The COVID-19 pandemic has been hard for everyone. Employers, owners, and managers have had to adjust on the fly and do their best to keep a healthy workplace for workers and clients. With cases on the rise, what happens when someone one in your workplace tests positive for the virus? Do you have a plan in place to make sure you can keep doing business without interruption? Do you have a reliable cleaning service that you trust to keep things clean? If not, there is no need to worry, there are many resources available to guide you in the right direction.
To start, the CDC has some helpful guidelines for office buildings. We have highlighted some of the important highlights below:
-Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces.
-Follow the Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting to develop, follow, and maintain a plan to perform regular cleanings of surfaces to reduce the risk of people’s exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19.
-At least daily, clean and disinfect all surfaces that are frequently touched by multiple people, such as door handles, desks, light switches, faucets, toilets, workstations, keyboards, telephones, handrails, printer/copiers, and drinking fountains. More frequent cleaning and disinfection may be required based on level of use. (“Office Buildings”)
In addition to keeping things clean, Michigan.gov offers some simple advice on what to do if someone in your office tests positive for COVID-19:
If you have been in close contact with your co-worker:
You should self-quarantine away from others for 14 days since the last day you had contact with that person. Your employer should contact you with further instructions. It is possible that your local health department will call you to discuss your risk, you can also reach out to your local health department. If you develop symptoms of respiratory illness, and are concerned about your health, please call your healthcare provider.
If you have not been in close contact with your co-worker:
You should monitor yourself for symptoms of respiratory illness and remember to practice good social distance, but quarantine is not required. You should follow any instructions from your employer carefully. If you develop any symptoms, you should self-isolate at home and contact a healthcare provider if you are concerned about your health. Remember to follow appropriate precautions for cleaning your work area, hand hygiene, and respiratory etiquette. (“Coronavirus”)
In conclusion, there is no “one size fits all” solution to protect your workspace from COVID-19. Just like the businesses we are partnered with, Royal Services has had to adapt to the challenges of COVID-19. Royal Services has been there from the beginning of the pandemic to help our clients maneuver through these uncertain times. If you do not have a cleaning plan in place for your workspace give us a call and let our experience help you get on track.
“Coronavirus.” Michigan.gov, https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/0,9753,7-406-98810-524164--,00.html.
“Office Buildings.” COVID-19 Employer Information for Office Buildings, CDC, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/office-buildings.html.