3 pieces of kit for safe returns to the office

Return to the office

Shall we fire up the coffee machines at head office? Will the city centre streets of Britain soon be buzzing with the chitchat of commuters excited to see Barry from Accounts in the flesh once again?

Possibly. As 2022 gets underway, there's a modestly increasing number of office workers coming into office HQs, often for a proportion of the working week, rather than every day. They're arriving cautiously as the Covid situation is very far from resolved, and nothing will be 100% as it was prior to the first Coronavirus lockdown of March 2020.

On 19 January 2022, the Prime Minister said that people “should now speak to their employers about arrangements for returning to the office”.

The Health and Safety Officers, Facility Managers and Operations Directors of our businesses are looking for ways to:

  • Increase the safety of employees returning to the office
  • Minimise the infection risk of Covid particles spreading
  • Reassure employees that every possible measure is being taken to protect their health
  • Avoid suffering mass absences in your organisation.

So here are 3 ideas for affordable kit which improve office working safety:

1. Lateral flow test kits

LFT test kits for offices

You want access to the best Covid testing on the market and the new FlowFlex Covid-19 Antigen Lateral Flow Test Kit is available from Posturite. Organisations are ordering these in bulk to mitigate for any shortages in supply of Covid lateral flow tests, and to benefit from volume discounts.

With industry-leading accuracy of 98.6%, the good news is that this test kit has been validated by Public Health England.

You can find out if someone has Covid-19 in just 15 minutes with this kit and it promises to be ultra sensitive even at low viral loads, so it can help identify asymptomatic people.

Jamie Pownceby on +44 (0) 345 345 0010 or email [email protected] is the man at Posturite to contact, to discuss all bulk orders and volume discounts of these Lateral Flow Test Kits.

2. Air purifiers

Office air purifier

It's a very attractive proposition to be able to get rid of stagnant, germ-harbouring air in your workplace. Particularly in your meeting rooms and high traffic areas.

Forgive the unpleasantness to make you think of all the germs, dust, mould spores, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), odours and allergens floating about in your average office, but if you knew they were being drawn in and filtered out, you'd be a good deal happier.

Posturite is recommending the AeraMax® air purifier to clients organising employee returns to the office.

And the key information you need is that AeraMax® Pro AM3 and AM4 air purifiers have been shown to remove over 99.99% of Covid-19. This was demonstrated through independent laboratory testing, and the air purifiers were effective in eliminating aerosolized concentration of SARS-CoV-2 by 99.99% through a single air pass test of the purifier.

You can place the AeraMax® on a stand or mount on a wall, and there are three models to choose from, depending on the size of the area you need to cover. The data screen on the device clearly shows the current status of the air quality and filter information.

To make the process hassle-free, Posturite are offering to answer any queries on air filtration, measure up your rooms and recommend what you need to create a fresh, healthy atmosphere for your employees. Give Fiona Muir at Posturite a buzz on +44 (0) 345 345 0010 or email [email protected] to discuss all things AeraMax®.

3. Sneeze screens

Desk divider screens

Do you want to see your pal Paula at the desk opposite through a screen while you work, but not be exposed to her germs? Maybe she has just travelled into your HQ via a packed Central Line train, and worst of all – has two kids at the germ-fest known as nursery…

Made-to-measure social distancing acrylic screens between desks, working and reception areas could be just the job here, and ideally those that can be attached to existing office furniture. As you can see in the photos, the see-through desk dividers are almost invisible, so won't ruin the look of your rooms.

What should you look for when ordering social distancing screens for the office?

Make sure your social distancing screens are made from strong, safe materials and are designed to catch airborne droplets before they can be touched or inhaled.

Posturite's solid experience in designing and fitting out entire workplace interiors comes into good use here, with efficient installation teams who arrive masked-up and committed to avoiding disrupting the people working – with weekend setups on offer too.

Find out more about the bespoke office safety screens from Scott Bottomer on +44 (0) 345 345 0010 or email [email protected].

As you can see, there are simple steps you can take to implement a safer return to office working. Let's just hope you're not reading this in 2024 during a full lockdown!

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