Now that the country has entered Lockdown Alert Level 2 and many of us are heading back to our offices, it is more important than ever before to ensure we take the necessary precautions to mitigate the spread of Covid-19. Now is certainly not the time to let our guard down or take our foot off the caution gas. The resurgence of the virus in New Zealand is testimony to this very fact.
As business owners there is the additional responsibility to make sure that office environments are safe and compliant with the country’s Occupational Health and Safety regulations – which we know is a comprehensive process and can be quite daunting.
This includes everything from the necessary Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), the spatial planning of the office to maximise social distancing, adequate and effective sanitizing measures in place and ensuring necessary risk protocols are designed – and that’s just the start. Some businesses are required to institute shifts based on the number of employees, others are expected to provide transport and of course there are specific regulations for employees over the age of 60 or with a comorbidity. Do you know what is expected of your business and industry?
Ensuring that your business is compliant in this way will not only your keep your business open but will go a long way to put your employees at ease – no doubt some of whom may be anxious about returning to the office.
It may all sound and seem overwhelming especially when those of us returning to our offices are focused on getting our businesses back on their feet. But you don’t need to do it alone. HR Studio can help your business with all of this. Let us help you keep your people safe and give them the peace of mind they need to do their best back at work.