In only a few short weeks, the emergence of the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19, has created an unprecedented impact on the way we live and work.
We hope these tips for office safety will provide both knowledge and peace of mind as we navigate this critical public health issue.
If you’ve spent time working from home as a preventative measure, it’s the best time to institute optimal hygiene practices and solutions that can reduce the spread of viruses and colds (which is always welcomed, whether COVID-19 is a concern or not). Some ideas include:
- Increase the availability of disinfecting wipes and virus-killing hand sanitizers, and be sure everyone knowshow to use them effectively . As an added touch, quality unscented lotion around the office will keep everyone from drying out while keeping their hands clean. Encourage everyone in the office to commit to regularly cleaning high-touch surfaces.
- Continue to improve professional cleaning and disinfecting procedures within the office to reduce the occurrence of germs and bacteria in the workplace.
- Where possible, rely on touch-reducing amenities, such as double-swinging push doors, motion sensor lights, and other hands-free amenities that reduce germs in high-traffic areas.
- If flexible seating is an option in your office and people share desks, require everyone to clean equipment, workstations, and surfaces as soon as they leave or move to a different spot.
Using these guidelines, you can confidently help your staff navigate the challenges of this global public health issue. Should you have any questions or concerns about COVID-19 at home, school, or in the office, you can find more resources provided by the CDC here.