It’s that time of year again when the cold and flu viruses start making the rounds. And if you’re like most people, you’ll do whatever you can to avoid catching them. But what if you could protect yourself and your staff from winter viruses without having to take any extra precautions? This article will show you how to achieve this goal.
First, it’s important to understand how cold and flu viruses spread. Most of the time they are spread through contact with an infected person or object. Practising good hygiene habits, such as washing your hands and surfaces often and avoiding close contact with people who may be sick, is always a good idea—even if you don’t think you’re sick.
At the checkout counter, there are also some additional precautions that can help protect both staff and customers from winter viruses.
One way to reduce exposure is by using sneeze guards made from acrylic sheets between checkout staff and customers. This helps reduce the risk of spreading germs between them. Additionally, encouraging social distancing in checkout lines and other areas of the store can also help reduce the spread of viruses.
It is also important to ensure that staff are wearing face masks in accordance with local regulations—not only do they protect customers, but they also protect staff from potentially breathing in infectious droplets from a person with a cold or flu, reducing their risk of becoming infected. Additionally, make sure to provide adequate supplies for staff to use throughout their shift so that they can change out face masks if needed.
Finally, regularly cleaning and disinfecting surfaces at the checkout area (including counters, payment machines, door handles and keyboards) is an important part of preventing winter viruses from spreading. Consider providing hand sanitiser stations near checkout as well as gloves for staff to use.
You should also remind your staff to practice good hygiene outside of work, such as washing their hands regularly, avoiding close contact with people who are sick, and staying home if they’re not feeling well. These simple steps can make a big difference in reducing the spread of colds and flu this winter season.
With these precautions in place, you’ll be taking important steps to minimize the risk of catching or spreading viruses at checkout—allowing you to focus on providing great customer service without having to worry about getting sick.
What are the Symptoms of the Common Cold?
The common cold is caused by a virus that infects the upper respiratory system. Symptoms of a cold include a runny nose, sneezing, cough, headache, fever, and body aches. Cold symptoms can last for up to ten days and can be very contagious; it’s important to take steps to protect yourself and your staff from infection.
Safety should always be top of mind for both employers and employees when it comes to dealing with viruses at work. Make sure you also review any relevant safety regulations or guidelines from local health authorities as they may provide additional recommendations for reducing exposure to winter viruses at the checkout. With a little extra preparation and caution, you can help ensure your staff and customers stay safe this season. Good luck!