Sanitation of an office space is extremely important, especially if your workplace is high traffic. Many germs and viruses can be found on different surfaces throughout any space. These surfaces do need to be cleaned and disinfected regularly. These surfaces include phones, computer equipment, and frequently touched surfaces. Germs and viruses can live and infect people for 2-8 hours after being deposited onto a surface.
Viruses can be killed in a few ways. One way is with heat, from 167°F-212°F. Viruses can also be killed by chemical germicides such as soap, chlorine, hydrogen peroxide, and alcohols if they are used correctly. It is important to wear gloves when cleaning to protect yourself from the chemical solutions. Important areas to clean include doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks. It is also important to disinfect anything with a touch screen.
If someone is sick within a workspace, it is important to take extra precautions. Close off any areas used by the person and open any outside doors or windows to increase air circulation within the area. Clean and disinfect all areas used by the person and try not to have anyone within the area for as long as possible. It is also very important to encourage routine cleaning and hygiene within the workplace. This includes washing hands after blowing one’s nose, coughing, sneezing, using the restroom, and before eating or preparing food. It is also important to educate workers on the correct sanitizing methods and how to identify the symptom of illnesses such as Covid-19. Develop policies on worker protection and provide training on when it is necessary to use or wear PPE. The best way to ensure a clean workspace is consistency.
Making a point to ensure a sanitized and safe workplace is important for all employees and visitors. This will help to protect the health and safety of each person who enters an establishment. Play your part in the regular disinfecting and cleaning of your workplace to ensure everyone is protected.