Businesses Reopening: Safe PracticesJUNE 18, 2020| SpeedPro Greenville
One of the biggest questions nagging at business owners is the question: how can I best reopen my business while keeping my personnel healthy and promoting social distancing? With many businesses reopening and more and more consumers hitting the shops, how can we keep everyone healthy?
Promote Healthy Hygiene Practices
1. Hand Washing
This seems an obvious practice to promote, but about four in 10 Americans don’t always wash their hands after going to the bathroom at home. Gross.
Good hand hygiene includes washing before and after preparing food, treating a cut or wound, after using the toilet and after touching garbage, to name a few. According to the CDC, the right steps to washing your hands include:
- Wet your hands with clean, running water.
- Lather the fronts and backs of your hands, including between the fingers and under the nails.
- Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds.
- Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
- Dry your hands using a clean towel or air drying.
Another way to encourage good hand hygiene is to install hand sanitizing stations. Outfitted with hand sanitizer dispensers, the ease and availability of these stations encourage employees to sanitize more frequently.
2. Cloth Face Coverings
According to the CDC, COVID-19 mainly spreads through respiratory droplets when coughing, sneezing or talking. The CDC advises wearing cloth face coverings in public settings to reduce the risk of coming in contact with infected droplets.
Right now, the numbers say around 80 percent of those infected are asymptomatic. Social distancing and mask wearing are advised due to the likelihood of people being carriers without knowing it. The cloth face coverings add an extra layer to help restrict the travel of respiratory droplets.
3. Intensify Cleaning and Disinfection
Workplace cleaning has always been around, but with the threat of catching the coronavirus, intensified cleaning and disinfecting is advised. To do this, you may need to develop your existing cleaning plan or create a new one entirely. You may need to add a list of objects and surfaces that need to be added to the cleaning and disinfecting list.
The EPA has approved a list of disinfectants that work well in combating COVID-19. Using these disinfectants along with routinely cleaning with soap and water will help reduce the risk of exposure.
It is important to remember a few things about dealing with the virus:
- Coronaviruses on surfaces and objects naturally die within hours to days.
- Warmer temperatures and exposure to sunlight reduce virus lifespan on surfaces and objects.
- Don’t mix bleach or other cleaning and disinfection products together. This can cause dangerous fumes.
- Always wear gloves appropriate for the chemicals being used.
4. Train All Employees on Health and Safety Protocols
Any and all health and safety protocols that you add upon reopening should be clearly defined and communicated to your employees.
Encourage Social Distancing
1. Display Social Distancing Signage
After you’ve trained your employees on your updated health and safety protocols, you can easily remind them with some well paced signs and graphics around the office. Some of these include:
- One-way traffic floor graphics
- Footprint graphics
- New elevator capacity reminders
For a more extensive list, check out our blog on social distancing graphics.
2. Install Sneeze Guards
Have you noticed the little clear sheets of plexiglass or acrylic material standing between you and an office receptionist? Those sneeze guards help prevent your germs from flying through the air and landing on the receptionist, or vice versa. But you probably already know this.
These clear sneeze guards can also be installed between individual work spaces to keep people from spreading germs while still allowing them to be social. We can print custom designs and graphics to promote your branding and/or decorate the glass.
Monitor for Sickness
One of the best ways to keep the coronavirus at bay is to keep those with the virus away. Be flexible with your employees and have a plan in place for if someone does get sick. If it’s feasible, develop and implement procedures to check for signs and symptoms in your employees each day.
Regularly monitor and communicate developments with local authorities and employees. Know what’s happening around you – if there’s a sudden outbreak, be prepared for the possibility of some employees getting sick. Most importantly, be ready to consult with local health authorities in the event a case (or cases) appears in your business or area.
Be Ready for Change
As you open, consider the changes COVID-19 has caused. Building capacity may be lower than before and social distancing is still highly encouraged. WeWork is an office space leaser, and they’ve begun restructuring the way their offices are set up. You can check out this PDF for some ideas on how you can rearrange your spaces.
We at SpeedPro would love to help you open safely. We print custom footprint floor markers, bathroom and health graphics, custom acrylic sneeze guards and more. We can print it all, just the way you want it.
As our world opens up again in the midst of this coronavirus, stay safe, be healthy and live well.