Health and safety at work has taken on a much different meaning as we deal with COVID-19. Business owners across the country are investing in workplace safety and sanitation measures to keep staff safe, keep the environment as clean as possible, and to make the return to work go smoothly for staff. If you’re unsure about what you can do to improve the overall health and hygiene of your workplace, your commercial architect can give you guidance.
How can I make my workplace safer and cleaner?
- Hand-washing infrastructure: As people are advised to remain at least six feet apart at all times, and wash their hands more frequently, your workplace may need to improve its hand-washing infrastructure in order to accommodate more frequent use, and to allow people to remain at a safe distance. While space can be an issue, your architect can evaluate your space and design appropriate hand-washing facilities.
- Industrial hygiene: Things like air quality, light quality, noise levels, and ergonomic comfort are all part of industrial hygiene. We know that air flow and ventilation is essential to slow down the spread of COVID-19, and during these stressful times, employers should evaluate all aspects of industrial hygiene to ease stress and tension as much as possible.
- Hygiene control: Masks, face shields, gloves, and other pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) should be available to staff at all times while they’re at work, and you need to implement rules stating that staff must wear the appropriate PPE while they’re on the property. We understand it can be inconvenient, but wearing PPE is crucial in preventing the transmission of COVID-19.
- Sanitation of toilets and common areas: It’s not possible to kill all bacteria while manually cleaning, and because toilets and common areas are used so frequently, you may be interested in installing automated cleaning systems in and around areas of frequent use.
Commercial architecture promotes a safe workplace
Many business owners are having to rethink and redesign their workplaces as people begin returning to the office. Your staff’s health and safety is the number one priority, and a trusted commercial architect can work with you to design a space that prioritizes hygiene. While going back to work can seem scary as we continue dealing with the impact of COVID-19, a smartly-designed office building can keep everyone safe and keep the environment as hygienic as possible.
For more information about how we can help you enhance your workplace health and safety, or if you have any questions about our commercial architecture capabilities, please contact us today. We look forward to hearing from you.