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On 11 May 2020 the government released guidelines on how employers, staff and the self-employed can work safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The guidance focuses on practical steps that can be taken to protect staff in offices, contact centres and various indoor environments. You can find a pdf of the full document here.
We thought it might be useful to highlight how Warner Contracts Ltd’s range of sneeze screens and other hygiene items can help businesses comply with this guidance – specifically how to maintain social distancing at the workplace.
Social Distancing At Work
Section 3 of the guidance covers social distancing at work with the stated objective:
To maintain 2m social distancing wherever possible, including while arriving at and
departing from work, while in work and when travelling between sites. You must maintain social distancing in the workplace wherever possible.
Suggested actions companies can take to facilitate safe distancing are:
- Using screens or barriers to keep people separate.
- Change layouts so staff can work ‘back-to-back or ‘side-to-side’.
- Organising smaller teams to ensure each individual interacts with only a few others.
- Looking at how to maintain social distancing to all parts of a business – including entrances and exits, break and meeting rooms, canteens etc.
Sneeze Screens and Other Protective Physical Barriers
Warner Contracts Ltd has a range of sneeze screens to protect employees while at their desks as well as in other areas of the workplace. They can be used as part of your organisation’s COVID-19.
In offices, staff spend most of their time at their desks or workstations so it’s vital to provide a safe environment to reduce their exposure to their colleagues.
Made from clear, shatterproof plexiglass these screens are easy to keep clean and disinfect. We supply a range of standard heights and widths as well as made-to-measure bespoke sizes.
We also provide protective desktop screens made of vinyl. These screens offer great privacy and protection for staff. The contract quality vinyl has anti-microbial properties and can be cleaned with bleach.
All our desk screens are supplied with C-Clamps as standard. This means that you can fit them quickly without the need for drilling holes for screws in your office furniture.
Safer Break Out & Meeting Areas
Many workplaces have separate meeting areas and other spaces where staff can take a break. This is where our range of moveable protective screens can prove to be of greatest use.
Our Mobile Sneeze Guards come in a range of widths and heights to suit are supplied with castors so they are easy to move around. One set of castors is lockable for extra security. The plexiglass screens are available in different sizes and three: clear glaze, clear glaze with a cut-out, and with safety spots to prevent people walking into them accidentally.
In other public spaces such as reception areas, canteens and so on, our Floor Standing Sneeze Screens can help you maintain safe social distancing. They come in different sizes and you can also choose to have T-feet or disc feet.
Other Workplace Areas
Our range of protective barriers also includes clear-glazed Counter Top Sneeze Guards. These barriers are made from 30mm thick clear plexiglass and come 800mm wide as standard and either 670mm or 950mm high.
These guards are ideal for staff canteens and admin offices as the cut out opening allows for serving and payments to be safely handled.
Hand Sanitiser Stations
The focus on good hand hygiene is still very important in the fight against COVID-19 and employers need to encourage employees to wash their hands often during the work day.
Our Floor Standing Sanitiser Units and Desktop Sanitiser Units will help you make it easy for staff to keep their hands clean in a variety of workplace settings – especially in public areas such as lift lobbies and meeting rooms. We supply these units with either non-alcohol or alcohol-based sanitiser gel.