An estimated 60 per cent of staff might not be allowed back to work as lockdown measures are eased because businesses would have to adhere to social distancing measures, says a health and safety company.
UK-based health and safety firm Protecting.co.uk says many companies and organisations will not have the space to accommodate the two-metre rule and that this will have a huge impact on the way businesses across the country will operate, and worries about those in professions where social distancing just isn’t possible.
Because of the spacing out of staff to meet social distancing requirements, Protecting.co.uk estimates that 60 per cent of the workforce will not be able to return to workplaces anytime soon.
Mark Hall, company spokesman said: “People may find that the layout of their workplace has changed so that each worker has their own designated space away from everyone else.
“But this might mean that some desks and workstations will have to be removed or left unused to make sure that social distancing measures are met – so fewer people will be able to go into work.”
Workers who have been called back into the office can expect to see some big changes to their workplaces, as businesses will have strict rules to guarantee the safety of staff.
Protecting.co.uk says that measures staff can expect to see include:
• One-way systems around the workplace
•Markings on the floor to indicate spacing
•Cubicles and partitions to allow for barriers between workers
•PPE use such as masks and gloves
•More handwashing stations
•Increased cleaning of equipment and regular deep cleans.