Check-list for workplace practices-post COVID Lockdown

Check-list for workplace practices - post COVID Lockdown

Pre-start up advisory plan for a project site to ensure the work area is ready for safer working conditions in the context of post COVID lockdown period. These may vary depending on client concurrence for implementation. However, most of them remain broadly the same and I would like to list some significant points for your benefit:
  • Sanitization must be done in a proper manner by gently rubbing the hand thoroughly or washing your hands with soap for 20 seconds. This must be done as soon you enter and exit from the site with the recommended hand sanitizer.
  • Social distancing of minimum 1 meter must be maintained at the project site during work and in labour camps.
  • Medical fitness certificate for all workforce as per BOCW (Building or construction work) are conducted at the liaison hospital. The COVID-19 screening must be done according to BOCW act. This act is a social welfare legislation that aims to benefit the workers engaged in building and construction activities across the country.
  • Worker’s ID card needs to be reissued with different color or stamped as ‘C19 screened’ after the submission of medical certificate and self-declaration at the site.
  • The IR Thermometer screening must be done for all the entire workforce during entry and screening records are to be maintained daily.
  • If any worker is found with symptoms of COVID-19, inform the local help-line (Helpline number: 104) and isolate the person at a temporary location near the site entry till the ambulance arrives and then sanitize that area and keep it under isolation for a few days.
  • Hand wash facility must be provided for all the Employees with bath soap or liquid soap dispenser.
  • Each person should always wear all the PPE (apron, hand gloves, masks, eye-glasses, and shoes). PPE should be washed on daily basis in hot water. The PPE choice might vary site to site.
  • Employees should always have a minimum of 3 nose masks as they will need to change the mask every 4 hours. The three-layered mask is best recommended.
  • After using the PPE kit, it must be kept in a yellow color polythene bag and disposed by the liaison hospital by considering it as biomedical waste.
  • Medical awareness must be given to all employees by a general physician. Awareness posters have to be displayed at the site or camp.
  • Avoid using other personal materials like mobile phones, kerchiefs, purses, etc.
  • Try to stop touching your face and mouth while working onsite as you may unknowingly touch too many things.
  • Find the appropriate places to eat lunch and drink more water.
  •  If any worker goes out of the site for lunch or for other reason, on re-entry, he must undergo the full sanitisation process thoroughly. It is recommended to avoid going out of the site during working hours.
  • All the daily working tools like cutter, cutting-plyer, screw driver, hammer etc. should be sanitized well before one starts work. 
  • While transporting the materials to the site, all the materials should be sanitized in the office. The vehicle must be sanitized at the site. It is better to cover the materials with LDPE sheet while transporting the materials.

These are a few mandatory practices noticed at sites where we work. There are a few specific practices that are only at some sites and hence, it will be wise to check with the project management team or the safety team on site-specific safety practices. The above is to help you prepare 75 to 90% before you attempt to get to start working.

It is imperative to start working and learn to live with the virus. So, good luck and lets build a self-reliant India!


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