An office is a place of productivity and business, it's also where we spend most of our time. When it comes to safety, office spaces are no exception. With many people close to one another, the office space can be a breeding ground for illness during pandemics. In this blog post, you will learn how to keep your office space safe from an outbreak while still keeping productivity high! Here are key essentials:
Encourage employees to stay home if they are feeling ill until at least 24 hours after their symptoms have ease. Do not send them back into the office before this time. Also, avoid contact with people who are sick or might be contagious. Stay home if you're sick until you're feeling better!
If you're feeling sick, close the office door and keep the office as clean as possible. This will prevent others from having contact with your illness. Also, be mindful of what surfaces are touching other people's hands (such as doorknobs) to avoid spreading any germs that might be on them!
Clean up any messes that may have been made by a sick employee. You should also disinfect surfaces with bleach or other antibacterial cleaners regularly. Especially desks, computers, phones, and keyboards. Make sure to wear gloves when cleaning to avoid contact with germs on surfaces. Practice good hygiene habits by washing your hands regularly and keeping surfaces clean. Wash your hands vigorously before and after touching anything in the office.
Additionally, office spaces should be cleaned often for sanitation purposes during a pandemic. At least once every 24 hours, you should vacuum carpets, wipe down desks with disinfectant wipes or detergent. You can use one tablespoon of vinegar diluted in two cups of hot water, to make disinfectant. Maintain your office air quality by shutting doors to keep the spread of germs at bay. Also, keep any pets away from employees who may have become ill.
Make sure to clean office equipment as well, including keyboards and phones. Wipe down printers and desks with disinfectant wipes to avoid the spread of germs. Take the time to clean up spills right away to prevent the spread of germs. You must also keep office spaces dry by storing out any excess water after it rains. Consider wiping down all surfaces that may get wet for further protection against bacteria growth in office spaces.
Keep your office space free from clutter by organizing office supplies in storage bins or cabinets. This allows any messes to easily be contained in an area. Keep important documents, like personal identification or tax files secure for when people become ill and the office may close.
Move office furniture away from the walls so that an ill person can be treated easily without getting others sick in the process. In this case, perspex desk screens offer protection that can help mitigate contagion in the office. Provide a certain space for each of your staff members. Full office closures may be necessary to prevent the spreading of a pandemic. Therefore, you should prepare for this in advance. Inform all employees about office safety precautions. Explain what they need to do if there is an office closure due to infection concerns or other reasons during a pandemic outbreak.
Make sure you have enough office supplies for everyone in the office. This includes office equipment and paper needs, as well as including food, water, hand sanitizer, and soap to name a few. Stock up on your office's emergency plan to make it as easy as possible.
Washing your hands is the best way to prevent illness. But, you need to make it easy for yourself by keeping hand sanitizer nearby. This can help you avoid touching germs on doorknobs and other surfaces. Also, try to avoid shaking hands with someone who is sick. Avoid touching surfaces, such as doorknobs or elevator buttons directly. If you must touch something that has germs, be sure to wash your hands afterward.
If there's a pandemic going around where you live or at work, make sure to keep up-to-date on what's happening. Pay attention to the live pandemic map or app that provides updates from countries around the world where outbreaks are occurring. Thanks to the advancements in modern technology, you can have updates effortlessly.
Practice good hygiene habits such as washing hands frequently, getting plenty of rest, and eating a healthy diet including all the right vitamins (see here for advice on wellness) to stay healthy. Office space safety is still possible to maintain even during a pandemic. In this case, keep your office's temperature between 68 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit (20°C). You should also use the right flooring for office spaces.
Avoid sharing food with anyone in the office who is sick or has recently been around someone who is sick. Make sure to stay clear of people who are sick or exhibiting flu symptoms. This includes fever, coughs, runny noses, diarrhea, and vomiting. If possible, stay home to minimize the chance of getting sick yourself. Wash your hands frequently, especially after coughing or sneezing. Also, wash hands before eating food or touching surfaces that you think might have germs on them. Make sure to cover your mouth when you cough, using a tissue or the crook of your arm to avoid spreading viruses.
Now that you know how to stay healthy, it's time to plan for the worst. If there is a pandemic going around where you live or work, make sure you are aware of what’s happening. Watch news reports and other sources so that if necessary, your business can take precautions. All the above tips can ensure your office space safety during this pandemic.