How to use signs and stickers for safe social distancing
Social Distancing is a key strategy to help keep employees and visitors safe amid the coronavirus pandemic, with people instructed to stay at least two metres apart to try and limit the spread of the virus.
Signs and stickers are an excellent way of helping to remind people of the requirement to keep a safe distance from each other. They provide clear visual reminders to people, and more importantly help provide clarity regarding safe distances, particularly in enclosed areas such as shops and factories.
No matter your situation or environment, from businesses and manufacturing to shopping and offices, it’s vital for organisations to have a strategy for how they can implement sufficient social distancing, and that they have sourced materials to help facilitate this.
From social distancing floor stickers to awareness signs, to hazard tape and directional flow arrows, there are a range of solutions that can be used. Keep reading to find out our top tips for ensuring you source the right products to suit your needs and environment.
Note: Always make sure you’re following specific government guidance related to your industry. Current UK government guidance is available at gov.uk/coronavirus
Social Distancing Labels for Offices
When developing your strategy, you need to be aware of who your audience will be, and how large it is. For example, it's likely that far fewer signs and labels will be needed for an office in which most people are able to work from home, compared to a public shop, or manufacturing facility.
Prioritise using stickers in areas where people are most likely to pass through or be in, such as kitchens, reception areas, and hallways near exits, entrances and toilets etc.
You could put stickers and signs in other locations, but there’s a risk of increased frequency causing them to become less-noticeable and just part of ‘background noise’ for people. Try changing designs or using different colours to help ensure people stay alert to the reminders. However, you shouldn't compromise on essential placements - if people could benefit, then use signs and stickers!
Social Distancing Labels for Shops
Use stickers, signs and labels to help ensure awareness of your policies and practices. This prevents confusion and helps keep your staff safer, reducing instances of non-compliance. They should be placed at key entrances, and near where people are most likely to interact with staff such as at checkouts. For example, you could have a sticker on or near a checkout to encourage customers to use a contactless payment method.
So that customers feel safe shopping at your store, you should also use stickers to help guide them throughout the store and maintain their distance from other shoppers. This can be in a variety or combination of formats, for example using single-direction arrows and movement flows around a store. You can also use stickers for queuing areas, and across aisles to keep people two metres apart, or as information to help people find efficient routes to essential items and avoid coming into contact with others.
Social Distancing Labels for Factories
Factories can vary a lot, so it’s important to look carefully at how people work, the routes they take, and how much interaction with others has to take place.
You could use stickers to mark designated areas for relay of items; for example one person brings a tool to this area, and then leaves again before a second person collects it - in a similar way to how delivery drivers are currently operating. This minimises close contact, but still ensures parts and equipment can move around your factory.
Floor stickers can also be used to separate different areas and provide clear markings for personal ‘work spaces’ to avoid close contact with others. You could also implement single direction arrows and restrict access to certain routes to help minimise face to face contact.
As with offices, you should also look to ensure that the areas where people are most likely to pass through or be in have suitable markings and instructions. For example, reception areas and frequently used hallways or facilities.