Due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) epidemic that threatens the whole world together with our country, we try to stay in our homes to protect our health and the health of those around us. Experts emphasize the importance of social isolation to prevent the epidemic, but some important occupational groups, unable to apply home-based work methods are forced to work in the workplace.
Professionals such as healthcare professionals, pharmacists, bankers, and transport workers ensure that the flow of products and services that are important to all of us is uninterrupted. In this article, we examined the measures taken by employees who have to go to work every day to protect their health and not endanger those around them.
It is very important to take basic precautions such as being at least 1 meter away from those around us, washing our hands frequently, using disinfectants when there is no toilet nearby, and not touching our faces.
Disinfecting the workplace as soon as you arrive at work can be one of the most effective ways to ensure daily cleaning. Regular and bulk contact surfaces or materials should be disinfected regularly, and you must wash your hands or use disinfectant wipes when touching these surfaces and materials. For this reason, we recommend storing products such as disposable wipes and disinfectants where you can easily access them when you need them.
Care should be taken to avoid crowds in general work areas. Meetings and events that require a large number of people to come together should be held or canceled in a virtual environment. At the same time, you should avoid physical contact with other employees or customers, such as shaking hands and hugging. You need to make sure that the work area where you are alone or with more than one person is ventilated frequently.
If there is no place to eat in a hygienic and safe environment at the workplace, we may suggest you to bring your food from home. If you prefer to eat in the workroom or outside, be sure to wash your hands before and after meals. When paying for food orders, pay by card or online if possible to ensure minimal contact.
For occupational groups who are not in direct contact with patients and people with virus, it is sufficient to provide hand disinfection and physical distance. Those who have to use public transport to commute to work during the epidemic should also be very careful and take various precautions during their travels. Since hundreds of people come in contact with vehicles every day, the potential for carrying the virus is very high.
Public transportation with as few passengers and not crowded as possible should be preferred. You should stay away from other people as possible inside the vehicle and touch the objects inside as little as possible. Therefore, avoid touching the handles and poles in public transport as much as possible. If you have to travel on foot, you need to create a barrier between the surface and the hand with disposable wipes. As soon as you get out of the vehicle, you should throw away the towel you use and provide hand hygiene with disinfectant. As soon as you get home, you should change your clothes and wash them at a high temperature.