safety involves taking tasks outdoors or leaving windows open for airflow, the temperature dropping kind of puts a wrench in things. So, how do we prepare for workplace safety when it’s cold or snowing out?

HEPA Air Purifiers

The first step is considering the installation of HEPA air purifiers. HEPA filters can filter out airborne viruses. While this won’t remove the risk of catching COVID-19 entirely, it can make a significant drop in chances for spread.

Installing HEPA air purifiers in any workplace is a great idea right now, but especially in work environments with other air pollutants. Do you own a factory, construction shop, or any other manufacturing facility where particles are in the air? If so, your employees can only benefit from an air purifier. They’ll be useful even after COVID-19 is no longer a threat.

Isolated Work Areas

Next up, consider isolated work areas. While these are good year round, they’re extra necessary without the ability to leave windows open all day. Using tents to cordon off indoor work spaces is a great way to cut down on spread risk. If an employee is unknowingly infected, they’re unlikely to spread COVID-19 to peers if they’re all working in separate areas, separated by barriers. Infected particulates breathed into the air will have nowhere to go.

Consistent Mask Usage

Even easier than putting up barriers – enforce employee mask usage. Consistent and effective mask usage means:

Regular Hand Washing

It’s easy to become more lax about hand washing after over a year of dealing with COVID-19. The immediate urgency of hand hygiene has long-since left most of us. However, continuing to wash your hands is more important than ever. Not only do we need to do so to prevent the spread of COVID-19 between work areas, our immune systems are also less effective at holding off common colds than before the coronavirus. Prevent the spread of germs by washing your hands before and after you eat, before and after starting work, and every time you use the restroom.

Sanitizing Work Areas

Finally, ensure work areas are sanitized with 70% isopropyl alcohol at least twice a day, at the beginning and end of the work day. Ideally, areas should be sanitized throughout the work day as well. This is especially necessary if working anywhere with the public, such as customer service jobs.