How to Stay Safe as a Tradesperson During the Pandemic
Managing through the pandemic is all about balancing safety with income. You need to keep working — home and business owners rely on your services to be able to live and work — but you don’t want to risk infecting yourself or your clients.
Luckily, keeping safe doesn’t mean keeping at home. There are a number of measures you can put in place to keep you and your clients safe on the job. Simply follow these tips to ensure a job well done.
Keep antibacterial wipes with you at all times
Antibacterial wipes are the answer to keeping your hands sanitised without constantly visiting a bathroom. While regularly washing your hands with soap is also advised, a pack of antibacterial wipes in your back pocket will make sure you don’t transfer germs between jobs.
Refuse cups of tea
This is perhaps the hardest rule to follow. We all love a cuppa, but it isn’t sanitary to touch or drink from a mug that has been handled by your client. Kindly refuse the cup of tea and bring your own pre-filled flask instead.
Personal protective equipment such as masks or goggles should be used where possible to reduce your risk of contracting the virus. Plus, many clients will feel safer and more comfortable with you wearing PPE in their home or workplace.
Check households are COVID-free
We recommend a quick courtesy call or email to your clients shortly before visiting the property to confirm that no one in their household is currently experiencing COVID symptoms. If they confirm that a resident is presenting with symptoms, you should not go ahead with the job. Instead, rearrange the appointment for when you can be sure it is safe. Conversely, if anybody in your household is presenting with COVID symptoms, you must not visit any clients and should stay home per the government guidelines.
Stay 2m apart from your client to reduce the risk of contracting the virus. We recommend communicating with your client about keeping their distance before you visit the property.
Maintain good ventilation
Keep windows and doors open to maintain good ventilation in the property.
Transfer materials in bulk
Try and collect your materials all from one place. This will reduce the number of shops you visit and the amount of people you come into contact with.
If you need materials for your business, Hitchcock & King is your one-stop-shop. We supply a range of building and plumbing supplies to customers across London. From bricks and timber to paints and flooring, we supply everything you need and all in one place. To enquire about any of our products, contact the Hitchcock & King team today.