Tips on Going Back to Work During the COVID-19 Pandemic

As workplaces are welcomed into the national reopening strategy for COVID-19, several Canadians are heading back to work for the first time in weeks.

Understandably, many families are worried. It’s one thing to go to the grocery store. It’s another to go to work for a usual part-time or full-time schedule. That’s a lot of time out of the house. Workplaces are encouraged to strengthen health and safety policies, and to implement sanitization and disinfectant procedures. As an individual though, there’s a lot you can do to protect yourself.

Use Hand Sanitizer Often

Your hands are a major risk factor for COVID-19. Use hand sanitizer to clean them and do so frequently throughout the day. Alcohol-containing hand sanitizer kills coronavirus dead in its tracks. As a worker, it’s on you to ensure you’re taking this precaution.

Avoid Touching Your Face

At work, we touch a lot of things. We aren’t always conscious of touching our faces. Just like we would at home and how we’ve been advised to over the past three months, be aware of touching your face. Do not, under any circumstances. If you must, sanitize or wash your hands beforehand.

Wear A Mask if Allowed

Be it a face mask, a face shield, or safety goggles, if you’re allowed to protect yourself above sanitizer, do so. COVID-19 is still transferring via community spread. In the workplace, we can’t always maintain social distancing. As a worker and for the safety of those around you, when permitted, wear a mask or cover of some sort.

If You Feel Sick, Stay Home

For workers who take pride in pushing through aches, pains, and sickness, now’s not the time. When you’re sick, you stay home. That’s the bottom line. There’s a serious risk of spreading coronavirus in workplaces and several outbreaks have already been noted from daycares to farms, meatpacking plants, and grocery stores. If you’re sick, stay home and get tested.

If Your Employer’s Falling Short, Speak Up

It’s on your employer to make their workplace a safe place to come to work. If they refuse to adapt to the current model of doing business in the COVID-19 pandemic, speak up. Notify them of policies or procedures which should be in place. It’s your health and potentially the health of others that are at risk.

Be Aware of the Risk of Bringing COVID-19 Home

Though small, there is a risk one could bring COVID-19 home on their clothing. If possible, wash your outfit on a regular rotation. Ensure it is stored somewhere safe, if you live with others. For children and spouses, this precaution is necessary to protect them from what could be a fatal virus.

For all of your COVID-19 essentials, including portable hand sanitizer, disinfectant, face masks, safety goggles, and more, visit Living.ca.

Understandably, many families are worried. It’s one thing to go to the grocery store. It’s another to go to work for a usual part-time or full-time schedule. That’s a lot of time out of the house. Workplaces are encouraged to strengthen health and safety policies, and to implement sanitization and disinfectant procedures. As an individual though, there’s a lot you can do to protect yourself.

Use Hand Sanitizer Often

Your hands are a major risk factor for COVID-19. Use hand sanitizer to clean them and do so frequently throughout the day. Alcohol-containing hand sanitizer kills coronavirus dead in its tracks. As a worker, it’s on you to ensure you’re taking this precaution.

Avoid Touching Your Face

At work, we touch a lot of things. We aren’t always conscious of touching our faces. Just like we would at home and how we’ve been advised to over the past three months, be aware of touching your face. Do not, under any circumstances. If you must, sanitize or wash your hands beforehand.

Wear A Mask if Allowed

Be it a face mask, a face shield, or safety goggles, if you’re allowed to protect yourself above sanitizer, do so. COVID-19 is still transferring via community spread. In the workplace, we can’t always maintain social distancing. As a worker and for the safety of those around you, when permitted, wear a mask or cover of some sort.

If You Feel Sick, Stay Home

For workers who take pride in pushing through aches, pains, and sickness, now’s not the time. When you’re sick, you stay home. That’s the bottom line. There’s a serious risk of spreading coronavirus in workplaces and several outbreaks have already been noted from daycares to farms, meatpacking plants, and grocery stores. If you’re sick, stay home and get tested.

If Your Employer’s Falling Short, Speak Up

It’s on your employer to make their workplace a safe place to come to work. If they refuse to adapt to the current model of doing business in the COVID-19 pandemic, speak up. Notify them of policies or procedures which should be in place. It’s your health and potentially the health of others that are at risk.

Be Aware of the Risk of Bringing COVID-19 Home

Though small, there is a risk one could bring COVID-19 home on their clothing. If possible, wash your outfit on a regular rotation. Ensure it is stored somewhere safe, if you live with others. For children and spouses, this precaution is necessary to protect them from what could be a fatal virus.

For all of your COVID-19 essentials, including portable hand sanitizer, disinfectant, face masks, safety goggles, and more, visit Living.ca.

Featured photo by Ivan Samkov from Pexels

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