Health Ministry outlines office safety protocols in Saudi Arabia

According to the WHO, people can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth. (File/AFP)

JEDDAH (RAHNUMA): Saudi Arabia has issued health precautions to allow the gradual return of workers a week after the lifting of the nationwide pandemic lockdown.

As part of steps to return to work life, the Ministry of Health shared warnings and instructions to ensure a healthy return to office life.

Preventive guidelines for office and administrative business personnel include a requirement that employees in the high-risk category work remotely from home.

Protocols include the use of separate entry and exit gates for employees, and the wearing of face masks in office public areas.

Companies and workers are required to clean and disinfect all essential areas and equipment, while the use of paper or personal cups for drinks is recommended. Personal items, such as pens, paper and stationery, should not be shared.

Workers are also required to wash their hands with soap and water for at least 40 seconds or disinfect with an alcohol-based sanitizer for 20 seconds repeatedly during the day.

The ministry recommends that office space be organized to ensure safe physical distance between employees and suggests using partitions where possible.

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