On March 11, 2020, the respiratory disease COVID-19 (also referred to as “coronavirus”) was announced by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a pandemic. Within days, businesses were ordered to shut their doors, and millions of workplaces were forced to decide their next course of action in order to minimize close contact.
While workplaces like movie theaters, gyms, restaurants, and bars have closed, there are some businesses that are vital to the function and well-being of society—hospitals and grocery stores chief among them. If your workplace is still open, you and your employees may be worried about the amount of close contact you experience. In some workplaces, like the food industry or the medical field, sanitation is vital to keeping both your employees and the general public safe. Read more below to learn how you can protect your workplace from germs.
Tools to Protect Your Workplace From Germs
Even if you are maintaining business as usual when in contact with customers or patients, it is crucial that your workplace is clean at all times. There are many ways to help keep those who are in good health safe while minimizing the spread of the virus. To take the guesswork out of protecting yourself, your employees, and the public from coronavirus, we’ve put together some tips for maintaining a sanitary workplace.
1. Disposable Gloves
While healthcare professionals emphasize the importance of washing hands, sometimes extra precautions must be taken to avoid coming into contact with the virus, especially in high-risk areas with heavy foot traffic. Nitrile gloves, which are synthetic and a safe substitution for individuals with latex allergies, provide a barrier between you and your workspace while minimizing the spread of the disease.
2. Disposable Shoe Covers
Shoe covers stop workers from tracking outside dirt and grime into a sanitary workplace. These are especially useful if you work in a health care facility because they protect patients from any illnesses you might bring in from the outside world, while also protecting those outside your workplace at the end of the day.
3. Disposable Lab Coats
While you might not sport a lab coat while ringing up groceries at the supermarket, lab coats offer the same sort of protection that disposable shoe covers offer—keeping the spread of the virus to a minimum via transmission on clothing. These should be worn in a health care facility but are also useful in adding an extra barrier between employees and the goods being stocked behind closed doors in stores and restaurants.
Sanitation Standards to Protect Your Workplace From Germs
1) Wash Your Hands
Washing your hands is good practice for preventing many viruses, like influenza, and should be practiced regularly. Hand sanitizer kills viruses in a pinch, but the World Health Organization recommends only using sanitizer when soap and water are not immediately available. Unwashed hands can aid in the spread of the coronavirus, along with many other viruses.
2) Clean and Sanitize Frequently Used Objects and Spaces
Wiping down surfaces in break rooms and bathrooms should be common practice to avoid the spread of illness year-round, but this is a good way to protect workers against coronavirus when they’re not wearing gloves or other safety gear to protect themselves.
3) Keep Your Workers Healthy
Both physical and mental health are important during a pandemic. Stress can weaken the immune system, making it easier to contract an illness. Allowing adequate breaks and time off will aid in social distancing, and help ease the minds of a stressed workforce by practicing proper sanitation and keeping those with respiratory illness home. Should employees demonstrate common symptoms related to influenza, they should be encouraged to take sick leave and seek medical care, as even mild symptoms can be symptoms of COVID-19.
Focus on What You Can Do, Not What You Cannot
Managing workplace safety during a pandemic can be very stressful, but if we adhere to the recommendations of the World Health Organization, the CDC, and healthcare providers, each individual effort could help slow the community spread. Self-quarantine and social distancing, combined with proper sanitation, travel restrictions, and avoiding those who are at a higher risk for infection—as well as practicing proper sanitation and care in the workplace—are just a few of the things that we can do to keep the number of cases of coronavirus as low as possible.
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