Getting Safely Back to Work Amidst COVID-19

 

As governors across the country begin easing restrictions that were put in place because of the Coronavirus pandemic, more and more businesses will be opening up. While some folks are more than ready to get back to working in the office, others are understandably wary. To ensure a safe environment for their employees and customers, all businesses, including those that remained open during the stay-at-home order, should have and follow a plan. In this blog post, we’ll cover some tips that will help businesses develop a plan for keeping people as safe as possible.

Clean and disinfect on a regular basis. 

  • Disinfect all workstations, furniture, and employee equipment. Disinfecting is more effective than cleaning or sanitizing alone. While cleaning and sanitizing lower the number of germs on a surface, disinfecting kills germs and ensures the lowest possible risk of spreading a virus. 
  • Clean and disinfect all hard surfaces, paying close attention to high touch areas such as desks, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, toilets, faucets and sinks. 
  • Fogging (spraying) should be used to disinfect the air and penetrate areas otherwise difficult to reach. NOTE: The process of applying a commercial-grade chemical disinfectant for virus removal should only be handled by professionals who are trained in decontamination procedures.
  • In addition to regular cleaning, hire professionals like Hays + Sons to disinfect your office any and every time anyone in the office has tested positive for COVID-19.

Provide protection. 

  • Keep hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes in common areas. 
  • Have Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) on hand, including masks or face coverings, gloves or other protective gear available for your employees and visitors, if possible. Small businesses and nonprofits in Indiana may get help through the PPE Marketplace, a program that helps supply PPE. 
  • If you are unable to provide PPE, post signage that indicates employees are required to bring and wear their own.

Create social distancing.

  • Make sure you have enough room to put a minimum of six feet between people. Create physical barriers and/or line markings to ensure distance. 
  • To achieve social distancing, you may have to limit indoor capacity, have people work in shifts, or allow some people to work from home. 
  • Keep in mind that some employees are particularly vulnerable—individuals ages 65 and over and those with high-risk conditions. Consider whether there is some work they can do remotely.

Enable personal hygiene. 

  • Provide easy access to handwashing stations or hand sanitizer and disinfectant products. 
  • Instruct employees not to touch their faces and to wash their hands frequently. 
  • Remind employees to cover a cough or sneeze with a tissue, then promptly throw it away and wash their hands. 
  • Instruct employees to limit touching things that others have touched and to not share work materials.

Screen employees daily.

  • Take employee temperatures before and after the workday with a touchless thermometer. 
  • Have employees answer a series of questions to check for symptoms of illness. For example, you may ask, “In the last 24 hours have you experienced: a cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, a sore throat or muscle pain?” 
  • If employees have symptoms, do not let them enter. Employees can access information about  COVID-19 testing by visiting the map of Indiana State Department of Health testing sites.

It’s important to remember that despite the lifting of stay-at-home orders, COVID-19 has not been eradicated. We must stay vigilant and continue to battle the virus as we go about our lives. We hope your business will take precautions like those suggested in this post. As always, Hays + Sons is here in your time of need 24/7/365, and we are equipped to restore property … and also to disinfect it. 

 

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