Top 6 COVID-19 Health & Safety Tips for Contractors
Employers that invest in workplace safety and health can expect a reduction in injuries, illnesses, and even fatalities during regular operations. During a pandemic, caution and care on site is even more essential. Training and follow up of best practices will result in cost savings such as workers’ compensation, medical expenses, OSHA penalties and more. Changes made to improve workplace safety and health can result in significant improvements to productivity and financial performance and even provide a recruiting edge.
During the 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic heightened health awareness, use these tips to save costs and protect employees and coworkers and maintain safe habits.
1. Wear Your Mask
Being exposed to mold, dust, fine particles can cause more respiratory issues like asthma, bronchitis, or worse chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. A good percentage of construction workers and home do-it-yourselves still forget to wear a mask when working around toxic fumes and air particulates but a safety mask can help save your lungs and your life. Especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, there are even more reasons to wear your mask and protect yourself. Be faithful to wear this protective gear.
2. Wash Hands Frequently
The number one health problem for on-site construction workers is the lack of adequate sanitary facilities. Within your organizations, support and promote the strengthening and enforcement of the OSHA standard, 29 CFR 1926.51 to improve sanitary and hand washing facilities on construction sites. Then take FULL ADVANTAGE of them.
3. Clean and Maintain Tools, Equipment, and Job Site
While construction sites may appear inherently messy, it is important to keep the job site clean and orderly. By implementing a policy of site cleanliness potential safety hazards are minimized and professionalism is conveyed. Better tool management can cut project labor costs by 10 percent or more, as well as reduce the time off task including sickness caused by the spread of germs.
4. Maintain Social Distancing
Essential workers such as contractors are not always able to stay at home during the pandemic and social distancing can be a challenge on the job. During breaks or times of communication, maintain space between co-workers. Minimize passing around paperwork, pens or using the same tools. Keep antibacterial wipes or hand sanitizer with you at all times. Be mindful and take proper precautions to minimize the spread of germs and change clothes/shoes in the laundry room or garage once you get home.
5. Get Rest
Workers who get good sleep and take effective short breaks will be more alert and efficient on the job. Fatigue will increase the chances of mistakes and carelessness. Work hard, then rest.
6. Retain Situational Awareness
Be aware of your surroundings. Homeowners or co-workers may be in the vicinity of your workspace and not taking the same precautions that you do. Be alert to problematic situations, take initiative to correct them, and protect yourself, your clients, your co-workers, and your employer.
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