As businesses all over the country slowly start reopening following stay-at-home orders and extreme social distancing, many building managers have a lot of questions. After all, the COVID-19 virus is still spreading quickly across our cities and towns, making it imperative to still take all necessary precautions. The goal of every building or facilities manager is to keep their building facility safe, clean, and disinfected, but how do you accomplish that during a global pandemic? We are going to provide you with everything that you need to know about reopening your business to the public as safe as you can during a pandemic.
Develop a Plan for Safe Behaviour Practices
Each business and facility is recommended to come up with their own best practices to keep their building’s occupants as safe as possible when reopening. How can you limit the exposure or risk of spreading the virus? You may need to spread desks or workstations farther apart and removed shared items like coffee creamer in the breakroom to make things safer.
Other considerations for safe behaviour practices in the workplace suggested by the CDC include:
- Leaving doors open that don’t need to be closed to limit the need for multiple people touching door handles.
- Open windows to improve ventilation.
- Stagger work schedules, having certain staff members come in on opposite days, and allow for telework when possible.
- Clean high-touch surfaces like phones, desktops, keyboards, staplers, and touch screens frequently.
- Decrease social contact (e.g., lunches or in-person meetings) in the workplace.
- Implement non-punitive sick-leave policies and liberal work-from-home policies to allow sick staff members to stay home.
Suggestions for Retail Shops
Logistics can be a bit tricky when it comes to planning for how best to invite the public back into your retail shop. Most shops are making aisles one way to help promote social distancing and marking out 6-plus feet in anticipated areas of congestion to remind customers about the need for social distance. Some other measures that are retail shops are taking include:
- Posting signs at the entrance and throughout the shop to remind customers of the need to physically distance.
- Implementing curbside pickup and contactless delivery wherever possible, and reminding customers of these options.
- Extending space between cashiers and customers.
- Not allowing customers to use reusable bags during the pandemic (and communicating this policy at the entrance to the shop).
The CDC recommendations state that everyone should wear a cloth face covering of some kind over their mouth and nose when they are around others as COVID-19 can spread even if infected people don’t feel sick. This is meant to protect others from an infected person.
All retailers now require customers to wear masks while they are shopping. Wearing masks has now been made mandatory in all retail shops. Therefore, it is necessary to require all your employees to wear masks at all times inside the shop.
Use Our Victory Electrostatic Sprayers
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We are now delivering the new standard in infection control and prevention in Ireland and should be the first choice for your business. By using the winning combination of our electrostatic sprayers & eco-friendly disinfectant solution, you are ensuring any surface you spray is disinfected to a hospital-grade and delivering infection prevention and control more effectively, more efficiently and with greater speed resulting in the elimination of viruses and pathogens on contact.
Infection Prevention Ireland’s aim is to help our communities, our frontline emergency services, homeowners, business owners, institutions, and organisations to safeguard, fight back, eliminate and kill dangerous viruses and pathogens.
Our Victory electrostatic sprayers can be used by anyone and everyone. Any domestic households, their families, businesses or any organisations who need to protect themselves, their clients or customers from infectious diseases like the current global pandemic Covid-19, or anyone who needs to put a disinfection protocol in place to help stop the spread of other dangerous pathogens & viruses.
Thanks to Victory electrostatic sprayers and TECcare Antimicrobials eco-friendly solutions, we can now deliver an eco-friendly disinfection solution for businesses of all kinds in Ireland. The best part about this combination is that it is deadly to viruses and pathogens, ensuring that you can reopen your business as safely as possible during this current COVID-19 pandemic.
How Long Does the Virus Last on Surfaces?
As you consider the role that disinfection services play in disinfecting and sanitising your building, you should know how long the COVID-19 virus can survive on different surfaces. This should factor into your cleaning and disinfecting routines. You may decide that you need more frequent cleanings to ward off viruses on high-touch surfaces. Here’s how long the virus has been known to last on different types of surfaces:
- Wood: four days
- Stainless steel: three days
- Plastic: three days
- Glass: five days
- Fabric: 24 hours
- Copper surfaces: four hours
- Cardboard: 24 hours
As time passes, there usually are fewer and fewer instances of live virus found on these surfaces. However, they should still be sanitized with an EPA-approved disinfection solution to reduce the risk of spreading infection on your building premises.