Owning and running a business during the novel Coronavirus pandemic is rife with challenges. The CDC put pressure on business owners to do everything in their power to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Business owners find this to be a lot of responsibility. They are already focused on gaining back losses, serving their customers and finding new ways to serve the public.
The CDC stated, “Reducing the risk of exposure to COVID-19 by cleaning and disinfection is an important part of reopening public spaces that will require careful planning. Every American has been called upon to slow the spread of the virus through social distancing and prevention hygiene….” But, where should businesses start with planning their cleaning processes?
You can kill the Coronavirus with the proper selection of products and methods. In fact, the EPA released a 66 page compiled list of products and methods that can kill the virus. They continue to update the list which began in March of 2020. Each product comes with its own directions for how long, how much and where to use the product.
The CDC recommends cleaning high-touch surfaces in public places often. This includes doorknobs, light switches, computer keyboards, bathroom surfaces, phones, water taps, floors and toilets. Additionally, it is unclear how long the virus can live on clothes, bedding and other linen. So, you will want to launder these items often.
One consideration for business owners is how to ensure the safety of their staff through new cleaning processes associated with COVID-19. If you have staff in charge of cleaning and disinfecting your business, what precautions need to be in place to protect them from exposure?
The CDC recommends that staff who are in charge of sanitation of your facility be supplied with the proper training and personal protective equipment. This includes masks, laundered gowns and gloves, in order to safely clean facilities. Additionally many businesses have chosen to offer hazard pay and quarantine pay options due to the dangerous nature of this job.
Business owners suddenly found themselves in a world filled with many choices. They needed to find new procedures to rapidly create and implement.
Flexibility is a key factor for companies hoping to make it out of the pandemic intact. This can look like creating new standard operating procedures. New procedures can include hourly, daily and weekly cleaning protocol. Also, it can include removing items that are high-touch but non-essential (lamps, rugs, pens, magazines, etc.)
You can hire a commercial cleaning company to help lower the risk during the pandemic. A professional cleaning company will protect untrained staff from exposure. It also saves companies time in learning best practices and then training staff to effectively fight the virus. Hiring a commercial cleaning company saves businesses money spent on buying products, which are currently in high-demand and short supply.
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