Friday, June 5, 2020

Mandatory SOP for Workplaces to Prevent Spread of Covid-19

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, has been releasing SOPs regularly to be followed by offices to contain the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Here, we have summarized a few highlights of the norms to be maintained at all offices and work places on reopening to ensure proper compliance with MHA directives at all times.

Personal Measures by Employees
- Use of masks is mandatory at all times at the office
- Installation of Aarogya Setu app by all employees mandatory
- Ensure that a valid Medical Insurance is in place

Screening, Sanitization & Ventilation Measures
- Entrance to have mandatory thermal screening and hand sanitization
- Only asymptomatic staff/visitors to be allowed
- Any staff member from containment zone to immediately inform the management and not be allowed in the premises - should be allowed to work from home and not marked as on leave
- Proper sanitization of all surfaces that are touched to be carried out at frequent intervals with 1% sodium hypochlorite solution/spray
- Disinfection of interiors of cars including handles, steering, keys to be done 
- AC temperature to be maintained in the range of 24-30 degrees; relative humidity to be between 40-70%
- Cross ventilation should be adequate and fresh air intake to be as much as possible

Social Distancing Measures
- Individuals to maintain 6 feet gap between each other - seating arrangements, queues, etc.
- Staggering of lunch hours/coffee hours to be done
- Specific markings to be made at places for queues to maintain social distancing
- Proper crowd management at parking lots and assembly areas to be managed, ensuring 6 feet distance between all
- Elevators to not allow more than 1, 2 or 3 people depending on the size and keeping in mind social distancing norms

Other General Measures
- Posters, AV media on preventive measures for Covid-19 to be displayed clearly
- Prefer to carry out most meetings through video-conferencing
- Ensure running water, soap and sanitizer in washrooms, cafeterias, etc.
- Provide medical insurance to employees who do not have such policies in place