Governments are considering warehousing, distribution, and fulfillment services essential businesses and, thus far, no states are requiring them to oblige to mandatory shutdowns. If you run your own ongoing fulfillment operations, there are a few things you can do to keep your teams safe.
DHL for example has instructed drivers to maintain 6 feet of distance between other drivers and employees, and to use their own pens to sign paperwork. Deliverr’s warehouse network has put a few measures in place, so we’re sharing some of the things we’re doing to help.
How to help keep your fulfillment team safe and healthy
- Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before and after each transaction with another person.
- Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Don’t cover your coughs or sneezes with your hands. Instead, use a disposable tissue, or your elbow.
- If there are enough supplies, and you have high contact with others, consider wearing a face mask on duty. There are many reusable face masks that could be an alternative to disposable ones.
- Sanitize handheld equipment (ticket guns, hand scanners, tape dispensers) after every use.
- Carry your own pen with you and don’t share pens with others.
- Check the temperatures of every employee, driver, or contractor (including truck drivers coming to pick up items). If they have a fever (fever is 100.4°F/38°C or higher), ask them to go home immediately.
- If anyone exhibits symptoms like a dry cough, difficulty breathing, or other cold/flu-like symptoms, send them home.
- Store newly arrived items in a separate area for 24 hours to help eliminate risk of contamination. According to a study by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), CDC, UCLA and Princeton University, the COVID-19 virus is only detectable on cardboard for 24 hours.
- Stagger working hours, lunches, and breaks to help employees distance and reduce their exposure to each other as much as possible.
- Show guidelines of how far employees should be from each other. For example, create a grid on an elevator to show how much space only 1 person should occupy.
- Ensure fresh air is circulated through the building.
- Keep all doors open to reduce the need to touch door handles.
- If doors must be kept closed, they should be sanitized regularly.
- Don’t allow visitors or unscheduled food deliveries.
We hope this helps you keep your teams safe while serving your customers!