Briefing on Coronavirus Prevention Strategies in Our Workplace

Prevention Strategies Guidelines

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In order to protect our workplace from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), prevention strategies should be taken. This letter aims to provide everyone with awareness on and response to coronavirus.

Going to Work

Before Leaving the House
  1. Use a hand rub with 70% alcohol to disinfect your personal belongings like smartphone and keys.
    • Bring the alcohol on your way to work.
  2. Wash your hands with water and soap for 20 to 30 seconds or use your alcohol before disinfecting your belongings and afterward.

Taking Public Transportation

  1. Wear a face mask.
  2. If you can find a handwashing facility near the station or in between trips, wash your hands for 20 to 30 seconds before and after getting on and off a vehicle.
  3. If possible, open the windows to favor air circulation.
  4. Do not sit next to another passenger. Vacate at least one seat from him or her.
  5. Refrain from touching windows, locks, poles, rails, and any other handles throughout the trip.
    • Otherwise, touch or hold them with a tissue.
  6. If you are standing, keep a distance of 6 feet from other passengers.

At Work

  • Practice regular handwashing and disinfection of workstations.
  • Remind the concerned personnel to:
    • Regularly refill soap, hand rubs with 70% alcohol, and paper towels within the workplace.
    • Turn on ventilations in cold areas and set them on low settings and without air recirculation when necessary.
  • Disinfect documents and other necessities entering the building.
  • If possible, work on alternating shifts or from home to lessen the circulation of people at a given time and maintain social distancing.
    • Elderly employees or those with preexisting health conditions or other risk factors should be prioritized in a flexible or work-from-home arrangement.
  • Do not hide your symptoms or health history. Take a 14-day quarantine if you:
    • Develop any flu-like symptoms (fever, dry cough, runny nose, and breathing difficulties)
    • Have traveled to a heavily infected area
    • Have exposed yourself with:
      • A suspected or confirmed case
      • A person who has traveled to a heavily infected area

Handling Delivery Transactions

  1. If possible, request online payment to reduce physical contact. Otherwise, use gloves and deposit the money in a plastic bag.
  2. Instruct the delivery personnel to leave the products at the entrance or task someone to receive them outside.
  3. Carry out a complete hand hygiene protocol before touching any product.
  4. Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 to 30 seconds or use a hand rub with 70% alcohol after every transaction.

“Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employees to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).” CDC, February 2020.
“COVID-19: Advice for Food Businesses,” 2020. HENRI.

Mossa-Basha, M. et al. “Policies and Guidelines for COVID-19 Preparedness.” Experiences from the University of Washington. Radiology, 201326.

Spitzmueller, C. et al. “The Energy Workforce and COVID-19: Date-driven Policy Recommendations,” 2020.

White, W. “Business Guide to COVID-19: Prevention and Mitigation Strategies for Manufacturing,” 2020.

Written By

Peter Smith

World Health Organization (WHO)

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