Keeping Workstations COVID-Secure

As an employer, you must protect people from harm. This includes taking reasonable steps to protect your workers and others from coronavirus (COVID-19).

Coronavirus can transfer from people to surfaces. It can be passed on to others who touch the same surfaces.

Keeping your workplace clean and frequent handwashing reduces the potential for coronavirus to spread and is a critical part of making and keeping your business ‘COVID-secure’.

Workstations are areas where workers routinely or regularly work and can include:

  • desks or tables in the workplace
  • production or processing lines
  • areas by machinery that workers need to operate
  • desks within workers’ homes
  • vehicles

Consider the following:

  • Look at how you can organise workstations to allow people to meet social distancing rules
  • Review layouts and processes to allow people to work 2 m apart from each other where possible
  • Use floor tape or paint to mark areas
  • Manage occupancy levels
  • Avoid any sharing of workstations, including hot desking where possible
  • Limit the number of people having to share a workstation to the absolute minimum
  • Where workstations must be shared, try to keep the same set of people using them

Where it’s not possible to keep workstations 2 m apart.


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