The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently changed its guidance on face masks to recommend that all Americans wear in public to avoid transmitting the coronavirus to others.
The public health authority is still urging the general public not to wear surgical masks or N95 respirators, which are in short supply, in order to save them for health care workers. But a basic cloth face covering is like grocery stores and pharmacies, where it’s hard to avoid coming into close contact with others.
“Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure,” the CDC says on its website.
The good news is that fashion designers have also risen to the occasion and are fabricating masks for general use. Bu they’re in such high demand that if you order one now, it could be at least a couple weeks before it arrives at your doorstep.
Czech PSA Makes the Case for Face Masks
SOP FOR INDUSTRIAL UNITS
- Make sure workplaces are clean and hygienic at all times
- Clean workspaces and shared items with disinfectants (door handles, copy machines/printers, break rooms, remotes, light switches) three times daily. Surfaces (e.g.desks and tables) and objects (e.g.telephones, keyboards) need to be wiped with disinfectant regularly.
- Place sanitizer at entryways and provide employees with disinfecting wipes
- Put sanitizing hand rub dispensers in prominent places around the work place. Make sure these dispensers are regularly refilled
- Display posters promoting hand-washing, advice may be sought from health authorities
- Make sure that staff, contractors and customers have access to places where they can wash their hands with anti-bacterial soap and water Promote good respiratory hygiene in the workplace
- Ducts of air-conditioning systems must be properly disinfected and cleaned at all times
- Display posters promoting respiratory hygiene. Combine this with other communication measures such as offering guidance from occupational health and safety officers, briefing at meetings and information on the intranet etc.
- Ensure that facemasks and/or paper tissues are available at your workplaces, for those who develop a runny nose or cough at work, along with closed bins for hygienically disposing of them
- Brief your employees, contractors and customers that if COVID-19 starts spreading in your community anyone with even a mild cough or low-grade fever (37.3 C or more) needs to stay at home and report to health authorities
- Reduce office staff to bare minimum
- Reduce office capacity by implementing staggered arrival, departure, and break times
- Modify workstations or stagger hours to increase space between staff, guests, and clients
- Schedule video or phone calls instead of face to face meetings
- Ask delivery drivers to call upon arrival and/or leave items outside the office instead of entering the lobby or reception area
- Place signs on entrances requesting that sick guests do not enter the building
- Practice social distancing by maintaining a 1 meter distance between staff and visitors
- Use alternate greetings such as waving or bowing
- Body temperature of all entering individuals shall be monitored at entry points by dedicated person(s) of the unit along with other symptoms including dry cough, flu, and muscular pains etc.
- Work from home routine should be developed for all employees as much as possible
- Make clear to employees that they will be able to count this time off as sick leave
- All messes & cafeterias to have sufficient space in between seating places in order to discourage people from eating together in groups