June is National Safety Month — Saving Lives and Preventing Injuries from the Workplace to Anyplace

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Safety in our post-Coronavirus world — our new normal will be different for sure.

But, with a little patience, planning, and persistence, we can all make this work and keep everyone as safe and healthy as possible. June is National Safety Month. What are the challenges to our safety and health we face as we go back to working together? How about at home? What challenges will we continue to face as we strive to keep our families safe?

In the workplace, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the following:

  • Employees who appear to have symptoms (fever, cough, etc.) upon arrival at work, or who become sick during the day, should immediately be separated from other employees, customers, and visitors, and sent home.¹
  • Avoid using other employees’ phones, desks, offices, or other work tools and equipment, when possible. Clean and disinfect them before and after use.¹
  • Practice social distancing by avoiding large gatherings and maintaining distance (at least 6 feet) from others when possible.¹
  • Frequent handwashing or use of hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.¹
I think we can all agree adjusting to the new normal is stressful. “Physical and mental health are closely intertwined,”² says Bernadette Melnyk, Dean of the College of Nursing and Chief Wellness Officer at OSU. “While you practice good hygiene and physical distancing in the office, you should also practice stress-reduction.”² How can employers help their employees deal with the stress they will face as they return to the office?

Safety+Health Magazine gives the following advice:

  • Encourage employees to have a plan in place to manage the transition for themselves and their families as they return to the workplace. Having a plan can go a long way to building resilience and helping you feel better about returning.²
  • Open communication. Employees should be able to approach their supervisors and ask what changes have/will be made to the office environment to keep everyone safe and well.²
Of course, we don’t only want to feel safe at work. How can we continue to stay safe at home as lockdown eases and we start to move around outside of our homes?
  • Continue to stay home if sick.
  • Do you know the difference between cleaning and disinfecting? According to Coronavirus.gov, cleaning a surface removes dirt and germs from the surface. Disinfecting a surface kills the germs on the surface. Cleaning involves things like soap and water. Examples of disinfecting solutions include alcohol and hydrogen peroxide.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks. If surfaces are dirty, clean them using detergent or soap and water before disinfection. To disinfect, most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work.
  • Take steps to manage stress including an exercise routine and healthy eating.
The celebration of June as National Safety Month can serve as a great reminder of how, maybe more than ever before, we need to pay close attention to being safe.  

We’re in this together! We can help our co-workers and our families to remember to take the necessary steps to be healthy and safe!

 
 
  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  2. Safety+Health Magazine
  3. Coronavirus.gov
 

The information offered here is not medical advice and is not intended to replace guidance offered by your medical professionals.

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