In light of the coronavirus pandemic, various measures have been implemented by the government to stop the spread of the virus. Such measures include closing down of non-essential businesses, schools, and universities and issuing a stay-at-home order across various states.
However, some jobs, such as electrical work, require physical meet-ups for repairs and installations. Therefore, an electrician needs to do their part to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in the workplace and to others while on the job. Here are some safety measures that electricians should adopt to prevent the spread of viruses.
1. Sanitizing and washing hands
The coronavirus is an infectious disease that spreads primarily through contact with an infected person or surface. Hence, an electrician should wash their hands for 20 seconds with hand soap and water regularly, to kill the virus since they touch many surfaces in a day.
You can also use an alcohol-based rub such as a sanitizer to protect yourself. You should also avoid touching your face since COVID-19 enters the body through the nose, mouth, and eyes.
2. Avoiding close contact
While on the job, electricians should avoid close contact with other individuals or co-workers. If you suspect someone is unwell, keep a distance of 1 to 3 meters to keep yourself safe from the coronavirus. This safety measure is vital in reducing the spread of COVID-19, especially if you come in contact with numerous people daily.
3. Wearing PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)
All electricians should wear protective N95 masks while working to comply with the OSHA guidelines for protecting themselves and their workplaces during this pandemic. Electricians should also wear appropriate PPE on the job, such as gloves, to minimize direct contact with the coronavirus on surfaces they touch.
After each job, gloves should be disposed of correctly, and hands washed, before performing any other activities.
4. Developing an overall safety policy
While keeping safe from the coronavirus, electricians need to stay safe from other viruses such as the flu and cold. For instance, if you’re sick, it’s wise to stay at home to prevent the spread of your illness to other people. This is because COVID-19 becomes fatal when you have other underlying conditions, and spreading your virus makes other people vulnerable to the coronavirus.
Electrical companies should also develop policies relating to illness prevention, e.g., sick leave when a worker isn’t feeling well.