Coronavirus: How to prevent infection in the workplace

The Scottish Government has issued new guidance on how staff can prevent the spread of Covid-19.

The UK is continuing to work on its response to the coronavirus outbreak after more than 300 people, 23 in Scotland, were diagnosed with the disease.

The Scottish Government has issued new guidance on how staff can prevent the spread of Covid-19 in the workplace.

This includes:

  • Routine cleaning and disinfection of frequently touched objects and surfaces such as telephones, keyboards, door handles, desks and tables.
  • Basic hand washing highlighted as the most effective way of preventing the spread of infection.
  • Hand hygiene promoted by ensuring staff, contractors, service users and visitors have access to hand washing facilities and alcohol-based hand rub, where available.
  • Crockery and cutlery in shared kitchen areas should be cleaned with warm water and detergent and dried thoroughly.
  • Ensuring food such as crisps and sandwiches should not be left open for communal sharing unless individually wrapped

Fiona Hyslop, cabinet secretary for economy, fair work and culture, said: “This publication has been circulated following general guidance on basic preventative measures against coronavirus and specific guidance for educational settings.

“It contains clear, practical guidance that will ensure workplace staff have the latest information about Covid-19 and how we can all help prevent it from spreading.

“We are well-prepared for an outbreak in Scotland, but the public has a vital role to play in helping us contain any positive cases by keeping themselves informed, and following basic hygiene precautions.

“That includes hand-washing, not touching their faces unless their hands are clean and covering their nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing then putting the tissue in the bin.”