In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, many workplaces are implementing measures to ensure a viral outbreak can never reach the magnitude the coronavirus did, again. And, while the virus shows signs of slowing, there is always the risk it may re-emerge in the future, and because of that, we must all work together to safeguard our employees.
Implementing measures to ensure sanitation in the workplace is absolutely imperative to a clean and safe working environment, and every workplace should strive to do this. There are many ways you can make your workplace a cleaner environment, and this page will seek to tell you how.
Here are some guaranteed measures to ensure sanitation in the workplace.
At one time or another, all companies employ a commercial cleaner. Using commercial cleaning services can ensure your workplace is hygienic and sanitary, and is a great way to prevent the spread of any viruses or germs. Viruses can live on hard surfaces for up to two weeks, which means if any of your employees were to touch the hard surface with these viruses on them, that they would risk transmission to others.
Commercial cleaning is not only good for preventing the spread of viruses, but for killing all germs and bacteria that your office may be harboring. Germs and bacteria, especially in an office full of people, are likely to be everywhere. You would be surprised how many people do not wash their hands after using the bathroom, and those same people touch the office fridge, sink, and their desk. These germs and bacteria multiply quickly, and given an opportunity, will infect whoever they can. Commercial cleaning is a brilliant safeguarding measure you can implement to prevent the spread of anything that could be harmful to your employees or their families.
Mandatory Masks and Gloves
Following the COVID-19 epidemic, many workplaces are issuing their staff with gloves and masks that they must wear at all times in the workplace. While these masks can often be stifling, they can save lives and prevent the transmission of any germs or viruses. The gloves, also, ensure that nobody can transmit viruses. All it takes is for one person to sneeze on their hands and not wash it off, then shake hands with somebody, and that person is now a carrier of the former’s virus. This is why gloves are so important, now more than ever.
Masks, while they do not prevent you from breathing in germs, can prevent you from releasing them into the air, and prevent you from touching your face and inhaling the germs. Masks work to prevent you from sneezing and the germs permeating the air, and they will stop you from coughing in the direction of other people.
Masks and gloves used in combination can be a fantastic way to ensure your office’s sanitation and that your office workers are kept safe from germs. Germs and bacteria do not discriminate and will not hesitate to infect anybody they have the opportunity to infect.
Antibacterial Gel Stations
If you cannot implement masks and gloves for your employees, then set up antibacterial gel stations. These stations, used in combination with no contact rules, will ensure that your employees are unable to transmit or pick up viruses in your office. Anytime they touch their face or cough into their hand, they should be expected to use the gel, and by doing this, will not be able to spread the virus onto surfaces they touch, such as their keyboard, or their desk. Antibacterial gel stations are becoming very popular, and many workplaces around the world are making use of them.
Shoe bags are becoming very popular as well, but not to prevent the spread of viruses, rather to prevent employees from traipsing dirt and germs into the office. Shoe bags are bags that you put over your shoes and tie with a knot, almost like hazmat boots, and will act as a protective barrier against your shoes and the office carpet. The number of germs and bacteria that are spread by simply walking from outdoors to indoors is astronomical, and shoe bags are an absolutely necessity, now more than ever. Used in combination with other measures on this list, they will be a great and effective anti-germ tool.
No Contact Zones
Implementing no contact zones ensures your worker’s safety. While social distancing regulations have been reduced, you should still maintain this in your office to prevent any viruses being transmitted, and to keep your employees as safe as you can. Unfortunately, many outbreaks of the COVID-19 virus are still happening in workplaces around the world, and no contact zones will help to combat this.
Now you know a few ways that you can keep your workplace safe in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. It has never been more important than it is now for us to ensure the safety of our employees, and their families. The world is reeling from the aftermath of the pandemic, and it is time that we came together and made workplaces safer for those who spend their days there.