Staying Safe in the Service Industry During the Coronavirus Pandemic
As COVID-19 continues to spread, staying safe in the service industry is of vital importance. Not only are service workers at risk for contracting the virus, but they’re also at risk of spreading it if they work while sick (even as asymptomatic carriers). Here are the must-know tips for how to protect yourself and others.
Perform Pre-Screening Questionnaires
Some companies have visitors complete a pre-screening survey prior to entering the facility. It is a great idea to have your customers complete one prior to you entering their home. For your own safety, you can then determine if you should accept the job based on the responses. A few key questions to ask are: Have you or someone in your home returned from out of the country within the last 14 days? Have you or someone in your home had close contact with or cared for someone diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 14 days? Have you or someone in your home experienced any cold or flu-like symptoms in the last 14 days (to include fever, cough, sore throat, respiratory illness, difficulty breathing)?
PPE stands for personal protective equipment and may include face shields, gloves, goggles, glasses, gowns, masks, shoe covers, and head covers. At minimal, follow your local government and CDC guidelines on PPE. Where possible and appropriate, exceed the guidelines. For example, wearing masks may not be required by your local government but could give your customers an added sense of safety.
Utilizing PPE can help protect you and others from the virus when used correctly. Keep in mind that many (if not all) PPE are single use, so you’ll want to consistently swap out gloves, paper masks, etc. If shortages occur, utilize the CDC guidelines to optimize your PPE supply.
Maintain Social Distancing
Social distancing means staying at least 6 feet (2 meters) away from anyone while on the job whenever possible. You should also refrain from gathering in groups and stay out of any crowded place. Social distancing can help to eliminate close contact that can result in the spread of COVID-19.
Wash Hands Frequently
Clean hands save lives and washing your hands always tops the CDC and WHO recommendations. Regular handwashing is the best way to remove germs and help to avoid cross-contamination. This is particularly relevant in the service industry when you are constantly interacting with others. Follow the CDC guidelines on how and when to wash your hands. There are five steps to wash your hands correctly. Keep in mind that you should be doing it for at least 20 seconds each time.
Refrain from Touching your Eyes, Nose, and Mouth
Did you know that the average individual touches their face 20 times every hour? About 44 percent of that time involves contact with the eyes, nose or mouth. Your hands touch everything, and when they make contact with your eyes, nose, and mouth, you are that much more susceptible to catching the coronavirus. Those are direct pathways to the throat and lungs. Refraining from touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, and washing your hands frequently are two of the best ways to protect yourself.
Preclean the Work Area
Precleaning the work area is a great way to reduce the chance of catching the virus. Make sure to maintain your own supply of cleaning materials as you go from one job to the next. Personal cleaning supplies include hand sanitizer, cleaning wipes, and disinfecting spray.
Always advise your customers of all of the measures that you will take to work safely during this pandemic. Let them know that you will bring your own materials to preclean the work area before you start. Also, provide a list of the materials that you will use. Give them the option to provide their own cleaning supplies. This will ensure that you have what is needed to preclean your work area.
These tips can help you stay safe while working in the service industry. Remember, it’s imperative that you stay home if you have any symptoms to help protect others in addition to taking the measures above.
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