In these uncertain times, do you know about all the steps you should be taking to protect your building from an outbreak? The COVID-19 global pandemic has not only disrupted the way we do business, but it also seems like new recommendations pop up on an hourly basis to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, and chances are your building has been affected by these recommendations. How can you keep up with all of it?
As a building manager, there is always a long list of logistics to contend with, but right now, it seems like that list is a mile long. What do you need to know to care for your building during COVID-19? How can you keep your occupants and building safe? We answer all these questions right here.
Establish a Safe Work Space
The top priority obviously is to ensure the safety of your workers and on-site contractor. Employees who can work from home should do so to help promote physical distancing within your workplace, but in many places like restaurants and grocery stores, your workers aren’t able to work from home, and their work is essential. To protect these employees, you can help keep your building safe and prevent the spread of infectious disease by putting certain measures in place. These measures could include the following:
- Splitting your staff into shifts or sets of days to work so that fewer people are working in the building at the same time.
- Dedicating separate entrances for employees and visitors
- Temporarily disabling building fobs or security passes if your employees should be home
It’s important that you take all the necessary steps and precautions for your employees and visitors to ensure that the spread of coronavirus is contained.
Change Operating Procedures and Set Points for Lower Occupancy
If your building is currently empty and all of your occupants are working from home, then your building should be set to reflect a low load, so that you aren’t spending unnecessarily on utilities. Therefore, check the HVAC, water heater and lighting settings to conserve energy during this time.
There’s no reason to pay for heating or cooling a building if there’s no one in it. Keeping things running at low period levels keeps your systems functioning and in working order without overpaying for utilities.
Ensure Your Emergency Systems Are Up-to-Date
You may not have as much access to your building as you would like, and it’s hard to properly manage a building from home. One of the things you should do is check to make sure that your emergency systems are all in proper working order so that if an emergency does arise, the right people are notified. Are your fire suppression systems and fire detection systems up-to-date on their inspections, testing, and maintenance? That’s something you should pay particular attention to when it comes to building management during COVID-19.
The National Fire Protection Agency is working hard to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. Personnel who service these fire suppression and detection systems have been deemed essential workers and are still working. They can check to make sure that if an emergency happens, your systems are prepared to respond accordingly, regardless of the occupancy status of your building.
Keep Your Building’s Air from Drying Out
Cold, dry air with low humidity levels makes it easier for airborne viral particles to spread, which is why there is an uptick of flu cases in the winter months. You can help by adding a humidifier to raise humidity levels to slow the spread of airborne particles. A level of 40 to 60 per cent humidity seems to be ideal, as the air is humid enough to slow the spread of the virus, but not so humid that airborne droplets containing the virus can land on surfaces and survive for longer periods of time.
Provide Sanitising Options for Your Occupants
Sanitising hands and high-touch surfaces are two major ways to help prevent the spread of disease. If your building houses an essential business, chances are your occupants are worried about protecting their business and keeping themselves safe at the same time. You can help out by providing hand sanitiser and sanitising wipes for building occupants and their visitors.
These sanitising wipes can be used to disinfect both hands and surfaces, and ideal for use in grocery stores, retail stores, schools, hospitals, offices, and anywhere else germs are transferred easily. While many businesses and buildings are currently closed, we can think of no better use for using these wipes than in essential businesses, hospitals, grocery stores, and restaurants serving carryout and delivery. They are also ideal for use in school cafeterias, where cafeteria workers are making and distributing free meals for students in their school districts who deal with food insecurity.
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