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Greening Offices Post COVID Brain Dump

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Greening Your Office or Greening your Business

  • in the context of UK Architectural, Interior Design Practice Post-COVID

Legislative Context:

  • Health & Safety at Work Act
  • Employee Right Act Section 44
  • The Good Work Plan launched 6th April 2020
  • Your Standards > Your Expectations > Policy > Procedure
  • Fix the roof whilst the sun shines

Preparing Business Post-COVID

  • Lockdown Rules Easing
  • Duty of care to staff
  • Reasonably Practicable
  • Protect workers & others from:
    • Health & Safety Legal obligation
    • Wellbeing Policy carries over too

Taking care of business:

  • Sitting comfortably
    • ULD, Upper Limb Disorders,
    • RSI Repetitive Strain Injury
      • Variety is the spice of life
      • Chairs: Back, neck, arms, feet
      • Mouse and keyboards: hands, arms, shoulders, back
    • Ergonomic adjustable chairs:
      • set up specific to users geometry
      • own chairs
      • Agile working is not practical
  • Electrical safety:
    • Pat testing
  • IT Support
    • Helpdesk > remote fixing
    • GDPR
      • Information Security
    • Data Shredding, 2 way cutting

Working from Home

  • COVID-Secure
  • Working in other peoples homes
  • Your duties extend to the Employees Home work space
  • Risk assessment essential
  • Use a template
  • Ask them to do it themselves
  • Do it and review it

Working away from home/office

  • COVID Contracts
  • Mobile working
    • Hot desking: No longer safe without proactive disinfection
  • Lone Working:
    • Safety: Especially Surveys
    • Stress
    • Remote supervision
  • Occupational Travelling
    • Driving: Insurance on their vehicles
    • Public Transport risks
    • Manual handling
      • Cases and trunks

Returning to Work

  • COVID-Secure
  • Ventilation & Air con systems to be understood
    • O&MM manuals?
    • As Built systems
    • Performance gap
    • Appropriate filters
    • Cleaning filters
    • Reduced Recirculating Air
    • Removal of aerosols from air
    • Prevention of aerosols falling to surfaces
    • Closing off moth-balling incompatible space?
  • Returning to the Office
    • Self-Isolating if symptoms arise
    • Fundamentally important
  • Vaccine passport
    • ‘No-jab No-job’
  • Social Distancing 2 m
    • Spacing furniture or chairs
    • Screening in close proximity
  • Wearing masks
  • Hand-sanitising stations
  • Hand washing pre during and post COVID Pandemic
    • Men in particular
    • Almost disappearance of Flu

COVID-Secure

  • Write your appropriate and competent policy then follow it
    • Recognise its impossible to completely eliminate the risk
    • Let everybody know that
  • Introduce High Level Deep Cleaning regimes
  • Ban Hot-Desking
  • Ban Agile-Working
    • Chair/Table Ergonomics in particular
    • now COVID
    • Stagger working or visiting hours
    • Staff care due to early arrival and late departure hours
  • No shared equipment
    • Ban Pen sharing on reception desk
    • iPad reception signing in
      • challenge to keep it clean
  • Circuitous routes/One ways/Use Different entrances
    • social distancing
    • Avoid impromptu meeting in corridors and stairs
  • Consideration of Physical proximity
    • Density: staff/m2
      • Office Space
      • Meeting rooms
      • Kitchen dining spaces
      • WC Facilities
      • Social distancing in corridors
        • Impromptu meeting spots
    • Geometry:
      • Anti-Proxemics
      • Face to face barriers desks and reception
      • Barriers between staff
      • Circulation/Seating separation
      • Maintaining acoustic contact, audio ability
      • Seat spacing
      • Kitchen queuing

Cleaning

  • Introduce High Level Deep Cleaning regimes
    • Briefing cleaning staff
    • Increased frequency
  • Contact points:
    • Entrance door access control, keys, controls
    • Lift call buttons,
    • Handrails: stairs, landings, lift cabs
    • Reception: furniture, visitor book, visitor badges,
    • Invite sanitising: staff and visitors, arriving and leaving
    • Office: Desk surfaces, height controls
    • Light switches, Power switch,
    • Keyboards, mouse, track-pad, touch screens, monitor, headphones, speakers
    • Charger points: Chargers, transformers
    • Kitchen: Equipment controls, taps, cupboards, cups, mugs, glasses
    • WCs: door ironmongery, taps, flushes
    • Meeting rooms: chairs, tables, surfaces, equipment,
    • Virtual meetings: skype/zoom/teams calls, headphones, speakers, mouse, touch screens
    • Virtual brainstorm platforms

© GBE GBC GBL NGS ASWS Brian Murphy aka BrianSpecMan **
31st March 2021 – 2nd April 2021

See Also:


GBE Brain Dump

Template

  • GBE Brain Dump (Template) G#20308

GBE CPD


GBE Issues


© GBE GBC GBL NGS ASWS Brian Murphy aka BrianSpecMan **
31st March 2021 – 2nd April 2021

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