The Working Environment following
4 Best Practice Guide The working environment will look different for most
of us in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. So
it’s wise to keep abreast of ongoing developments
and to take direction from reliable sources such as
Public Health England, the NHS, the World Health
Organisation and the UK Government.
Your organisation – and you as the FM - will need to
assess the workplace environment and take suitable
measures and precautions to keep employees,
visitors and contractors safe.
This section covers highlights what is recognised
as good working practices (at the time of being
published online) to keep everyone safe.
Protecting the organisation’s staff
• Keep the workplace clean, paying regular
attention to high-contact or areas such as door
handles, kettles and keyboards, or busy areas
like kitchens or boardrooms.
• Supply plenty of handwash and encourage staff
to wash their hands regularly and dry them
thoroughly using paper towels or electrical hand
• Provide hand sanitiser in addition to washing
• Use signage and printed guidance
• If social distancing is not possible, then limit the
number of people each person has contact with.
• Encourage respiratory etiquette, including
covering coughs and sneezes.
• Discourage workers from using other workers’
phones, desks, offices, or other work tools and
equipment, where possible.
• Develop protocols such as a clear desk policy
to enable effective cleaning. These should be
• Try and avoid face to face meetings if possible
with both staff and clients. For those staff who
are out and about consider buying plastic face
visors for them to present a visible, friendlier face
to your customers.
• Ensure that staff stay at home if they are ill and
advise them to self-isolate for the recommended
• If any of your employees are especially
vulnerable then allow them to work from home if
this is possible.
There is a useful guide published by Unison here: