Coronavirus demarcation of workplaces, examples of good practice

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May 1, 2020 Posted by Roger Hart

As we consider the return to our workplaces the issue of demarcation and social distancing becomes more and more relevant.  We all realise that the current lockdown and furlough situation is not sustainable in the longer terms and we must make efforts to adapt our lives and workplaces to fit in with a ‘new normal’

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The businesses which we support operate across multiple sectors from construction through to industrial. Each sector will have its own challenges and concerns and we have already started to address the construction sector by issuing COVID and social distancing RAMS and other supporting documents.  If you’re a support client under our Safety~net competent person service please get in touch with us for a copy of these documents and to get specific support.

Below we are concentrating on examples which would suit our manufacturing clients including their office spaces, welfare areas and stores.  This information is part of a larger risk management map which we are issuing to clients to allow them to plan their response and re-occupation of their workplaces.  Supporting documents are available including signage, daily checklists, toolbox talks, risk assessment and so on.  More are being developed each week and retained clients will be receiving these materials through email, if you need a copy please contact us.

Demarcation for COVID, examples of good practice

The key issue here relates to maintaining the 2-metre rule for social distancing.  Clients may have sufficient room for this within the workplace but there will be inevitable choke points within your premises and it is important to identify and manage these, examples being;

  • Reception areas – no contact, have sanitiser ready
  • Signing in and out – remove biometric and paper sign-in, prop doors open if possible
  • Clocking in and out – non-contact options to be explored, facial recognition being trialled
  • Stores and receipt and despatch of goods – drivers not to pass paperwork, use email or PO check off, driver stays in vehicle
  • Welfare areas including
    • Toilets – single access?
    • Canteens – remove chairs to reduce capacity, stagger breaks, keep teams together
    • Shared fridges – all staff bring in food with no trips to supermarkets, Tupperware containers cleaned and marked with name, removed at shift end
    • Water coolers – remove or sanitise regularly
  • Office kitchens – common contact points, review usage
  • Main entry and exit routes, walkways – one-way system marked to reduce contact potential
  • Muster areas in case of fire – consider your arrangements
  • Office desks – maintain distances, clear at end of the day for wipe down
  • Materials Handling Equipment – single user with clean down inc charging points

Using hazard tape or similar is established good practice for showing the distance required between people in the workplace, see below for examples.

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