The current pandemic is making everyone think more carefully about their hygiene habits at both work and home. Some professions carry a higher risk of exposure to the coronavirus. Mechanics and garage personnel will come into contact with various people throughout their working day. Although it is not considered a high-risk job, there are some things to consider. How does working in an oily environment affect the hygiene of the workwear against the coronavirus? Are mechanics more at risk?
Here we explore the subject and look at steps you can take to protect yourself and others.
Is an oily environment an issue for hygienic workwear?
Mechanics and car garages are now able to carry out MOT tests and repairs following the COVID-19 lockdown. As a mechanic, you are not considered a high-risk for exposure; you will be coming into contact with customers and colleagues. Practising good hygiene is more important than ever, and you will need to protect yourself and others as much as possible.
Any mechanic will know that their workwear is in constant contact with oil, grease, and grime as they carry out their work. This is still the case as you return to work after lockdown. The clothing you wear for work needs to be durable and hard-wearing. Hygienic workwear can be available to the whole workforce by using a uniform rental service.
With the Lindstrom mechanic uniform service, hygienically clean uniforms are available at the start of each day. Used uniforms are placed in the provided bins and collected at a convenient time. Uniforms are cleaned thoroughly to ensure all grease and germs are removed.
Post-lockdown procedures for garages
As you return to work, you will need to put measures in place to protect yourself, your staff, and your customers. Before reopening your garage, you will need to make sure you have thought about new procedures to safeguard against infection. These include:
- Choose a person or persons to be responsible for workplace measures
- Make sure everyone is familiar with current government guidance
- Mark out 2-metre distances where people are likely to gather
- Have hand sanitiser in place for both staff and customers
- Consider whether you need to have screens and face coverings in place to protect staff
- Arrange a cleaning plan
When your garage reopens, make sure you are doing everything possible to protect against infection and regularly monitor the situation. Avoid face to face meetings, use technology instead if possible. You may have to stagger staff starting times to avoid groups of people arriving at the same time.
The main thing is to keep everyone informed of what needs to be done so you can all work together. The challenges of reopening the garage after lockdown can be handled as a team. If you require hygienic workwear such as mechanics trousers, jackets, overalls and other staff uniforms, contact Lindstrom today.