With the world opening up again after those 2020 lockdowns, offices are going back into operation, and people are trading their home work spaces for onsite offices. Offices are communal areas and, even if you’re vaccinated, public spaces continue to pose a threat to your health and well-being.
By now, most of us have learned to keep ourselves healthy during the pandemic, but how do we keep ourselves safe as we move back into the 9-to-5 office life? Keeping the workplace clean can help you focus on the task at hand, and increase your productivity. You’ll be doing a favour for your mental health too, knowing that you’re in a safe space.
Office disinfection helps in removing harmful viruses from affecting our coworkers and ourselves. Cooperate with your coworkers on proper office etiquette while in the office, and talk to your management to set up rules and standards on keeping your workplace healthy even during a pandemic.
Put Up a Sanitizing Station
An alcohol and hand sanitizer station is a must-have for any office opening up amidst the pandemic. Make sure your workplace has an ample supply of hand sanitizer, especially if you have a lot of people going in and out of the office. Hands-free and automated versions minimize direct contact for an even more sanitary option.
Do your part to maintain office cleanliness by disinfecting yourself at the sanitizing station every time you enter the premises. Stay home if you’re feeling sick, and wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after touching your face or mask.
Water cooler chatter is the fun part of your workday where you get to converse with your coworkers, and establish good relationships with them. While casual conversations with coworkers don’t have to end, you should set boundaries following the new social distancing guidelines.
Last year was the year of social distancing, and that practice doesn’t end in 2020. The CDC recommends to continue social distancing from others at least 6 ft away from at all times. You never know when someone might be carrying harmful viruses or illnesses that can pass on to you and affect your family.
Maintain Good Ventilation
Good ventilation has been proven to reduce the spread of Covid-19 and other airborne viruses within an area. An air purifying device is a safe way to remove dust and viruses in your workplace, as it does not use any chemical disinfectants. Ensure good ventilation by having the airway systems of your office professionally cleaned every now and then.
The air conditioner is also an important part of your office. Besides keeping the room temperature at a comfortable level, the air conditioner filters your air, removing dust, dander, and other particles from the surrounding air. Have your air conditioning units deep cleaned and serviced regularly to keep it in tip top condition.
Clean Communal Spaces
You already know that you need to clean your personal space, but what about the communal spaces you share with your coworkers? The break room, the pantry, the bathroom, and other shared areas are hotspots for germs and viruses to grow in, which is why disinfecting these areas is a must.
You can go on to Google and search up how to clean the shared areas in your office – there are a lot of DIY methods on making cleaning solutions, and available disinfectant solutions on the market. But if you really want to make sure these areas are 99.99% germ-free, you should look into getting a professional disinfection service to deep clean your office.
Go for Professional Disinfecting Services Monthly
Going further than general everyday cleaning, disinfection is a surefire way to keep Covid-19 and other viruses at bay. Most disinfecting solutions, when used properly, can kill up to 99.9% of viruses, including the coronavirus, but doing this yourself can be time-consuming and difficult. You may not even get to clean those hard-to-reach areas.
Instead, look for an experienced office disinfection service provider who can do the job right. They usually have professional tools, and experience in cleaning offices, especially during a pandemic. So it might be a good idea to talk to your management to have a monthly disinfection routine in the office.