How Grocery Store Workers Can Stay Safe During the Covid-19 Outbreak
Besides health care employees, the people who have the most exposure to the coronavirus are grocery store workers. While it’s not possible to avoid all risks, there are some sensible practices that can lower your exposure.
Keep Your Distance
Try to stay at least 6 feet away from customers and other employees. Even when you are asked for help, keep your distance as much as possible. Remind customers to practice social distancing, if necessary.
- Encourage customers to pay using touchless options, if possible.
- If you must handle cash or credit cards, don’t touch your face until you have sanitized your hands.
- After each customer has checked out, wipe down the counter.
- Frequently disinfect any touched surfaces, such as cash registers and workstations.
- Wash your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds before eating or preparing food on your break.
- Use a paper towel to touch the door handles.
Know Your Rights
Even the most careful of employees can become sick on the job. You aren’t immune to accidents at work either. Some of the risks include slipping on a wet floor or cutting yourself while prepping food. Work comp claims in grocery stores can protect workers, so it’s important to know your rights.
Following some smart safety tips will reduce your risk of exposure on the job.