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Site safety: Pandemic edition

14th Jan 2021

Here we go again! After almost a year of dealing with the Coronavirus Pandemic and three lockdowns later, Lockdown 3.0 is in full force in the UK. However, unlike the beginning of the first lockdown, security installers may continue to work. But under what conditions?

Protect People Everywhere (you’re working with)

PPE has played a vital role in stopping the spread of the virus. It is so important that it is now a legal requirement to have the correct PPE for work, public transport and, to visit public spaces. Let’s take a look at a few of the way’s installers can use PPE when onsite:

Phone, wallet, keys… MASK

From very early on in the Pandemic, masks have been an everyday essential to carry around. Forgetting a mask has become a lot like forgetting your keys – you can’t get in! However, with the news of a new mutant strain, single-layered masks are not enough. Guidelines read that triple-layered, such as the KN90 and the KN95, are the best at protecting people against the latest more aggressive variant. Both can be found on the Norbain website and are available in bundles.

 

Face shields

For some, face shields are an alternative to wearing a mask. But unfortunately, face shields are ineffective at protecting your respiratory system. Face shields can be worn to protect your eyes from airborne liquids and germs and ideally be paired with a mask to keep you fully protected.

Sanitation station

It goes without saying, but washing your hands is important – not just in a Pandemic! However, especially in a Pandemic and working onsite where you may have to share tools or touch the same objects as other people, it makes sense to sanitise your hands after touching anything. Making sure there is a system in place which allows everyone to sanitise their hands and clean down items with anti-bac wipes is a great way to keep your site safe.

Again, Norbain provides different options for purchasing hand sanitizer.

Disposable gloves

Although it might not always be possible whilst on the job fitting those patch leads or crimps, it’s a good idea to try to wear gloves as much as you can. Disposable gloves like the ones available from Norbain will help you protect those around you if you happen to be asymptomatic, in addition to regularly washing and/or sanitising your hands.

Social distancing

The most obvious way to stay safe is to create space. Reducing the amount of contact you have with people is a key way to avoid contracting the virus. Although, this isn’t always going to be achievable for those working on-site, so here are some of the ways you can make sure you’re being spatially aware:

Get the measuring tape out!

Ensuring you always keep a 2-meter distance to anyone in your proximity can reduce the chances of contracting the virus. Onsite, you should separate working areas and only have one person working on something at a time wherever possible. It’s a good idea to mark out walkways which people must follow to get from A to B. Having different entrances and exits can also be beneficial for social distancing as it reduces the flow of people going through doors.

Think again about that Tesco meal deal

Trying to avoid public places can be very difficult if you’re an installer. You may need to pick up tools, materials and other bits and bobs to do your job, but do you need to go to Tesco for lunch every day? You’re twice as likely to contract the disease in a supermarket than anywhere else.

Luckily though, when it comes to materials and equipment, most merchants are offering contactless pick-up and delivery, which eliminates the need to have contact with a lot of different people.

Conclusion

In conclusion to the above, a lot of site safety comes down to common sense. Buy the right equipment, take the right precautions, and follow the Government guidelines.

Stay safe and wear PPE.