Where these guidelines cannot be followed in full, then the business should consider whether that activity needs to continue in order for the business to operate, and if so, they must take all the mitigating actions possible for reduced risk of transmission between staff and employers. These actions include;
Increased frequency of hand washing and cleaning of surfaces
Keeping activity time as short as possible
Implementing screens or barriers so that there is separation between people
Rather than face-to-face contact, use back-to-back or side-to-side working whenever possible.
Allocate one person to each work area. If this is not possible, reduce the number of people that each person comes into contact with by using ‘fixed teams’ or ‘partnering’ – this allows for each person to work with only a few others.
Implement one-way systems within the workplace, by using floor tape, paint, or floor stickers.
Implement signage to remind people that they must keep a 2m distance from others.
Social Distancing Guidelines need to be set out within all parts of a business – not just the main working areas. This includes canteens, offices, entrances, exits, break rooms, corridors, hallways and similar settings. These environments can sometimes be more challenging to comply with guidelines than where your employees spend most of their time. Most importantly, your employees and visitors must be specifically reminded often that there are guidelines in place. This should be done verbally and if possible, with reminder signage put in place throughout the workplace / site.