As businesses begin making plans to reopen in the coming weeks, there is a lot to take into consideration to ensure safety guidelines are being met. By now, everyone knows the basics; washing hands, wearing a protective face cover, and adhering to social distancing. But welcoming back staff and others into your business after a scare like COVID 19 is uncharted territory and has a lot of people understandably nervous. Luckily though there is a lot of information known at this point about the virus and how it spreads. These tips can help you get your business ready to reopen, the right way.

Develop a plan

First off, make a thorough list of what needs to be cleaned and disinfected. The top priority is to disinfect the most-touched surfaces and heavily trafficked areas. Consider these the “danger zones.” Involve multiple people within the organization so that all areas are accounted for. If you need to purchase products, the EPA has a list of approved disinfectants. Some will need to be left on the surface for a specific amount of time so read the instructions on the label. In addition, if there is some cleaning that needs to be done by internal staff, personal protective equipment (PPE) should be used. 

If you’re working with a commercial cleaner review the plan with them, ask questions, and make sure you’re all on the same page. Review the regularity of the cleaning schedules, what the new disinfecting requirements are, and who will be doing which tasks and when. 

Also, take into account how long the office or building has been unoccupied as cleaning guidelines can vary. For instance, if the space has been unoccupied for at least seven days, then only a routine cleaning can be done with little or no disinfecting needed. Consider the frequency of contact when planning. 

Put the plan into action

Diligence and attention to detail are key. Those frequently touched surfaces need to be cleaned and disinfected regularly, at minimum once per day. Things like doorknobs, computer keyboards, elevator buttons, handles, touchpads, etc. will require extra attention. Shared spaces like break rooms or waiting rooms should also reflect current guidelines, meaning no communal coffee, use of the water cooler, or magazines. Keeping communal spaces off-limits for the time being is likely the safest bet. 

In addition, consider installing doorstops, office barriers, or markings showing people where it’s safe to stand or wait. Posting thoughtful reminders that are visible to everyone about continual handwashing, maintaining social distancing, and not touching one’s face are also good ideas.

Keep up the cleaning and modify where needed

Stay informed as guidelines change or are updated (we’ll do our best to help you). There is no precedent for a reopening of this scale so remain cautiously optimistic. Distribute your plan and cleaning schedule among employees so they know what steps are being taken. Make a checklist for employees to use so they can proactively take steps to clean their defined space.

If you’re unsure of how to implement these guidelines or feel overwhelmed with the requirements, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. You don’t have to turn into a commercial cleaning service overnight. The most important thing is the safety of your people. We’re all in this together and want to move past this “new normal” as quickly as possible and get back to just “normal.”