Never has it been more important to have a safe, healthy workforce than now. As the flu season tends to arrive a bit later in the year, the fear of catching COVID-19 remains top of mind. These five tips will help prevent the spread of disease, regardless of the type, to help everyone in your office stay healthy and safe.
Reminders are always helpful, but people can become “blind” to them if they never change. Consider updating or posting signage when there hasn’t been any before. Include notices about proper and frequent handwashing, covering coughs, and other sanitary precautions your office is taking.
Prevention is always the key to combating the spread of contagious diseases.
Make a schedule
Most cleaning is done on a schedule, but now may be the time to increase cleaning frequency and better communicate about how and when cleaning is happening and by whom. Consider placing sanitation stations or disinfecting wipes in specific areas known for high touch or where office staff may want additional protection, such as in the kitchen or breakroom, copy machine, or entrances.
Give good instructions
Clearly marked instructions are helpful too. Note what cleaning products should or should not be used on specific items. Don’t assume anyone knows how to use cleaners, especially if they are commercial products as opposed to household products. For example, often commercial products require PPE and/or dilution, unlike those at home.
If specific training is required to prevent injury such as burns, slips, ingestion, etc., be sure to train staff and keep the products safely secured and only accessible to those with the correct skills.
Plan a Deep Clean with a Professional Team
If employees are once again returning to work in the office, it may be a good idea to plan a deep clean of the space, or schedule one prior to the holiday season. A deep clean by professionals with training in the best practices of the industry will support your efforts for a safe, healthy workforce.
Some companies try to cut corners by using office personnel to perform janitorial tasks. Use the right people, trained correctly, with the best products for a true, sanitary, deep clean.
Remember soft surfaces
It’s easy to remember to clean hard surfaces like counters, handles, and restrooms, but it’s important to remember the soft surfaces as well, such as carpets, window coverings, and upholstery.
Your professional cleaning company will have a checklist of the tasks they do on a standard basis, and which are included in a deep clean or specialty cleaning. Review this and then request the additional tasks desired for your deep cleaning.
Whether commercial or residential space, for a professional, thorough clean, trust A Cleaning Service. An award-winning cleaning company serving the Greater Washington DC, Virginia, and Maryland areas, we want to keep your environment healthy for every season. Ongoing cleanings or a deep clean, we handle it all so you can focus on the tasks and relationships that matter to you!