Steps to Maintain a Healthy Work Environment During COVID-19
As you make your way back to the office, it’s imperative that you maintain a healthy work environment for the safety and health of you and your employees. It can be tough to know where to start, so we’ve outlined a few options for you to consider. Please ensure you’re keeping up to date with the CDC’s recommendations for businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is intended to give you a place to start.
Improve ventilation in your building.
If you have the option or can encourage your property manager to do so, consider improving your building’s ventilation system to help protect employees. This can include activities such as increasing ventilation rates, ensuring your systems are operating properly, testing the indoor air quality, checking filters, and keeping your systems running longer hours.
Provide supplies to help keep your employees safe.
These items can include:
Hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol
No-touch trash cans
Signs explaining safety protocols
Implement social distancing.
Ensure desks or workstations are spaced out at least 6 feet apart, and discontinue or limit the use of common areas. This may require a lunch schedule or require employees to eat at their desks.
Reduce or eliminate meetings. Choose to have meetings via phone call or video conferencing as often as possible. If an in-person meeting must be scheduled, place employees 6 feet apart and require masks.
Discourage handshaking in the office.
Perform routine cleaning.
Clean all frequently-touched surfaces with disinfectant. These surfaces should include doorknobs, workstations, common areas, and any common keyboards or phones.
In addition, encourage employees to disinfect their own work stations regularly with provided disinfectant wipes.
Once again, we recommend complying with all of the CDC’s recommendations. You can find an updated list here.
If you’re worried about complying with any of these guidelines or have any questions about how to handle returning to work, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. At CertiPay, we’re here to help you focus on your people, and during this time especially, that means keeping them safe and healthy.