Operating a business during this pandemic presents problems that only a few have been trained to address. Among these problems, the biggest is keeping our workplace clean to maintain a safe environment for our employees and customers.
But that doesn’t mean you have to close up shop. You can keep your workplace safe during the coronavirus pandemic by taking these seven actionable steps.
1. Ask Sick Employees to Stay at Home
Since the coronavirus spreads through respiratory droplets from coughing and sneezing, the best way to prevent it from entering your workplace is to not allow in sick people.
So if an employee is sick or even feeling just a bit under the weather but doesn’t want to take a break, ask them to take some time off both for their own safety and that of everyone else as well.
2. Encourage Everyone to Wash their Hands as Often as Possible
Ask everyone in your workplace to wash their hands after they eat, touch door handles, blow their nose, and any other action which involves potential contact with pathogens.
Another thing you should encourage is proper hand washing. Inform everyone that whenever they wash their hands, they should do so in the proper manner:
1. Put your hands under running water
2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with soap for at least 20 seconds
3. Scrub your hands until all the soap comes off before drying them
3. Discuss Sneezing and Coughing Etiquette With Your Employees
By following the proper sneezing and coughing etiquette, we can significantly reduce the spread of pathogens. So make sure to discuss them in your office.
Here’s a simple set of rules recommended by experts:
● Disposing used tissues in a wastebasket
● Avoiding coughing or sneezing into hands
● Covering mouth and nose with a tissue (or upper sleeve if there’s no tissue nearby) when coughing or sneezing
4. Put Sanitizers In Every Room of Your Building
Since you cannot place soap and sink in every room, you should put alcohol-based sanitizers in every corner of your building. Doing so will allow everyone to clean their hands right away rather than having to make a visit to the nearest bathroom.
5. Discourage Handshakes
Refusing a handshake isn't ill-mannered anymore — it's recommended. So tell your employees to ditch the traditional handshake for greeting someone and flash a friendly wave, peace sign, or thumbs-up instead. And while we’re on the subject, the same goes for all other forms of physical contact.
6. Clean Frequently Touched Surfaces Regularly
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), you can become infected with COVID-19 by touching a contaminated object and then touching your nose, mouth, or eyes.
So it’s important to avoid touching your nose, mouth, and eyes throughout the day and clean the frequently touched surfaces in your workplace regularly.
Here’s a list of office surfaces that are touched most frequently:
● Light switches
Make sure these surfaces are cleaned and sanitized at least once a day.
7. Hire a Cleaning Service
With over a decade of experience in the cleaning industry, we can tell you that proper cleaning is not nearly as easy as it looks.
Even if your employees are willing to put in the effort to clean, they won't get the job done right due to their lack of experience. A cleaning company, on the other hand, can ensure every surface in your daycare center is spotless 24/7/365.
If you’d like to hire an experienced team of professional cleaners who can keep your facility as clean as humanly possible with minimal input on your part, get in touch with us today!