Lots of places of employment are gearing up to welcome workers and the general public back, but not without the right precautions.
Your company might be taking measures such as installing forehead thermometers, requiring all visitors to wear masks, or even installing expensive HVAC filtration systems, but the best offense is an overall great defense.
Take note of how hospitals and doctors’ offices have been doing things for months now, and ensure that there is not another outbreak in your area.
Below you will find all of the steps you need to take before you can declare your workplace officially COVID ready.
1. Have Cleaning Supplies for All Surfaces
In an environment where there will be a human presence, it is important to have the ability to disinfect any and all surfaces. While wet wipes and hand sanitizer are good for minimizing germs, bacteria, and the presence of viruses, these standard cleaning supplies won’t disinfect everything.
If your workplace has a lot of soft surfaces, you are going to need a different type of cleaning approach. Either you can wrap everything up in plastic, or you can take major steps like ripping up all the carpeting.
Look for disinfectants and hospital-grade cleaners that will work on all surfaces, including carpets and upholstery, before you indicate that your workspace is ready to stand a chance against Covid-19.
2. Create Natural Barriers Between Staff and the Public
During any kind of transaction, there is a need for direct communication. And while the email might work great for people miles apart, the most direct form of communication that humans normally use is verbal. Unfortunately, doctors and scientists have attributed verbal communication to be one of the main ways that people become infected with the coronavirus.
As a person speaks, droplets of saliva become suspended in the air, potentially infecting anyone who comes in contact. Hanging panels, plastic partitions, and other types of sneeze guards are a great secondary defense against coronavirus. Have your staff wear masks, but also install barriers between them and all customers.
3. Chart Out One-Way Routes of Travel
A major reason why coronavirus is continuing to spread is that people are unnecessarily coming in contact. If you are able to create a route for people to come in, and a separate route for them to exit, then fewer people at your workplace will ever come in contact.
For instance, you could use one set of doors for the entrance, then another set of doors on the other side of the building as an exit.
You might want to use a series of arrows or colored dots to mark each route or put up cones to help direct people on where to go. With one way in and one way out, you will have fewer chances of cross-contamination, too.
Making your workspace compliant with CDC advice can help to protect the spread against COVID. This is a serious illness that there is still not an approved vaccine for, so every preventative measure you take truly counts. Keep coronavirus at bay, especially at work, by keeping all areas tidy and properly secured.