The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has advised all businesses returning to work during the COVID-19 pandemic to follow workplace hygiene procedures that mitigate the spread of germs and viruses. It’s important that you prioritize office hygiene by taking cautionary steps to protect your staff and customers!
Office Hygiene Tips
Maintain Desk Hygiene
The average desk contains 400 times more germs than a toilet seat. In fact, office desks are 100 times less hygienic than the average kitchen table, yet many employees don’t take the time to practice the same hygiene at their desk as they would in the kitchen. Incorporate desk hygiene in the workplace to eliminate the spread of germs and diseases on surfaces.
Allé Office Solutions offers antibacterial desk pads or disposable mats that provide surface barriers to prevent the contact-based spread of germs and viruses. Encourage employees to properly dispose of their paper desk mat or disinfect their desk pad daily to improve workplace hygiene.
Practice Social Distancing
Enforce social distancing in the workplace by applying a six-feet apart rule to limit the spread of viruses. This may require rearranging your office’s workspaces, desks, conference room chairs and break room tables for appropriate separation distance. Implementing a no-contact policy in your workplace is also a good idea, whether it comes to greeting one another or sharing food with coworkers.
Social distancing floor markers will help remind people to remain six feet apart from others as they move throughout your space. They also demonstrate your company’s commitment to keeping your staff, customers and community safe.
Use Sanitizing Stations
Encourage office hygiene by setting up hand sanitizer stations throughout your workplace so employees and customers can easily access them at any time. By strategically placing sanitizing stations throughout the office, you can promote good hand hygiene and allow people to safeguard themselves and others against germs.
Proper ventilation is crucial for good indoor air quality. A well-ventilated workspace dilutes and displaces indoor pollutants by circulating stagnant air and bringing in fresh outdoor air. Investing in a new ventilation system can help limit the spread of diseases and significantly improve the health and productivity of your employees.
Disinfect Between Work Shifts
Keyboards, mouses, phones and other surfaces accumulate germs and bacteria throughout the day and must be disinfected regularly. Encourage office hygiene and combat sickness by asking employees to wipe down their workspaces at the beginning and end of each day. Accessible sanitizing wipe dispensers can be very effective!