Returning to a Safe and Healthy Office Work Environment Blog Series - Blog 2: Office Environment Setup
By Brie DeLisi
Many of us are in the process of shifting back into office environments or considering the appropriate next steps for a safe return to the office. Fortunately, there are a number of steps that can be taken for the physical work environment to ensure employees are kept as safe and healthy as possible. The purpose of these physical work environment adjustments is to ensure employees can be properly distanced to avoid COVID exposures the air and that shared resources limit surface exposures. Considerations should include employee distancing, space resourcefulness, adding structures, air ventilation, shared resources and sanitation.
Employee distancing - ideally employees should be 6-10 feet from one another – consider increasing distances the more employees talk. Some options include:
Space resourcefulness - in order to support employee distancing, make use of all the resources available. Consider the following spaces for redistribution as workstations:
Adding structures - consider adding additional barriers to reduce exposure potential:
Air Ventilation – it is important to consider air ventilation as a resource to limit exposure potential.
Shared Resources – limit the shared items that multiple people can touch throughout the workday:
Sanitation - sanitation measures can be taken by all employees, with added cleanings by housekeeping:
Taking these measures can support a safe workplace for your employees and will reassure them that you care about their wellbeing.
Future blog posts in this series will include:
Read more from this blog series:
BLOG 1: THE NEW NORMAL
BLOG 3: SAFE WORKING PROCEDURES AND PPE
BLOG 4: PREPARATION FOR RETURN - EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT AND COMMUNICATIONS
BLOG 5: REMOTE AND FLEX WORK OPTIONS
BLOG 6: CONTINGENCY PLAN DEVELOPMENT
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