As the Government’s roadmap to re-opening Ireland has begun, Hugh Wallace, Architect and Director of Douglas Wallace Consultants is already working with clients on their approach to re-opening their offices.
In accordance with NSAI and Government issued protocols, here are some key aspects to be considered when devising a Covid-19 response plan:
Hugh Wallace said: “There’s no doubt the way we do business is changing but the health of all employees is key to the continuation of productive working environments. This does not automatically mean the spending of already tight cash flows on costly fixtures and fittings. Clear signage, proper hygiene and cleaning practices, as well as a very practical and pragmatic approach will all help to sustain the fight against Covid-19. With the majority of people returning to work by August, now is the time to plan.
"While glass screens are useful, people will still need to maintain a two-metre social distance. Perhaps where there were four in an office, there can only be two.”
There also needs to be thought placed on what happens if a case of Covid-19 occurs.
Wallace concluded: “Devising a Covid-19 response plan that complies with Government issued requirements and recommendations is key - both as a vehicle to establish a way forward and also a way of documenting key Safety & Health protocols for record. It will require the full engagement of the employers and employees.”
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