With several establishments opening up and resuming their operations ever since the community quarantine has been moved to a more lenient level, some offices are now open for work. Given that some offices are open and employees can go to work, there are still precautionary measures that need to be observed, especially since the country still has a lot of active COVID-19 cases. For some, it may feel like it is hard to avoid the virus, but the truth is, if we do our part in practicing discipline, as well as a good cleaning, disinfection, and sanitation routines, then we would be able to avoid it.
Take note that disinfecting is different from cleaning and sanitizing. Although they are all equally helpful in keeping a safe and breathable work environment for you, they have different targets and functions, to say the least. Disinfecting uses chemicals in order to kill germs on the surface. It doesn’t do the cleaning job, but because it kills germs, it helps lower the chances of the virus infection from spreading.
Here are some tips to disinfect your office space during this pandemic:
1. Clean Before Disinfecting
Cleaning is essential to the process of disinfecting. Disinfecting doesn’t do the cleaning job, so you have to make sure that you clean the area first. Use soap or detergent with water as you clean every surface. This will help remove particles that are potential carriers of risk for the virus, thus making the disinfection process more effective.
2. Use Disposable Gloves, Mask, and Gown
Since the office is a public place, different people come and go in every area. So you would have to take extra precautions. If you are to personally disinfect your office space, see to it that you use disposable gloves, mask, and gown during the whole process. Once you are done disinfecting, throw them right away after using them in proper bins. Do not leave them lying around. You get to be exposed to different chemicals when disinfecting, that’s why it is safer to use disposable gloves, masks, gowns for that, so you don’t have to risk the spread of germs.
3. Provide Disinfectant Wipes and Alcohol
Disinfectant wipes and alcohol must be available in every area in the office, especially in places where there are quite a number of people operating. Entryways to every room should also have these on the side. It’s better to have more than enough of these disinfectant wipes and alcohol than to lack any of them.
Make it clear to every employee who enters the office to maintain safety precautions by keeping their hands well cleaned and disinfected while they work. Maintaining this kind of practice will limit the risk of contact with the virus.
4. Have Professionals Regularly Disinfect the Office
Whether in-house or outsource, it is important to get professionals to do the job of regularly disinfecting the whole office. These professionals are equipped with tools for disinfection and they are trained to clean every area and surface where dirt can penetrate. So they will make sure that everything is properly cleaned before they disinfect. Doing this regularly will help lessen the phenomenon of germs and bacteria in your office space.
During this pandemic, we must do our part in maintaining safety by following precautionary measures, not just at home, but also in the office. We hope that this article has been helpful in giving tips on how to disinfect your office.
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