With the recent outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19), there has been an increase in concern for employers and employees about the risk of contamination. It is important to consider the best practices to keep your workplace clean for staff and the general public. It’s advised to address employee concerns with the aim of maintaining productivity during potential business disruptions that may result from the spread of the virus.

PREVENTING SPREAD AT WORK

Minimize paper use
Paper is a surprisingly easy way to spread germs around the office. Bacteria can be absorbed by the sheets as it is porous. It is recommended to use email to communicate with colleagues rather than circulating paper for updates and announcements. Newspapers and magazines should be removed from communal areas and not shared between one another. If you cannot avoid printing a document, be sure to allow everyone their own copy. Advise to not leave them untidy on desks to be handled by someone else.

Do not share
Along with not sharing paper documents, hold off on using other staff member’s telephones and headsets. It is essential to wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your face. Especially, if you have to share equipment, for example if you have a hot desk process in place where you share computers. Ensure all cleaning procedures are closely followed for call center headsets. It is a good idea to carry your own supply of antibacterial wipes and wipe your mouse, keyboard and headsets. Do this at the beginning and end of each day.

Bring your own stationery
Usually, office essentials such as pens, calculators, hole punchers and staplers are shared among the employees rather than having to supply each individual with their own resources. However, during this crucial time of preventing spread of disease, it is best to bring in your personal stationery to use for yourself. Imagine how often people chew on the end of a shared pen without realizing.

Be prepared & dispose it
Bring in your own supply of tissues and hand sanitizer to keep on your desk. Remember to use these products throughout the day. Tissues should be disposed of as soon as they’ve been used. It’s worth considering increasing the amount of waste disposal bins around the office ensuring they are emptied regularly. The further a tissue has to travel to dispose of it, the greater the chance of it being dropped or left to contaminate the work space. Do not forget to wash your hands thoroughly whenever you cough or sneeze. Ensure the office cleaner is using antibacterial detergents and routinely disinfecting desks and communal area surfaces.

Kitchen etiquette
Unsurprisingly, the shared kitchen at work is a thriving ground for bacteria. Try creating a washing up rota to keep hygiene levels pristine. Introduce a paper towel dispenser and get rid of those overused tea towels. Give worksurfaces, toasters, microwaves and kettles a regular clean with antibacterial products. We advise to make your own hot drinks and make sure you use your own mug persistently.

If necessary, stay at home
The UK government has asked anyone with a continuous cough or high temperature to stay at home for seven days to self isolate if living alone & 14 days if living with others. It is best to not risk contaminating your colleagues by coming into work when you’re carrying the virus. You can find the latest NHS advice online here.

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP

The risk of spreading the virus does not stop at the workplace. It is critical to be safe and clean in your own home. This will prevent coronavirus from travelling from place to place. Generally, the average homeowner will thoroughly cleanse their home once a week. However, it has been recommended that you deep clean your property multiple times a week, paying special attention to the kitchen and bathroom area.

Take care to invest in a good quality antibacterial spray or wipes, in addition to soap. Be mindful of your families or housemates allergies when purchasing products. It is key to remember that touch points such as door handles, telephones and push pads must be thoroughly disinfected often.

Recommended products for decontamination
Ideally, use soap and water or detergent on dirty surfaces prior to disinfection. No matter what disinfectant solution you use, leave it in contact with the surface long enough to kill viruses and other pathogens – read the directions. Studies suggest that the virus can survive on plastics for 16 hours. Therefore, if someone has flu-like symptoms, disinfect objects in your home regularly, including touch points. Be careful when using different cleaning products simultaneously – some chemicals are dangerous and poisonous if mixed.

An effective disinfectant against bacteria and coronaviruses is bleach diluted with cold water. Typically, 50ml per 4.5 litres of cold water is used, however, follow the instructions on the label of the bleach product. Use the solution within 24 hours as the cleaning abilities decrease with time. Dilute alcohol with water but remember to keep the alcohol concentration roughly 70% to kill coronavirus. You may also dilute alcohol with aloe vera to make hand sanitizer.

Hydrogen peroxide can also be used against viruses on surfaces but should be left to soak for one minute before wiping. On the other hand…tea tree oil, vinegar and other natural products are not recommended for fighting bacteria.

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