As some workers prepare to go back to work – and essential workplaces sprint to ensure that their workers are safe – safety training has taken on a new tempo in the coronavirus pandemic.

Safety training was always about saving lives. But now, during the pandemic, the threat is no longer hypothetical. Failure to protect employees can directly result in a catastrophe. Here are a few essential training resources to drill with your employees before anyone is allowed to return to work.

How to Wash Hands

There is no currently available vaccine for the novel coronavirus, which means that the best way to prevent someone from becoming sick is to prevent exposure to the virus.

If employees cannot avoid handling items that others have touched, washing their hands regularly is critical.

Employees should follow five steps to wash their hands correctly:

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water, turn off the tap, and apply soap
  2. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds
  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel

Need a timer? Give your employees these songs to sing while washing their hands. Also, remind employees that hand washing is more effective than hand sanitizer. However, in the absence of soap and running water, hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol can help get rid of most (but not all) germs.

How to Clean Workspaces

Having clean hands is a good starting point. But in order to protect everyone, you’ll also need clean workspaces. To get started, you’ll need:

  • EPA-approved cleaning supplies
  • Disposable gloves
  • Disposable gowns
  • Masks

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