A look and some preventative options to keep your employees safe from the spread of COVID-19.
As the entire world adjusts to the new normal of socially distancing themselves from each other to help prevent the spread of the novel Coronavirus strain COVID-19, the industries remaining in production face a unique challenge: how can you encourage or enable social distancing while allowing for normal production procedures to remain in place? If production line stations are three feet apart and the line cannot be moved, what can a manager do to ensure their staff’s safety and health?
Good sanitation goes a long way. As researchers have shown, the COVID-19 virus can live on some hard surfaces (like stainless steel and plastic) for up to 72 hours. By constantly wiping surfaces with disinfectants like bleach solutions or 70% isopropyl alcohol, a certain level of safety is possible. Add the perennially good habit of frequent hand washing and a production facility is even better-poised to weather the COVID-19 – or any other – outbreak. Last of all, ensuring sick employees stay home until they are well is imperative to help keep everyone healthy.
We also know from recent medical research on the COVID-19 virus that some people carry the virus without exhibiting any symptoms. Therefore, having a Containment Strategy is a wise idea for any company that remains in production during the Coronavirus outbreak.
What is a Containment Strategy? Having a Containment Strategy means you develop systems that keep people safely separated while allowing them to work in their normal (or near-normal) environments. There are many tools besides sanitation to implement in this situation. Temporary barriers and screens, hand sanitizer stations, and enclosures are all ways to ensure a means of social distancing in plants where employee workstations may be closer than six feet from each other.
Temporary Barriers and Screens
Temporary barriers like the ones pictured below, built with the MB Building Kit System from item, incorporate several practical solutions into one simple design. A clear polycarbonate panel allows total visibility but ensures a barrier between two stations. The “pass-through” shelf under the tall panel (left) allows tools or work-pieces to be easily exchanged without the employee having to leave the station. IN the case of the counter or tabletop version, items can be passed below the panel. These simple, but sturdy frames can be built quickly and adapted to any size or shape requirements.