What is going on in the world right now is unprecedented and we know you may be feeling unsure about how safe and clean your office is. You’re thinking about the safety of your team and the clients who visit your office.
Everyone wants business to continue as usual but its crucial to take steps towards ensuring that our workplace is safe and sanitary, now more than ever.
Our Sascramento janitorial staff is here to give you some tips on how you can keep your office safe and clean during an outbreak with tips based on recommendations from the CDC. If you are already a client of SMM Janitorial, rest assured that your facilities have been cleaned and maintained at CDC standards and SMM Janitorial’s highest standards all along.
If you haven’t already had a conversation with your employees about disease-control practices, we suggest you call a meeting as soon as you gather all of the information you need. Calmly explain what measures need to be taken towards keeping the office safe.
Disclaimer: what you will read below is intended to reduce the risk of the virus spreading in your office. Even if you and your employees practice all of these things, you are still at risk of becoming infected.
Instruct employees to stay home if they’re sick
This one is always a good thing to have in place but its so crucial these days. Preventing the spread of a virus like coronavirus means people who are feeling sick need to stay home! Even if they just have a mild cold. This makes all the difference in whether or not others get infected.
If you don’t have a flexible sick day policy, now may be a good time for reconsidering one.
Everyone needs to wash their hands diligently
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the CDC both recommend that we all wash our hands often and for at least 20 seconds. WHO has a graphic that you can print out and post in your restrooms that shows proper handwashing technique. Handwashing is the best way to clean your hands. Soap+mechanical movement=clean hands
It is also suggested that people use hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Sanitizers that have 60% alcohol content or higher are considered to be good products.
Make sure your employees know that hand sanitizer is not a replacement for washing with soap and water.
Wipe Down High Touch Areas Regularly
Have your employees wipe down high-touch areas with cleaning wipes or a paper towel with a cleaner that contains bleach.
High-touch areas around the office include:
Coffee pot handle
Armrests on chairs
Practice sneezing and coughing etiquette
Another thing we should all practice is coughing and sneezing etiquette whether there is an outbreak or not. This may seem like a weird way to phrase this but it is what the CDC says.
Ideally, if you are going to sneeze or cough, do it into a tissue, dispose of that tissue, and then go wash your hands. If a tissue is not around, sneeze or cough into the crook of your elbow.
Avoid Large Gatherings
Sometimes feeling like we’re in a bubble in our office – there are events that an employee attends as a representative of your company with high volumes of other people i.e. seminars, conferences, large networking events, trade shows, etc. Many of these large events are being canceled, but if you have employees attending certain events that are not canceled, we suggest telling them not to go.
Have an office cleaning crew that’s trained for infection control
If you don’t already have an Sacramento office cleaning service with a team that knows the ins and outs of cleaning for infection control, this is something to consider investing in – at least in the short-term. If you would like more information, feel free to contact us.
We hope that we have given you helpful information that will help reduce the risk of spreading infection in your office and encourage you to share these things with your employees.