When your employees are back to work, you will want to do a whole-office intense sanitizing process and schedule regular periodic sessions to provide full protection.
If your office space has not been fully staffed for some time it is best to have all touch surfaces cleaned with an approved disinfectant prior to return to office. For many surfaces this is just soap and water. It is best to use CDC recommended products that are proven effective against virus. You can find a list at the EPA.
Cleaning Of Individual Workstations
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has published guidelines for workplaces that include suggestions on how to prepare safe working environments.
Frequent hand washing and using alcohol-based hand sanitizers
Readily available sanitizing wipes for use in workspaces
Social distancing between employees
Limiting the shared use of office equipment
Supply tissues for coughing/sneezing (and possible mask use)
Recommend employees to stay home if they feel sick
Touchless soap dispensers, sanitizer dispensers, and faucets to limit contact with infectants
Maintaining Clean/Sanitized Workspaces
The burden for keeping employees and fellow staff members as safe as possible requires everyone to participate in the recommendations listed above.
In addition to recommending routine, periodic scheduled cleaning and sanitizing for the whole office, we also suggest following similar protocols to keep individual work areas sanitary. Here are some ideas:
Enforce routine cleaning of high touch areas like doorknobs, light switches, keyboards, handles, phones etc.
Encourage employees to use disposable sanitizing wipes to wipe down their work areas when they start their day and at the end of their workday.
Provide hand sanitizer for employees.
You may create innovative combined shifts or split work from home/work at office schedules so that as we return to work, we keep the office functioning, but not crowded.
Air Purfication Helps Maintain A Healthy Work Environment
In addition to the basic cleaning measures and high impact measures we have covered, (like handwashing, face masks, and distancing), air circulation and filtering are essential.
Air purifiers can attract and isolate particles that can harm us. Depending upon the filter selected, they can even attract and isolate particles as tiny as viruses .3microns. HEPA filters collect even tiny particles and some air purifiers have added germicidal UV protection which kills the virus over time. No single action is going to provide maximum protection, so maintaining proper hygiene, hand washing, and distancing should remain the primary focus.
To help with social distancing, wellness barriers are an effective germ barrier. They are clear acrylic screens placed between workstations that are easy to clean and sanitize. These screens permit an open work environment without compromising visibility and interaction. They contribute to the effort to keep people safe. Business owners are installing barriers – not just in public facing areas – but anywhere employees work together.