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May 2020

How to gear up your office for COVID-19 safety

Written by Bakang Kganyago
Workplace Hygiene, Coronavirus Insights

This week has seen more people returning to work, thanks to the recent announcement of our lockdown moving from risk level 5 to 4, which will allow for a gradual and phased recovery of the economy, and a welcome relief to many families around the country.

However, during this period, companies should take special care with regards to the safety of their colleagues, as the risks of Covid-19 spreading are still high. 

We have formulated a quick checklist to help you ensure that your office is hygienic before you open up for business again. These tips will help prevent the spread of the virus and help keep your employees safe during this time.

Office Behaviour Checklist:

  • Ensure social distancing is practised at all times. This includes awareness sessions around the topic and adjusting all work spaces, desks etc to ensure maximum compliance with national social distancing guidelines.

  • Ensure that those who can work from home continue to do so to help manage office health and safety.

  • Have a screening and “vulnerable persons” declaration process for employees and visitors.

Important Hygiene Products & Services Checklist:

Other Top Tips:

  • Put up hand hygiene posters around the office to help educate and remind staff to practice good hand hygiene.

  • Have social distancing tape around areas such as the office printer, water cooler, coffee machine, canteen and kitchen as a constant reminder for colleagues.

  • Update your sick leave policy to ensure employees stay home when they aren’t feeling well. This is not the time for presenteeism!

Incorporating these tips will help the business ensure that employees work in an environment where they feel protected and will go a long way in mitigating the spread of Coronavirus.

For more information on the Covid-19 and how to keep your office safe please visit take a look at our Coronavirus information page here. You can also download the steps above in a handy checklist.

Bakang Kganyago

Bakang Kganyago

Bakang is a Digital Marketing Executive for Rentokil Initial. A germaphobe at heart, he's passionate about learning and sharing insights on how to defeat the enemy we cannot see. Join his journey as he writes about the impact of germs in our daily lives.

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