Boost Your COVID Cleaning Routine

building a covid cleaning routine

As an employer, you must protect people from harm. This includes taking reasonable steps to protect employees and others from the coronavirus (COVID19). If you are aiming to get rid of COVID19 you should first realize how they spread. You must also know that different kinds of pathogens have distinctive ways of spreading and infecting people who come into contact with them. The next step in preventing it from infecting your employees or anyone else is to practice proper cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting of every nook and cranny in your office or home. Additionally, knowing what are the perfect chemicals or green cleaning products that completely kill the virus would definitely boost your COVID cleaning routine.

Understand how COVID19 spreads

COVID19 is mainly transferred from one person to another when inhaling air contaminated with droplets containing the virus or any small airborne particles. Infected people exhale these particles as they breathe, talk, cough, sneeze, and sing. When a person is physically close, they are more likely to get infected. However, transmission can occur over long distances, especially indoors. Moreover, touching a contaminated surface then touching any part of your faces such as your eyes, nose, and mouth would most likely result in you acquiring the virus.

Also, you must take into account that after the droplets are expelled from the body of an infected person they can survive for hours or days on various surfaces. The time the droplet survives may vary depending on the condition of the office and half-life should only be considered as a precautionary measure and is not a guarantee. Study shows that they can survive on cardboard for 24 hours, 4 hours on copper, and last for 2 to 4 days on plastic and stainless steel. That is why it is important to prioritize cleaning, disinfection, and disinfection to ensure that your office or home is completely safe from COVID infections.

Preventing the spread of the virus in the workplace

In addition to cleaning surfaces that you would not normally clean, you may need to increase the frequency and thoroughness of your routine workplace cleaning. Before everything else let us first differentiate cleaning from disinfecting and sanitizing. 

Cleaning is the act of removing physical dirt by sweeping the floor, wiping any surface to remove any dust, debris, or dirt on it. Disinfecting, on the other hand, is the process of killing germs, as well as, inactivating pathogens. This is more effective than cleaning at reducing the potential spread of infection. Furthermore, it is the best way to kill the virus and a notable reduction in its transmission rate. Compared to disinfecting, sanitizing is responsible for reducing the number of germs or pathogens on a surface. It requires a few more swipes of a sanitizing product to completely kill germs and pathogens on any surface unlike disinfecting that kills them on the first swipe.

Now that you’ve determined the difference between the three, it’s time to discover what cleaning routine is best suitable for your business or office. In order to do this, you must conduct a risk assessment personally because using a generic one might not be adequate enough to tend to your needs. 

Identifying what are the highly touched surfaces in your office.

cleaning highly touched surfaces in the office

As mentioned earlier, the virus can survive for hours to days depending on the surface so make sure every highly touched surface is cleaned, disinfected, and sanitized often would definitely lower the risks of transmission. It is recommended that you take steps to clean surfaces and items after use, such as for telephones and in conference rooms. If cleaning after each use is impractical, such as a lift button that is used continuously throughout the day, it should be cleaned frequently, after every shift would be the best approach to this.

Think about who could be at risk.

This would mostly include your employees, visitors, contractors, and delivery drivers. You might have noticed that most businesses have decreased the number of employees reporting in the office during the early stages of COVID, but this resulted in a drastic increase in unemployed people. That’s why the government encouraged working from home instead of firing the employees. At present, mostly everyone is working from home to avoid catching the virus. If your business requires actual labor such as a service type business or manufacturing then you should take into consideration a group of workers particularly vulnerable to the virus. 

Figure out how they would be exposed to it. 

Of course, figuring out how your employees can get infected in the office should not be overlooked. List down possible areas or things that might cause the virus to spread among your employees. For instance, bathrooms and break rooms are shared areas making it a hot spot for transmission from one person to another. Additionally, consider catching the virus from outside during transport. 

List down possible actions that would lower the risk of transmission. 

Once you’re done with all the things listed above then it’s now time to think of solutions that would ensure the safety of both your employees and visitors. If reducing the number of employees required to report to the office is not applicable, try giving your employees PPEs, such as face masks, to protect themselves. You can also have alcohol or hand sanitizers in every corner and encourage your employees and visitors to use them often. Also, encouraging frequent hand washing would be beneficial.

There are a ton more actions that would lower the risk of transmission such as regular cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing. As well as, figuring out which chemicals or cleaning products would bring you maximum results. We at Burgos Cleaning suggest using professional-grade cleaning products, equipment, and disinfectants.

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