COVID-19 came as a nightmare for the whole world. It caused great devastation throughout the globe, causing many fatalities and monetary losses. Although it died down during the second half of 2021, the emergence of the new variant ‘’Omicron’’ has been reported recently. Due to this reason, many countries are thinking of imposing smart lockdowns to curtail the spread.
Like all the other businesses globally, fleet companies have also started taking all the necessary measures to prevent the spread of Omicron. Let us discuss the various steps that can be taken to run fleet operations safely.
Ensure The Hygiene Of The Employees:
As employees are the source of the spread of the virus, it is essential to take necessary steps to ensure their hygiene. Many steps can be taken in this regard, but some of the key ones are as follows:
- Using Sanitizer: Keeping hands clean during work is essential to control the virus, and using a sanitizer is a great way to do so. Every employee should have their sanitizer with them and use it before coming into contact with another person or machinery.
- Wearing Masks: Make masks compulsory for all the employees and individuals that enter the company premises. It will help prevent the transmission of oral and nasal droplets resulting in a lesser risk of infection.
- Using Disinfectants: Touching unclean surfaces can be the reason for contracting the Omicron virus. Therefore, it is critical to keep all the high-touch surfaces clean with disinfectant. It will reduce the probability of spreading the virus.
COVID-19 virus does not show the symptoms instantly. Its indicators take some time to appear, so it is essential to test the employees regularly to counter any positive cases immediately. It is advisable to set a timeline for testing and share it with employees. It will ensure that all of them are present on the testing day. If someone misses the testing, conduct their testing as soon as possible.
Conduct Vaccination Program:
Despite all the concerns over the COVID-19 vaccine, one thing is for sure it enhances your immunity against the infection. Therefore, a company must conduct a vaccination drive. Ideally, the vaccination of the employees should be done in the company to confirm that every individual gets vaccinated. If any employee claims to be already vaccinated, ensure that by viewing the proof.
Conduct Operations of Different Departments Separately:
The biggest risk of Omicron infection is because of close contact. If the operations of the various departments are conducted separately, there is lesser intermingling meaning a lower probability of infection. It is advisable to keep a separate working area for every department with respective vehicles.
Make sure that the employees of a department do not enter the workspace of other ones. If a person or multiple people from one department catch the virus, it would not infect the whole company. In this way, you can contain the infection to a great extent and prevent your business from shutting down completely.
Implement Safety Policy:
As a company manager, you should implement a safety policy that contains various SOPs. These SOPs may include Social Distancing, wearing masks, using sanitizer, etc. As a precautionary measure, designate every driver their vehicle to reduce the probability of infection due to vehicle sharing. Make it mandatory for everyone to follow these SOPs to achieve an overall safe working environment.
Omicron is spreading rapidly around the globe, becoming a big worry for various businesses, including fleet management companies. However, with smart planning and precautionary measures, the virus can be curbed to a great extent.