How to maintain a safe workspace. As the Covid-19 pandemic is starting to ease across the country, many businesses face the challenge of providing a safe space to their community through workspace measures.
Even when the Centers for Disease Control and Occupational Safety and Health Administration have issued guidelines, there are few legal requirements on how to behave, so here are three things you can incorporate into your workplace´s safety measures:
Create a policy
Policies help to regulate what happens in a specific workplace. When an employee is hired, they have been informed of the procedures. All employees need to agree on the terms of their employment. The same can be applied to your Covid-19 policies. The policies should have the goal of creating a safe space for your workers, customers, and everyone. Considering the complexity of the situation, it is probably a good idea to work with an experienced business attorney.
The most important thing is to have your policy in writing. Be flexible, and make changes as needed.
Assign someone to the ownership of the policy.
You will not be able to do this on your own. Most likely, you will be too busy to be the owner of the policy. So, who is the best person to take ownership? Ideally, it is someone in charge of human resources, but it can be an employee that has an administrative role, or someone who has some authority. This person should be allowed to make changes as needed with the approval of management.
It is not enough to create a policy;, you have to communicate it to your employees and customers. This means posting reminders wherever people can see them, sending frequent emails, messages, and communications. It is essential to explain how these rules help us to increase the probability of people attending them.
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