Six measures every employer should be ready to adopt to get Britain working

Disinfecting an office

With organ­i­sa­tions prepar­ing to see more and more staff return­ing to their places of work over the com­ing weeks, many ques­tions have been raised about how to make offices, shops, fac­to­ries and con­struc­tion sites safer from the threat of an invis­i­ble virus.

Unsur­pris­ing­ly, we have seen a surge of enquiries and demand from employ­ers regard­ing what mea­sures they need to take to both ensure their staff’s safe­ty, and also to com­ply with gov­ern­ment guide­lines” says David Wormald, a Direc­tor of Europe’s lead­ing secu­ri­ty and safe­ty spe­cial­ist, VPS UK. Our Covid-19 response team have devel­oped a sys­tem tar­get­ed at employ­ers to help sup­port them man­age the return to work with a solu­tion com­pris­ing six prac­ti­cal steps”

  1. Prop­er­ty Inspec­tions — Know what the prob­lem is before you pre­pare to tack­le it. Use the exper­tise of inspec­tors to check and eval­u­ate your sites; their eye for detail will iden­ti­fy require­ments and make sure the work­places are com­pli­ant and free from defects; request a full check­list report, with high-def­i­n­i­tion evi­den­tial imagery.
  2. Deploy a spe­cial­ist dis­in­fec­tion clean­ing ser­vice - Help alle­vi­ate employ­ees’ fear and anx­i­ety of infec­tion upon return­ing to work, with a dis­in­fec­tion mist­ing ser­vice. This fills areas with fine mist of dis­in­fect­ing par­ti­cles, leav­ing an anti-viral residue for up to sev­en days. It is suit­able for areas con­tain­ing elec­tron­ics found in offices, call cen­tres, and vehi­cles, and typ­i­cal­ly takes about two hours per office with the room ready to use in ten minutes.
  3. Social Dis­tanc­ing Sig­nage and Screens - install social dis­tanc­ing sig­nage that show required direc­tion of trav­el, dis­tanc­ing and queue loca­tions, espe­cial­ly around places where staff might gath­er, like cof­fee machines and kitchen areas. Per­spex screens can also be fitted to cre­ate bar­ri­ers between desks, at point of sale & recep­tion sites.
  4. Body Tem­per­a­ture detec­tors – Installing a body tem­per­a­ture mea­sure­ment sys­tem will not only help keep staff safe, but will pro­vide a sig­nif­i­cant reas­sur­ance to them that the man­age­ment of the return to work has been han­dled with their safe­ty as a top pri­or­i­ty. This uses the lat­est in ther­mal cam­era tech­nol­o­gy paired with AI-enabled mon­i­tor­ing, for ful­ly con­tact-less, accu­rate and fast fever detec­tion which can be inte­grat­ed into a wide array of sites. Cam­eras can be mount­ed on walls, ceil­ings or tripods, to make them extreme­ly easy to install and able to be deployed rapidly.
  5. Safe and secure access for all staff - Revised busi­ness oper­a­tions may mean you need to close sites, which could require addi­tion­al secu­ri­ty, lock changes or goods moved to anoth­er loca­tion. Use Blue­tooth Smart Doors and oth­er remote access solu­tions that allow entry for autho­rised per­son­nel only, to sup­port busi­ness con­ti­nu­ity, and also lone work­er mon­i­tor­ing to help sup­port their safe­ty as well as social dis­tanc­ing protocols.
  6. Com­pli­ance Inspec­tions – don’t just rely on a one-off inspec­tion and instal­la­tion of prod­ucts and ser­vices. Car­ry out week­ly inspec­tions, includ­ing pho­to­graph­ic records, to help ensure social dis­tanc­ing mea­sures are being adhered to on site. Using spe­cial­ist soft­ware, trained inspec­tors can upload these reports in real time to be instant­ly accessible.