We at ServiceMaster of Baltimore would like to share information to help you enhance preventive protocols for your office.
The current flu season, along with the outbreak of a newer pathogen, the coronavirus (COVID-19), offers an opportunity to reinforce for your employees the importance of keeping their workspaces clean, safe, and healthy. Our training affords us the ability to promote safe practices for infection prevention within all businesses.
In addition to planning for infection prevention, if your business does shut down due to the coronavirus outbreak, there are steps you can take to ensure you bounce back to regular business as quickly as possible.
Recover Your Business After COVID-19
Many businesses are forced to temporarily close for at least two weeks. What can you do in the meantime to prepare for a quick return?
Do A Deep Clean Before and After Closure
If your business was identified as a mandatory closure, such as a public facility, restaurant, bar, or salon, performing a deep clean is essential. Viruses and bacteria can live on surfaces for several days, and high-touch areas can continue to present a risk to customers and employees.
Guidance from the Centers for Disease Control suggests cleaning and disinfecting areas, especially if there is a chance someone with COVID-19 was present. The CDC provides more detailed information about the difference between cleaning and disinfecting.
ServiceMaster of Baltimore offers contamination and post-exposure cleanup services to help businesses return to normal operations.
Communicate with Employees & Customers
Before closure, ensure your business has a way to quickly communicate with employees and customers. Many businesses use social media to keep in touch with customers and use their own forms of communication internally, such as group text messages, Facebook groups, email, or inter-office communications.
Clear communication, especially if employees will work remotely, is essential to preserving normal operations and preparing for reopening. Plan ahead for workforce flexibility, and minimize employee presence in the office to reduce the spread of illness. An empty office provides a good opportunity for deep cleaning and disinfection.
Continue Practicing Infection Prevention Measures
Our preventive recommendations during the current COVID-19 situation are similar to our recommendations during a regular flu season:
- Encourage sick employees to stay home, including separating sick employees or sending home.
- Emphasize respiratory etiquette (e.g., coughing into one’s elbow, immediately disposing of used tissues) and hand hygiene by all employees.
- Provide routine environmental cleaning, especially on high-touch surfaces with general cleaning agents, followed by disposable wipes provided to employees.
- Advise employees to take safe travel steps.
- Additional measures with COVID-19: Employees who are well but have a family member with COVID-19 should notify their supervisor and other employees in the workplace.
Business Loss Mitigation in Baltimore, MD
It is important to keep in mind that COVID-19 is a new and emerging pathogen. Regulators are just beginning to understand COVID-19 — how it spreads, the incubation period, length and severity of illness — knowledge that will continue to develop over time. We will continue to update you as the CDC, EPA, FDA, and OSHA provide more information.
We also want you to know that, while we hope it will not be necessary, we are qualified and equipped with the required protocols and can perform precautionary and post exposure cleaning. Please call us if we can be of service.