Getting ready your workplace for COVID-19 is necessary just in case of an outbreak in the neighborhood where your business operates. Employers should start taking steps to prepare their workplace even if COVID-19 is not yet in the neighborhood. You don’t know for sure if your employees contact with someone who is sick with coronavirus and brought it into the office. The following are 6 tips on how to clean and decontaminate as well as prepare your workplace for COVID-19.
1. Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response Plan
Employers should develop an infectious disease preparedness and response plan. The development of the plan should be in line with the regulations of the local health agencies. The level of risks in the worksite is to be taken into consideration when developing the plan.
2. Give Short Orientation about COVID-19 Prevention
There should be short orientation that give the employees some basic instructions on how to prevent the COVID-19 virus from spreading. In the campaign, employers should promote frequent handwashing. Antibacterial hand soap should be readily provided. Hand rubs can be used as a replacement for antibacterial hand soap if it is not available.
3. Stock Up EPA Approved Chemicals
Adequate cleaning of the property and necessary daily supplies should be provided so that the janitor can do the cleanup work efficiently. You can also provide disposable wipes for the employees to wipe the work surfaces such as keyboard, mouse, and desk before use. Employees are to be taught to choose cleaning chemicals and wipes that are approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). They are to follow the manufacturer’s instructions on using the cleaning products.
4. Put Up COVID-19 Posters All Over the Office Building
Throughout the office building, there should be posters about prevention measures for COVID-19. The posters can provide basic information such as how to prevent the spread of COVID-19, how to manage the COVID-19 risks, what to consider when employees travel, respiratory etiquetttes and wearing facemasks.
5. Require Employees to Stay at Home
Employees that exhibit flu symptoms should return home for rest. Even a mild cough can spread germs and cause infection to others in the office. You can assign sick employees to work from home so that they can continue to receive a revenue. If possible, the employers shuold make adjustment to the worksite and work house to encourage physical distancing in between the employees.
6. Quarantine People Who Are Sick
Employers should abide by the criteria of the local public authorities when identifying those who are affected by the virus. Sick individuals should use their own cellphones to contact a health service. Anyone that is suspected to carry the virus should stay at least a 2 meters distance. Separate bathroom should be provided for people who are sick. The company should follow the guidance of the national authorities for employees who have been exposed to COVID-19.