19 Jan Signage To Make Your Workplace COVID-Secure During The Coronavirus Pandemic
The Coronavirus has made it necessary for us all to re-evaluate our own personal safety and that of our workforce. To make sure you are keeping employees safe, and your business is adhering to the guidance published by the Government, you may need to use signage.
Social distancing, hygiene and handwashing are more critical now than ever to keep our workforces safe. The Government has issued comprehensive guidance on the things you should do to help make your work and workplace COVID-secure, including details relating to signage. We have included links to Government guidance later in this piece for ease of reference.
RGVA has proven expertise. We have been producing hardwearing, quality and eye-catching graphics for over a decade. We’ve put these expertise to good use and have added a comprehensive range of COVID-19 related signage. RGVA signage delivers the messages you need where you need them. They are delivered using simple terms, clear text and impactful images. As the guidance from the Government states, it is particularly important to use signage/images for those with visual impairments and those whose first language is not English.
The range we have covers your internal and external requirements and includes self-adhesive floor, wall and table graphics for businesses.
Hygiene specific signage: We have hygiene specific signage covering a range of messages for example; What to do when you sneeze (into your elbow or a tissue – not your hand), COVID19 symptoms that mean you must self-isolate (new continuous cough/temperature), cleaning instructions – keep objects you handle sanitised, frequent use of hand sanitiser, fully illustrated handwashing technique and timing (the 20 second rule) and of course, “No Handshakes”
Floor and wall signage: This covers mask wearing, hand sanitising, fully illustrated handwashing techniques, how to dispose tissues/paper towels, reminders of 2m social distancing rules including on stairs, best positioning for social distancing in lifts (4 people facing the four corners of the lift as well as instructions on sanitising before selecting your destination), signage to encourage people to keep 6ft apart when using walkways. Drive through, directional arrows and contactless pick up signage is also available as is signage to help people queue a safe distance apart.
Situation specific signage: We also have a range of signage specific to fuel stations, quick services restaurants and retail environments tailored to the specific needs of those industries.
The Government has published multiple guides for various industry sectors. As an example, here is an extract from: A 42 page guide on Working safely during COVID-19 in offices and contact centres:
“3.3 Workplaces and workstations
- For people who work in one place, workstations should allow them to maintain social distancing wherever possible.
- Workstations should be assigned to an individual and not shared. If they need to be shared they should be shared by the smallest possible number of people.
- If it is not possible to ensure workstations comply with social distancing guidelines (2m, or 1m with risk mitigation where 2m is not viable, is acceptable), then businesses should consider whether that activity needs to continue for the business to operate, and if so take all mitigating actions possible to reduce the risk of transmission.
Objective: To maintain social distancing between individuals when they are at their workstations.
Steps that will usually be needed:
- Review layouts and processes to allow people to work further apart from each other.
- Using floor tape or paint to mark areas to help people comply with social distancing guidelines (2m, or 1m with risk mitigation where 2m is not viable, is acceptable).
- Only where it is not possible to move workstations further apart, arranging people to work side by side or facing away from each other rather than face-to-face.
- Only where it is not possible to move workstations further apart, using screens to separate people from each other.
- Managing occupancy levels to enable social distancing.
- Avoiding use of hot desks and spaces and, where not possible, for example, call centres or training facilities, cleaning workstations between different occupants including shared equipment.
- Floor plan and signage to enable social distancing and safe working in office. Green markers to limit desk usage and maintain social distancing”
A second extract from the 42 page guidance published by the Government for Factories, Plants & Warehouses:
“5.3 Hygiene – handwashing, sanitation facilities and toilets.
Steps that will usually be needed:
- Using signs and posters to build awareness of good handwashing technique, the need to increase hand washing frequency, avoid touching your face and the need to cough or sneeze into a tissue which is binned safely, or into your arm if a tissue is not available.
- Providing regular reminders and signage to maintain hygiene standards.”
These two links will help you determine what is right for your business:
To help you to achieve a safe working environment for your workforce, and adhere to Government Guidance, please take a look at the detailed signage catalogue on our website https://rgva.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/RGVA-COVID-19-Social-Distancing-Graphic-Catalogue.pdf