Do you ever get that feeling that the things we took for granted are now something special? Maybe they always were, but we just didn’t realize. Things like stepping into an elevator (thank you, Elijah Otis) or pausing at a watercooler (thank you, Luther Haws). Now, some parts of the world face secondary peaks of infection from Covid-19. Others see the illness spreading quickly for the first time. Never has it been so important to stay healthy. Here’s how you help your employees do exactly that.
1. Think healthy, live healthy
This will seem obvious but do it anyway: find out exactly what local guidelines are, cross-check them with advice from the World Health Organisation and make sure your practices at work match the very highest standards for your context. Encourage your teams to live healthily, with enough exercise and fresh air to remain focused while they’re at work. Encourage your employees to eat healthily and - this is vital – get enough sleep. It’s well known that lack of sleep makes us more vulnerable to infection, so ‘night owls’ who have to be at work early probably need to adjust their timetables.
2. Make it easy for new routines to become habits
Coronavirus (Covid-19) spreads through droplets of moisture exhaled by an infected person, or by surfaces they or those droplets have touched. So, maintaining the locally advised safe distance is important, as is frequent and thorough washing of hands. And with increased uses of restrooms for hand washing, make sure the restrooms themselves are also kept spotlessly clean. They will need cleaning several times a day – more than the evening clean that we’re mostly used to.
As well as hand washing, make it easy for people to used hand sanitizer. Set up plenty of sanitizer stations so they don’t become crowded, and make sure these are kept clean too. Make sure visitors to your building wash their hands and use sanitizer just like everyone else. And be careful that visitors don’t just wander around chatting – this can be hard, but the fewer additional sources of possible contamination there are, the better. With Covid-19, one of the real challenges is that there are so many asymptomatic carriers. People who look and feel 100% healthy can be infected, so extra caution is needed in everything we do.
3. Be the example
As an employer, bend over backwards to make sure employees can do these things easily – and set a good example by doing the right thing yourself. Nothing will devalue the message more than if you don’t do what you’re expecting your staff to do. If this means using sanitizer gel every time you walk past a sanitizer station, do it, very visibly. If this means keeping six feet of distance, do it right every single time.
Make sure you tell your teams what you are doing to help them stay healthy. If you have employed someone new to spend their day disinfecting door handles, make sure everyone knows – first to ensure the cleaner gets the respect they deserve, but then to drive home the message that cleanliness is really important.
4. Get the right equipment
If some of your workforce need to work closely together, make sure they have the equipment they need. This could be gloves and facemasks, or full PPE if that is appropriate. For someone working in a high traffic area, provide a good surface cleaner, so tabletops and equipment can be cleaned easily and effectively. Be generous when ordering equipment. We are in this for the long haul, so you are unlikely to be left with unused stock. And to be left without enough sanitizer, cleaning equipment or PPE could put your entire staff at risk.
Some of this advice may seem a little ‘over the top’ but think about the numerous outbursts of Covid-19 that there have been on farms, in factories and in meat processing plants. Doing things properly may slow down some things, but the aim is to keep your employees safe and healthy. This will help your business be safe and thrive. You’ll have a business with a future and your employees will have jobs and an income to support their families. Seems like a good compromise.
5. Find a reliable supplier of hygiene products
With the extra expense required, it’s tempting to get your new supplies as cheaply as possible. This is a natural and healthy instinct, but don’t cut corners. If your next order of 50 x 5-liter bottles of hand sanitizer seems too good to be true, that’s probably the case – it may well be substandard and quite possibly made with industrial alcohol instead of ethanol or isopropyl alcohol (IPA). To be effective, the sanitizer must contain at least 60% ethanol or 70% IPA by volume.
Choosing a good supplier is important for two reasons. First, it guarantees that your organization will have reliable products when you really need them. Second, supporting genuine producers will gradually squeeze out the crooks. There are lots of profiteers trying to take advantage of the sudden demand for goods such as hand sanitizer, cleaning wipes, or surface cleaners; often with counterfeit products that are useless or even dangerous. As with everything else your business does, staying healthy is worth doing properly.
Kingly Ltd. produces and sells a wide range of hygiene products to help you and your workforce stay healthy. Products include hand sanitizer gel guaranteed to contain 80% ethanol (and a selection of free-standing sanitizer stations), surface wipes, and their Deep Clean surface cleaner based on the highly acclaimed Lerasept® FP 408, proven as an effective virucide against enveloped viruses including Coronavirus (Covid-19). It can be used regularly and reliably in a wide range of applications without the risk of resistance.
Kingly produce a broad range of brandable hygiene packs, ideal for re-enforcing corporate identity and as a thank you to loyal customers. Kingly produces all its goods within the EU. Kingly products are routinely tested in a strict quality control regime.