The COVID-19 pandemic has forced businesses in all industries to pivot and rethink their operations. In order to keep business going during the pandemic, it’s vital that companies have a plan in place to keep their employees safe and healthy and their buildings free of the virus.
Here are a few things businesses can do to maintain building safety and keep employees healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Spread Everyone Out
The virus predominantly is passed from the nasal droplets of one person to another. As such, you’re best bet for combatting the spread of the virus is to keep employees as far apart as possible, and try to isolate those most vulnerable (workers over 65 and those with preconditions). Next, look for areas where you could be vulnerable—such as a common area where people go to commune and eat lunch. In these places, you’ll either want new rules for using these areas, and if possible, you may want to temporarily suspend usage of them and have employees eat at their desks or work stations. If the areas must be used, you should consider having “shifts” of when people can use it (and ensure they stay distanced), then have it sanitized immediately thereafter. Moreover, any time someone leaves their desk or work station, make it a rule they must wear a mask.
Use Shields and Props
If your business can afford the expenditure, you should consider investing in the plastic shields you see in supermarkets and other public places. This will add another protective barrier to nasal droplets in the air from when people talk, cough or sneeze. Moreover, you should use signs, cones, arrows or other props as a reminder of where you want people to go and how far apart you want them to remain.
Make Sure Enough Air is Circulating
Make sure the HVAC systems are working up to par, and that you’re able to get as much fresh air circulating as much as possible by using fans, windows and doors, assuming that’s an option in your workplace.
Communication is going to be key to get through this ordeal, and it’s vital that all employees understand what is expected of them to keep themselves and others safe and healthy.
Hire a Professional Cleaning Company
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, you may have handled cleaning duties internally. However, in order to really make employees safe and provide your business with peace of mind, you may want to hire a professional cleaning service that has the equipment, cleaning technologies and experience in performing proper coronavirus cleaning services.
In the Ontario, CA area, Golden Star Janitorial Inc provides COVID-19 cleaning services for businesses in a wide range of industries. For more information, contact us today.