Covid-19 And Closed Areas: How To Ensure Your Working Space Is Safe
Whenever you watch a movie about an alien attack, zombie attack, or even a pandemic, you watch it from the comfort of your own home while eating popcorn because you know that this is all far-fetched and fiction.
If the last couple of years have taught us something, it is that anything can happen; maybe not alien or zombie attacks, but you can live in the same amount of fear and your regular day-to-day life can change forever.
The pandemic has undoubtedly changed the way people live their lives. Now, you can’t leave the house without a mask, and you have to socially distance and wash your hands every few minutes. Since the pandemic, many people have chosen to work from home, but now, with the vaccination rolling out, they are starting to feel a little safer to go back to their normal lives. But before you go back to work, it is important to ensure that your working space is safe. Keep reading to find out how.
Create a Safety Plan
If you are a business owner and restrictions are being eased or lifted in where you are from, then you are probably going to have your employees go back to the office. The most important step that you should take is to create a safety plan. This is done by figuring out how many employees you are allowed into a space at a time and the measures that will be taken to keep everyone safe. If you aren’t sure how to take these measures, you may refer to the CDC guidelines to help you choose the safety protocol that you need to take in shared spaces. Moreover, since transitioning back to work may take some time, you can hire someone to handle the company’s new policies.
If Covid-19 has taught people anything, it is that cleanliness can save your life. However, when it comes to your working space, washing your hands isn’t enough. You have to make sure that the offices, including the desks and chairs, are being constantly cleaned to avoid the spread of any infection. This can be done by hiring a contract cleaning service to come and clean the offices on a regular basis.
Hiring a professional cleaning service will definitely make things easy because they know what they are doing and you won’t have to worry about anything. Clean offices will surely protect your employees and make the working space a lot safer.
Redesign the Offices
One of the rules that Covid-19 has imposed upon people for their safety is social distancing. And now that people are back to work, the offices need to be redesigned for the new safety requirements. You have to ensure that the employees maintain a six-foot distance at all times. This can be done by hiring a professional designer to make specific adjustments to the office’s layout.
Create Visual Reminders
The way people have been living right now is called the new normal. Although it is “normal,” it is still new and people still forget these new rules they have to live by. Forgetting can easily happen at the office with people being so focused on their work. This is why you should use visual reminders and signs around the office to remind people to wash their hands, socially distance, and wear a mask. You can also opt for colorful reminders in order to get people’s attention.
Reduce Frequently Touched Surfaces
There are so many objects and surfaces in the office that people frequently touch, which can easily spread the virus. That is why it is recommended to note all these objects and determine if they can be easily removed or not. These objects may include door handles, printers, bin lids, magazines, and kitchen appliances. You can remove all the items that people can do without and encourage them to bring their food with them so you would limit the usage of kitchen appliances. Moreover, you can leave most or all doors open if possible, opt for touch-free recycle bins, and advise your employees to turn on the lights using their elbows instead of their fingers. Last but not least, provide the offices with sanitary wipes so people can use them on highly touched surfaces.
The pandemic has changed the way people live their lives, and things that were unheard of have become the new normal, like social distancing and wearing masks. That being said, these factors were implemented to protect your and other people’s lives. If you’ve decided it is safe for your employees to go back to work, it is important to create a safe environment for them to avoid any infections, which may lead to disastrous consequences.