Work environments may never look the same after the global pandemic. A new awareness of germs and the consequences of letting them run rampant has changed policies and procedures for nearly every business. Comprehensive guidelines were issued to help reduce the transmission of viruses and other pathogens. However, they can be overwhelming. Following a few basic tips can help you navigate new recommendations and keep workers and customers are safe and protected.
Keep People Separate
Direct and prolonged contact is the fastest way to spread germs. Whether you are concerned with the novel coronavirus or the seasonal flu, the same basic rules apply. Keeping people at least six feet apart can help reduce transmission. Clear partitions, face masks and increased air circulation are all helpful strategies when you are not able to establish separate spaces. Use social distancing markers to remind everyone of spacing requirements.
Sanitizing should take place throughout the day and at the end of every shift. Purchase commercial sanitizing products and shop rags in bulk, then keep a bucket of pre-mixed solution handy. This allows you to quickly wipe down work areas and high-touch surfaces before or after contact. Spray bottles with a familiar solution are effective for quickly covering smaller or hard to reach areas. If you can’t find a commercial solution, diluted bleach can be safely used as a surface sanitizer.
Encourage Proper Hygiene
Handwashing and other general hygiene practices can go a long way to combating the spread of germs. Encourage staff and customers to wash their hands frequently, cover coughs and avoid touching their faces when possible. Portable hand sanitizer stations throughout public areas are an excellent option for when using soap and water is not possible.
Always follow the appropriate federal, state and local guidelines for sanitizing and cleaning procedures. If you are unsure what they are, contact your local health department for guidance. You cannot eliminate every danger, but taking a few general precautions will help increase safety and cleanliness in your business.