After months of working from home, going back to the office can feel out of place. Being exposed to airborne germs and carriers is of great concern at an office confluence. Sanitization of the workplace is extremely essential for the safety of every individual accessing it.
Despite all the hygiene measures you follow, the risk of catching unwarranted infection at the office stands high if sufficient precautions are not taken.
Regular, instructional sanitization of the workplace helps to keep disease-causing microbes at bay. Sectioning out the building or office premises into high, medium, and low interaction zones can be done to set up sanitization schedules. Cleaning of private rooms and other less accessed sections can be worked around high priority areas like entryways, washrooms, and meeting rooms.
Routine sanitization for office
As important as it is to get work done, it is essential to get set with safety and hygiene at the foremost. Devising a simple and adequate regimen for office sanitization can be done by following mandates and instructions issued by health authorities.
1. Daily disinfection –
Disinfect the interiors of your office at least 2 times every day (if the number of people coming in daily is low) or as per governmental instructions for relevant industries and capacities.
Disinfection with authorized chemical products or bleach is generally effective for killing germs in high contact areas. Liquid surface disinfectants are great for use on both large and small working surfaces. For example, RESIST+ Surface Disinfectant contains 70% Ethyl alcohol (the recommended WHO is 60% alcohol by volume and above) for killing viruses and bacteria. It is also boosted with benzalkonium chloride, a compound that helps to eliminate a wider range of germs than possible with sole alcohol. This makes it suitable for use in public spaces with numerous daily visitors.
Cleaning with soap and water followed by a liquid surface disinfectant is recommended by most health authorities, like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Soap and water help to reduce the germs on the surface being cleaned. Following up with a disinfectant kills the germs on the surface. Most disinfectants require air drying for roughly thirty minutes for complete effectiveness.
2. Quick sanitization –
In addition to daily deep disinfection routines, do quick and frequent sanitization of surfaces to prevent the spread of microbes in multi-user working areas. Sanitizing with surface disinfectant sprays and multi-surface disinfection wipes are quick and easy ways to effectively clean medium and high contact surfaces.
RESIST+ Surface Multisurface Disinfectant Spray contains Ethyl alcohol and RESIST+ Alcohol Sanitizing Wipes contain Isopropyl Alcohol (IPA). Both these compounds are recommended for effective sanitization at home and in public spaces.
Frequent rounds of sanitization every day are known to help with keeping the workplace effectively clean. Although this can be done by trained cleaning staff, it can even be carried out by other employees on their personal workspace in case they feel it is required.
3. Equipping the office –
Gear all entryways into the office building, washrooms, and meeting rooms with hand sanitizers, temperature checking devices as well as other quick sanitizing solutions. WHO and CDC recommend hand sanitizers with at least 60 % alcohol by volume (Ethanol or IPA) for effectiveness against major disease-causing bacteria and viruses.
Use a no-touch dispenser stand to put up common use hand sanitizers so that there is minimal direct contact with skin.
For cleaning spaces with frequent visitors like washrooms and entryway, compounds with strong germ-killing power should be used. RESIST+ Disinfectant Spray contains, along with ethyl alcohol, some concentration of benzalkonium chloride that ensures greater germ killing with each spray.
Areas with high crowding, like a cafeteria, break-rooms, conference rooms, etc. require hourly sanitization or even more, as per discretion. In addition, the details of all that enter the office premise each day should be noted for easy tracking.
4. Employee training –
Train your employees about the necessity of sanitization and hygiene and how it affects their surroundings. Laundry and personal hygiene should be advised to prevent the carrying of germs during the commute. Hand sanitizers, face masks, gloves as well as other sanitization products should be given to the employees for use. Following social distancing should be strictly advocated inside the office premises. If possible, separate adjoining desks by a stipulated distance as per government advice.
Send regular reminders about social distancing and frequent sanitization through e-mail, events, or discussions t0 keep hygiene a top priority.
5. Sanitize Mail –
Sanitize every mail package that comes inside the office building before opening. This is extremely important for preventing contact with microbes on the inanimate surface. Bags and other carry-ons of employees should be sanitized using relevant methods at the entryways.
6. Clean surfaces –
High-touch surfaces like doorknobs, light switches, sinks, faucets, and other common-use electronics can be carriers of disease-causing germs. Frequent sanitization of these surfaces, especially after each use, can help a great deal to stop the spread of germs.
Since these surfaces require cleaning much more frequently, as much as after each use, products that are effective speedily are required. RESIST+ Alcohol Sanitizing Wipes are great for sanitizing such places quickly.
Going back to the workplace can be a challenge with the pandemic looming above us all. Being equipped with sanitization products along with the knowledge of cleaning different kinds of spaces can help keep infectious bacteria and viruses at bay. It is advisable to consult government mandates regarding disinfection methods and frequency pertaining to individual sectors for sufficient protection.
Disclaimer: Issued in public interest by Axio Biosolutions Private Limited. Kindly check the official guidance on WHO for more information on infection prevention and control of COVID-19.