While many employers have asked their workers to work from home due to COVID19, in many cases, that is not possible. Because of this, Secure Clean has prepared a list of steps, based on OSHA recommendations, to help protect the health of your staff and keep them healthy in the workplace.
Many are the steps we have heard already, including frequent and thorough hand washing, the use of sanitizers if handwashing is not possible, stay home if sick, physical distancing, and encourage what is becoming a new term, “respiratory etiquette.” This means covering your nose and mouth with your elbow or tissues should you cough or sneeze.
Other steps employers can take to help protect the health of their workers from COVID19 include the following:
• If possible, to enhance physical distancing, stagger time slots to reduce the number of workers in the office at one time.
• Try to rearrange open office areas so that all staffers are at least six feet apart; this is physical distancing and is vital in stopping the spread of the disease.
• Discourage workers from using the same phones, desks, offices, workstations, and equipment if possible.
• Meet with your cleaning contractor and review cleaning and disinfecting protocols and where they may need to be enhanced.
• Review the disinfectants used in your facility. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends using EPA-approved disinfectants with labels that claim they are effective “against emerging viral pathogens.”
• Messaging can be very powerful and should be placed at critical locations around the office. These are signs on handwashing from the CDC that can be downloaded. Here are downloadable messaging signs about the symptoms of COVID-19 from the CDC.
• Encourage, if not insist, that all staffers’ self-monitor their health. If they believe they are becoming ill, report this to employers and then go home.
• Create an isolation room, away from other building users, where a potentially ill staffer can stay should they need transportation home. Someone that is ill should not take public transportation.
• This may not be the best time to hire temporary workers. Only do so if necessary.
• Be flexible as to sick times and do not require a healthcare provider’s note for employee’s sick with respiratory issues. If not already, we can expect medical facilities to become very busy in the coming weeks, and they may not be able to provide this information promptly.
This is also a good time for building managers to check HVAC air filters. These should be changed more frequently while this crisis continues and select high-efficiency air filters. While these cannot filter out the germs, causing COVID19, they can help improve the overall air quality in the facility
Additionally, check HVAC ventilation rates. Some systems allow you to adjust how much cooled or heated air is mixed with indoor and outside air. Set the system so that more outside fresh air is brought into the facility.
Secure Clean will continue to monitor the situation and update all visitors to our website, as well as our customers and future customers, on ways to keep their facilities clean and healthy during this regrettable situation.
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More information on steps Secure Clean is taking to protect the health of your staff during the COVID19 pandemic can be found here.
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