Keeping Your Workplace Clean during COVID19
We all know that hygiene and cleanliness are vital components of staying healthy during the pandemic. But if you’re just cutting corners now because COVID-19 has been announced, think about your future as a business. It is in everyone’s best interest to keep up these processes after things return back to normal so go ahead and make sure those sinks can shine before it becomes too late.
It’s the perfect time to re-evaluate your sanitization process. It doesn’t matter what industry you’re in, every business needs a clean and healthy environment for employees or customers. With constant care and dedication towards these processes, not only will you be able to maintain your health while fighting off harmful viruses but also thrive as an organization so long as you are diligent about upholding good habits with respect to hygiene.
Make cleaning an employees habit
The office environment is a reflection of your business. Always look professional and do not forget to maintain housekeeping standards in the workplace, too.
One way that you can help promote cleanliness around the office is by making regular announcements on how hygiene affects everyone’s productivity at work.
Plus, remind them why they should take care of their personal space with simple cleaning routines like wiping down desks once or twice each day (including computer keyboards) as well as keeping communal spaces such as offices kitchen areas spotless including appliances like microwaves and fridges.
Don’t Save on Cleaning Products
A common money-saving tactic is to buy cheaper, potentially poorer-quality cleaning products. This can be a bad idea because a lot of the time those cheaper cleaners are just as effective, but they add in harsher chemicals that may not be good for you or your employees’ health.
Many traditional cleaners contain damaging chemicals that might threaten the health of workers at your establishment. Purchasing cleaning solutions from a reliable supplier ensures that you and your staff members are protected, and it allows them to work quickly with minimal effort.
Hire a professional cleaning service
Professional cleaners are a must for any commercial property, no matter the size. Without them, your business will never be as clean and healthy as it should be. With companies that specialize in cleaning, you’ll have access to top-of-the-line products that guarantee immaculate results so you can focus on running your business instead.
A professional cleaning service can take care of all your office needs. Office cleanings, window polishing, and washroom supplies are just a few things they offer in their vast repertoire. They’ll tailor the schedule to suit you with time slots that work for you.
Make hand-washing a priority
It is important to understand the health and safety risk associated with poor hygiene practices and what they mean for the institution as a whole. Employers are rightfully concerned that someone who does not wash hands responsibly will potentially introduce more germs into public settings outside of work, compromising the cleanliness.
20 seconds of scrubbing. That’s all you need to do in order to avoid the spread of Coronavirus. The CDC recommends washing and scrubbing with soap for at least 20 seconds, including between fingers and under nails.
If you work in a corporate environment, employers can have employees post reminders about when they should wash their hands on bulletin boards around the office or print out fact sheets that detail how long it takes to properly cleanse your skin. One great way to make hand washing more interesting and interactive is by printing Minster’s infographic that provides a six-step technique with visuals for easy reference.
Proper Air Filtering and Ventilation
The ventilation in your office building is one important factor when it comes to the safety of workers and combating Coronavirus. Regularly replacing your HVAC filters prevents them from becoming saturated, which reduces the risk of microbial growth and odor concerns. Maintaining a humidity range of 30-50% utilizing a dehumidifier can also cut down on air pollutants and help create clean healthy work conditions.
Waste disposal plan
When it comes to cleaning up and disposing of waste, the company needs a detailed plan.
The first step is ensuring that there are dust bins or garbage cans in all high traffic locations on the property such as near copy machines, coffee stations, breakrooms for employees.
Guidelines should also be given out to staff members responsible for cleanup where they need to dispose of their trash at end of the day so that visitors don’t see the mess left behind by forgetting about proper disposal methods when leaving an area.
Bins must be emptied and replaced with a new bin bag at the end of every day; this includes bins in employee break rooms, kitchenettes, offices. A tidy desk policy needs to include whether or not employees have their own personal rubbish container- it should either state you can bring your own trash out as needed for quick disposal each time an empty one is swapped back into place from where they are stored near desks, or that staff members take turns emptying all receptacles on certain days throughout the week.
Establish sanitizing stations in the most commonly used areas
Avoiding contact with Coronavirus while living during this pandemic can be as simple as making sure everyone always has access to “clean hands.”
It is imperative to keep hand sanitizing stations everywhere: by entrances and exits, around any communal areas like kitchens or bathrooms, and at meeting rooms.
Companies are advised to have hand sanitizer available for employees. Employees should also have their own bottle of hand sanitizer to use throughout the day.
As the COVID19 pandemic continues to spread, it’s important that you take steps to protect yourself and your workplace.
Make sure everyone is properly educated on how they can keep their workspace clean during this outbreak and ensure people are practicing good hygiene habits.