Staying Safe When You Are An Essential Worker

We all have had to make rapid adjustments to our lives since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.  Many of us have turned our homes into offices, classrooms, fitness centers, playgrounds, and movie theaters all at once.

But there are many people who are not afforded the luxury of being at home all day.  They cannot work from home because they are ‘essential workers.’

Essential workers are people who continue to keep our economy moving.  They are the grocery store clerks, postal workers, maintenance workers, transportation workers, delivery transportation workers, healthcare workers, first responders (police, fire, and EMS workers), and so many others.

In many cases, both parents in a household are essential workers.  They somehow have to educate their children at home then go outside to work and support the rest of us.  A difficult situation, indeed.

These workers want to be safe in their workplaces and feel safe about coming home to their families. They also need to take care of their mental as well as their physical health. If this applies to you, here are a few steps to take to remain safe if you are an essential worker:

BEING SAFE AT WORK

When arriving at your workplace, make sure you keep as many of your personal items away from the public, including your phone.  Place them in a work locker or employee storage area to lessen the opportunity for contamination.