Written by: Remle Jaincon O. Sanchez, Administrative Assistant II – Bataan National High School-Junior High School
Employees of an organization play a crucial role in providing an emotionally, physically, healthy and mentally safe environment under the new normal era. Many people’s lives have been challenged and affected in this time of crisis. Many are now having an increased awareness in social distancing, personal hygiene, health, the different persons they have contact with and if they engage in a work from home arrangement, the maintenance of a safe and healthy workplace is a must.
Knowing that this is an unparalleled time, the employees are aware that their workplace must be safe and healthy, that they must have a personal communication with the maintenance and janitorial services group regarding their cleaning procedures to ensure the proper operation and maintenance of the office environment and equipment, ensuring a sanitized and healthy work environment. Although the employees are engaging in a work from home basis, as essential workers of the school, they also need to report in the office two to three times a week to do their usual jobs. Teachers and other personnel need to feel safe especially working in this environment, despite the community quarantine measures, such as ECQ, MECQ, GCQ and MGCQ..
In creating a healthy and physically safe workspace the school head and employees must ensure that these will yield physical, mental and emotional safety in the environment. For instance, precautions must be known to some visitors in the school, like parents who secure or retrieve modules for their children. You can tell them that handshakes or hugs or beso-beso are strictly not allowed. That they should always wear their facemasks and face shields. School leaders must have the full control and monitoring of the situation of the workplace by putting measures in place to put their visitors at ease during the pandemic. Signage related to corona virus also alert those entering the workplace about precautions they need to take. It also reinforces the fact that the school administration takes the health and welfare of those entering the workplace seriously, and it should make them more comfortable. In addition, the school head must also require the visitors to present their certificate of vaccination in going to the school, in case they are not yet vaccinated, they can ask relatives who are done with their vaccination to be the one to get and retrieve the modules, likewise, with all respect, visitors must honestly declare about their health situation when going to the school..
Those who enter the workplace must practice proper hygiene by covering their mouths when they cough or sneeze, washing their hands often, using hand sanitizer, wiping their workstations often and not touching their faces. At a minimum, signages should address these issues:
Not only does signage alert those entering the workplace about precautions they need to take. It also reinforces the fact that the school administrator and the staffs take the health and welfare of those entering the workplace seriously, and it should make them more comfortable emotionally. Not only does signage alert those entering the workplace about precautions they need to take.