1. Employees must be protected
There are two scenarios to consider when protecting employees during the time of COVID-19, namely, for those coming into the office or plant and those working from home. In the first case, protection means ensuring the employees won’t catch or pass-on the COVID-19 disease. Companies must ensure the safety of their employees. Aside from watching hands, cleaning surfaces, and wearing masks, COVID-19 spreads through the air. In fact, recent studies suggest that aerosols are really the primary mechanism for the spread of the disease.
To prevent this spread, companies should perform air-flow simulations with special considerations of their air-conditioning system for their facilities. Simulations are key in finding area where contaminated particles might accumulate.
Not all employees will need to return to the office or plant. Many will be able to work from home thanks to cloud-enabled technologies. In these cases, data protection more than physical protection will be needed.