The low-cost measures below will help prevent the spread of infections in your workplace, such as colds,
flu and stomach bugs, and protect your customers, contractors and employees.
Employers should start doing these things now, even if COVID-19 has not arrived in the communities
where they operate. They can already reduce working days lost due to illness and stop or slow the spread
of COVID-19 if it arrives at one of your workplaces.
- Make sure your workplaces are clean and hygienic
- Surfaces (e.g. desks and tables) and objects (e.g. telephones, keyboards) need to be wiped
with disinfectant regularly
o Why? Because contamination on surfaces touched by employees and customers is one of
the main ways that COVID-19 spreads.
- Promote regular and thorough hand-washing by employees, contractors and customers
o Put sanitizing hand rub dispensers in prominent places around the workplace. Make sure
these dispensers are regularly refilled
o Display posters promoting hand-washing – ask your local public health authority for these
or look on www.WHO.int.
o Combine this with other communication measures such as offering guidance from
occupational health and safety officers, briefings at meetings and information on the
intranet to promote hand-washing
o Make sure that staff, contractors and customers have access to places where they can
wash their hands with soap and water
o Why? Because washing kills the virus on your hands and prevents the spread of COVID19
• Promote good respiratory hygiene in the workplace
- Display posters promoting respiratory hygiene. Combine this with other communication
measures such as offering guidance from occupational health and safety officers, briefing
at meetings and information on the intranet etc.
o Ensure that face masks1 and / or paper tissues are available at your workplaces, for those
who develop a runny nose or cough at work, along with closed bins for hygienically
disposing of them
o Why? Because good respiratory hygiene prevents the spread of COVID-19
• Advise employees and contractors to consult national travel advice before going on business trips.
• Brief your employees, contractors and customers that if COVID-19 starts spreading in your
community anyone with even a mild cough or low-grade fever (37.3 C or more) needs to stay at
home. They should also stay home (or work from home) if they have had to take simple
o Keep communicating and promoting the message that people need to stay at home even
if they have just mild symptoms of COVID-19.
o Display posters with this message in your workplaces. Combine this with other
communication channels commonly used in your organization or business.
o Your occupational health services, local public health authority or other partners may
have developed campaign materials to promote this message
o Make clear to employees that they will be able to count this time off as sick leave.