Going back to the office post Covid? – Are You Even Ready?
281 days… since March 17, 2020. When we were told of Covid-19 and our lives changed.
We started working from home, while managing kids and cramped office spaces with partners trying to do their jobs at the same time. AND with Limited Wi-Fi signals and school zoom lessons taking all the bandwidth. We were scared to go to the store, scared to visit family and friends, and disinfecting everything in sight.
Clorox, Lysol, hand sanitizers – TOILET PAPER and PAPER TOWELS – where did it all go? Will it save us?
Was I the only one side-eyeing my coworkers wondering why `all of a sudden’ everyone was obsessed with washing their hands…? “why weren’t you doing that all along?!?!” And now here we are, 281 days later – going into yet another lockdown and wondering how on earth we get back into the office and back into our lives.
Are you even ready to go back into the office?
Multiple factors can take place to ensure a safer work environment, including screening for symptoms and exposures, and measures that can increase social distancing and reduce crowding, such as changes to shifts, start times and breaks. Additionally, employers can take additional steps such as providing hand sanitizer, signage across the workplace, establish policies and procedures related to cleaning and disinfecting. It is also important that employees who can telework should be encouraged to do so, and most importantly, policies should be in place that encourage sick employees to stay home.
First Things First – Get it Clean!
How to clean:
-Wear disposable gloves to clean and disinfect.
-Clean surfaces using soap and water, then use disinfectant. (Cleaning with soap and water reduces number of germs, dirt and impurities on the surface. Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces.)
-Practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces.
More frequent cleaning and disinfection may be required based on level of use.
Surfaces and objects in public places, such as shopping carts and point of sale keypads should be cleaned and disinfected before each use.
High touch surfaces include:
Tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, sinks, etc.
How to disinfect:
Disinfect with a household disinfectant on List N: Disinfectants for use against SARs-CoV-2external icon, the virus that causes COVID 19.
Follow the instructions on the label to ensure safe and effective use of the product.
Many products recommend: Keeping surface wet for a period of time (see product label) & precautions such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during use of the product.
Cleaning Soft surfaces
For soft surfaces such as carpeted floor, rugs, and drapes
- Clean the surface using soap and water or with cleaners appropriate for use on these surfaces.
- Launder items (if possible) according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Use the warmest appropriate water setting and dry items completely.
- Disinfect with a household disinfectant on List N: Disinfectants for use against SARs-CoV-2external icon.
- Vacuum as usual.
Electronics: should be cleaned and disinfected before each use.
For electronics, such as tablets, touch screens, keyboards, remote controls, and ATM machines
-Consider putting a wipeable cover on electronics for easy wipe down.
-Follow manufacturer’s instruction for cleaning and disinfecting.
-If no guidance, use alcohol-based wipes or sprays containing at least 70% alcohol. Dry surface thoroughly.
And of course, since nothing is guaranteed, there are going to be infections. When that happens, know that your friendly neighborhood janitorial company is here to help. ( Click HERE to be connected ) After a thorough cleaning and disinfection; we have a backpack sprayer that mists a CDC-approved chemical disinfectant over all surfaces. We leave it to dry and 30 minutes later, you are back in business.
Best of luck to you. Get back out there and here’s looking forward to a much-improved 2021!