Covid-19 has left us with a sort of Schrodinger’s Economy – it’s both going and not going at the same time. Still, there’s the possibility that businesses will be given the go ahead to reopen soon. Whether or not this is a good thing is also in a state of quantum flux, but one thing is certain: people are going to be nervous about going places for a while. That means it’s a good idea to keep your business sanitized.
Hopefully you’ve already been doing that, but just in case, let’s go over some things you should know for keeping your business sanitized.
1. Set Up A Plan
Keeping your business sanitized is going to require some careful thought and coordination. Everybody’s going to need to know what to do to keep things clean. Make sure to get your plan written out and printed up so you can give a copy to each of your employees. They need to know what they’re doing as much as you do.
2. Hand Washing
One of the most effective ways to combat the spread of the virus is to wash your hands. Simple soap can destroy the tissues that hold viruses together, making it impossible for them to infect you. It’s usually a good idea to have a hand washing policy anyway, but it’s critical at this time. The CDC recommends you and your employees wash your hands after any of the following actions:
- After using the bathroom.
- Before, during and after food preparation.
- After blowing their nose, coughing or sneezing.
- After touching garbage.
If you cannot get enough soap, alcohol based hand sanitizer is the second best option.
3. Sneezing and Coughing Etiquette
Covid-19 is a respiratory virus. It gets into your lungs, intentionally provoking coughing so it can spread. It’s important that you teach proper hygiene for coughing and sneezing to help reduce the spread.
You should avoid coughing or sneezing into your hand. People use their hands for everything, so sneezing into your hands will simply spread the virus. Instead, cough into your shoulder, or a tissue. After doing so, throw the tissue away and wash your hands.
4. Provide Options for Employees
You don’t want employees to feel like they need to come in and work if they’re sick. If they do, they’ll only infect everyone, which will cause the disease to spread more quickly. To avoid this, make sure your sick leave policy is ready to cover your workers if they need to take time off. Ask your employees to report if they get tested and if they do, do not wait until the results come back to take them off the work schedule. If they are getting tested, they are probably showing symptoms, which means they have already been infectious; forcing them to come into work will only make things worse. Small business loans can be taken out to cover sick leave and policies are in place which could allow you to have those loans forgiven if they are used to cover sick leave for your employees. Check what benefits are available to help you out.
Where possible, arrange for a work-from-home program. There are many jobs in different businesses that can be done from home thanks to the internet. If your business is one that does not absolutely require employees to come in, give them the option to not do so.
5. Keep Workstations Clean
Encourage all of your employees to regularly clean their workstations. Regular cleaning of workstations should be done once per hour if you can manage it. Use cleaner to spray down the desk and office equipment, and wipe things clean.
In addition to workstations, all high touch surfaces should be regularly cleaned as well. These include all of the following:
- Credit card machines
- tables and chairs
- salt and pepper shakers
- sauce containers
- food trays
- light switches
Use some good judgement to come up with any other high-touch surfaces that should be cleaned.
6. Do Weekly Full Cleanings
In addition to the routine cleaning your employees should be doing every day, you’ll want to do full cleanings once a week. Designate a day during the week when you do the least amount of business for this. Shut down your business for the day and have a professional cleaning company come in and clean everything out. You might balk at the extra expense at first, but if you ignore this advice, it might cost you more later. Your employees will be more likely to be exposed to the virus without it and that could shut down your business even longer.
Take No Chances When Sanitizing Your Business
You don’t want to take any chances with the Covid-19 outbreak. Although the disease isn’t very deadly by itself, it can cause many complications and large numbers of cases stress hospitals to their breaking point. There are also many at-risk groups who are more likely to suffer serious side-effects from infection. All of these things can make the deadliness of the virus worse for those who don’t take it seriously.
Not only will sick employees cut into your business’s efficiency, but if your customers think that they might put themselves at risk going to your business, they’ll probably choose to stay home. Make sure you’re doing everything you can to keep your business sanitized.
We Can Help
Full cleanings can be a serious strain on any janitorial staff. They might also need to take sick leave as well. You might find yourself stretched for regular cleanings if you’re taking this seriously. Fortunately, we here at Clean Freak are here to help. If you need an extra hand getting your business sanitized, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.