Best practice for key workers
We’ve been asked to compile solutions of best practice for key workers, so you have this information all in one place. And you know us – you ask and we do! So, here it is…
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A 2m distance around staff is essential. Look at roles and try to distance personnel as much is possible. Where you have workers close together (within 2m) – put temporary screens up between them.
This needs careful management, to reduce the risk. Taking the supermarkets approach and ensuring a one in, one out system in the changing rooms and hand wash stations is a good solution.
Ensure that only one person can sit at each table, to ensure there is sufficient distance between personnel. Sites have extended canteen serving times, so that less people need to be in the canteen at one time.
Add more sanitising gel, at job stations, coming into the canteen, out of the canteen etc.
Ensure that touch surfaces, such as screens and buttons are cleaned and sanitised regularly.
Face masks (updated 6th April)
The virus isn’t air borne and so the benefit of a face mask is limited. The virus has to be on moisture particles to be air borne – e.g. when someone coughs. Therefore, the advice is mixed. Face masks also tend to increase the amount that someone touches their face, so they can have a negative impact. Current practice is to offer them, if employees want to wear them. The NHS is also advising their key workers to also wear eye protection, however they are subjected to direct exposure, so you have to weigh up the benefits.
Section states that “There is very little evidence of widespread benefit from the use of face masks outside of the clinical or care settings, where they play a very important role.”
1st April Update
Employee temperatures (updated 1st April 2020)
In order to take an employees temperature you need to be within 2m of them and also you need the right equipment, which in the food industry we don’t typically have. Therefore, the consensus is that taking employee temperatures is not a good idea. It has also been reported by the Chilled Foods Association that Public Health England is also not advising it (although this has not been publicly published).
Where employees cannot be separated by a distance of 2m, adding screens in between them is a good idea. These can be made of perspex or simple plastic sheeting.
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