With innumerable offices getting closed to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic, facility managers should plan for a hassle-free reopening process. It is obvious that clients are going to thoroughly check the visual cleanliness of the organization and also enquire about the procedures adopted for maintaining the health and safety of the stakeholders. It is the duty of the facility managers to welcome the building occupants and assure them their safety, although the threat of the coronavirus will continue lurking on their minds.
Prerequisites for opening your office
When you are all prepped up to open your facility after the lockdown, it is crucial that you don’t rush anything. Here goes a number of healthy practices which are the need of the hour to do away with the contamination.
Conducting a comprehensive cleaning reassessment
Facility managers must oversee the sanitize and disinfect procedures of the establishment before it reopens after the temporary closure. It is also imperative to ensure that there are ample disinfecting products and hand sanitizers for conducting frequent cleaning. All organizations must follow the guidelines issued by the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention for choosing products that are effective in the cleaning process. Also, reassessing procedures and cleaning standards
Rule out foul smell
You can never afford to have your office as a clean building that gives off a foul smell. In a survey conducted in the USA, it was found that 56 percent of the inhabitants tend to assume that a facility is not clean when it gives off a foul smell. Bad smell can come out of mold growth, unclean sewage pipes, and body odors. Therefore, facilities should use the right cleaning chemicals that can eliminate the odor at the molecular stage and give off fresh fragrance. A properly diluted malodor neutralizing cleaner can eliminate the bad smell rather than simply masking it.
Access to disinfecting products
We all know that contaminated hands can spread the coronavirus through coughing or sneezing and touch. So, it is also important for facility managers to ensure that there are enough hand sanitizer as well as disinfecting wipes at various locations. To reduce the spread, you should wash your hands and use hand rubs with at least 60 percent alcohol content.
Deploying contactless sanitizer dispensers at high traffic zones within the office is therefore a must. Additionally, you can also have wipes that are gentle on surfaces but hard on germs. We have long had the habit of touching almost everything at our disposal; therefore, your guests and visitors will definitely appreciate your gesture of encouraging everyone to maintain proper hand hygiene.
With the spread of coronavirus, essential services such as grocery markets, medicine, and healthcare facilities have successfully implemented measures to keep up the physical distance amongst customers. Employees of such concerns encourage their consumers to maintain a distance of at least 6 feet while standing in a queue or shopping. As a result, it can effectively discourage dense crowds.
Organizations that have decided to open after the temporary closure must learn the social distancing practices from these facilities. Also, those businesses that have always stayed open must further implement crowd control measures. If possible, they should measure customers’ body temperature before allowing them access to the premise. Then, giving them disposable gloves to avoid direct close contact with any item can also be practiced. It is in the hands of the facility managers to deploy the tailor-crafted crowd control strategies so that it fits the needs of the organization and protect the various stakeholders effortlessly.
Visibility of cleaning measures
At the times of novel coronavirus pandemic, organizations must address cleaning and disinfecting to the greatest possible extent. Hotspots within the office such as entry and exit, conference rooms, washrooms, and others must be cleaned from time to time to showcase the organization’s dedication to cleanliness.
Cleaning and disinfecting whilst the clients, guests, and visitors are present is an effective strategy for proving that you put the well-being of the occupants on the foreground. Another way of motivating your cleaning personnel is to give them a platform to show their dedication and commitment to keeping your office clean and contamination-free. It is also important to shine some light on the people who are the most important workers of any organization at the present.
Making the choice for cleaners and disinfectants
Disinfectants are basically cleaning chemicals that are applied to different surfaces for destroying bacteria, germs, fungi, and mold. A broad range of disinfecting liquids and sprays are used in commercial as well as industrial setups. And therefore, facility managers must make informed decisions to determine the best disinfecting products.
- Effectiveness: If you are primarily concerned about killing the microbes and other microorganisms within the facility, you must opt for EPA approved products for achieving it.
- Time taken to act: Another important factor is choosing the disinfecting products as per the time you can allow killing a particular pathogen. There are many cleaners that keep the surface wet for a long time. Typically, it takes about 30 seconds to 5 minutes to kill germs and reuse the surface.
- Safety of usage: Certain classes of disinfectants are toxic while others could leave a stain and have a filthy odor. So, you must check that a disinfectant will never cause any kind of damage to the surface it is applied for.
With employees returning to their offices, fitness freaks returning to gyms, and families looking for recreation, it is definitely a high alert for the infection control and risks. Therefore, facility managers should pay the utmost importance to reduce the spread by actively involved in cleaning and disinfecting.