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Every paradigm that we have learned over the past years regarding hygiene and sanitary workspaces has been uprooted. With the recent discovery of the COVID-19 virus and its rapid infection of an alarming percentage of the world’s population, the international workforce has been completely uprooted.
There is every chance that communal workplaces as we’ve known them will never quite be back to normal. However, with the introduction of some major safety and disinfection protocols, we may be able to get to our new normal in a safe, efficient, and healthy way. Here’s what to expect regarding the future of clean in the workplace.
Global Disinfection Protocols: How to Keep Workers Safe
The method employed by many companies across the world has been simply to comply with stay-at-home orders, requesting employees to work from home if at all possible. However, this is not possible for many; particularly those in essential industries with customer-facing services need to be physically present in order for their businesses to function fully.
Businesses that have continued to run, albeit in a subdued manner, have employed significant disinfection protocols to keep their employees safe. These have included:
- The shifting of company time and materials to the production of masks and other PPE
- The staggering of shifts to ensure that as little on-site contact occurs, as possible.
- Hiring external decontamination units to disinfect the workspace periodically.
- Requesting each worker to wipe down surfaces frequently, especially at the end of a shift.
- An increasing reliance on teleconferences and video calls so that employees and any potential contaminants have to travel around communal buildings as little as possible.
- A greatly reduced workload or hours to necessitate fewer customers and workers in the building at one time.
As we move forward, and particularly as more and more companies request that their employees return to their physical workplaces, completely disinfected work environments will become an across-the-board expectation.
The Updated Methodology of Custodial Services
Ensuring that all surfaces are 100% clean and free of the famous virus has necessitated significant changes to previous cleaning protocols. Here are some of the biggest changes:
- Updated Cleaning Substances: Where before soap and water was often considered appropriate for minimal custodial work, disinfection teams are using increasingly cutting-edge solvents including hydrogen peroxide-based products and combination products incorporating peracetic acid and electrolyzed water. All of these materials have proven to be extremely effective at killing viruses.
- Updated Cleaning Surfaces: There are some materials, including copper and silver, which are naturally antimicrobial. Layering high-traffic areas with these metals and other infused compounds to create ‘self-cleaning’ activity surfaces are another way that decontamination is driving innovation for the updated workspace.
- Contact-Free Decontamination: Instead of traditional decontamination routines such as the use of disinfectant wipes and liquids, custodial services are turning to more cutting-edge aerosol, laser-based, or UV-based ways of killing the virus on commonly touched surfaces. This will allow complete decontamination of a surface with no chance of re-contamination merely through the cleaning process.
Keeping apprised of the very latest data and the most effective cleaners is the key to ensuring that each workplace is as decontaminated—and, therefore, safe—as it can possibly be.
How Employees Keep the Company Safe
At-work disinfection protocols aren’t the only things that have changed. Every employee at each company is a crucial part of keeping everyone at that company safe! Workplaces are working with their staff to implement employee hygiene and wellness standards to help reduce the chance of one employee carrying in the virus and infecting an entire floor of people. These practices may include:
- Mandatory Handwashing: While it’s always been good standard practice to keep hands washed frequently, some administrations may be making it mandatory as well as offering hand washing stations around campuses with disinfecting gels and wipes.
- Temperature Screening: In some workplaces, employees are required to check their temperature upon arrival. If their temperature is elevated, they are asked to seek a doctor’s approval or just to go home, as a fever is one of the first signs of an individual’s having contracted COVID-19.
- Increased Sick Leave: Across the board, companies are instituting COVID-19 related paid-time-off policies. Even for workplaces that had minimal sick leave opportunities, companies are increasingly realizing that it’s worth it for people who are showing symptoms to just stay home.
- Increased Remote Work Opportunities: Even after companies restore normalcy and request that employees come back to work on location, there is a sweeping trend beginning to take root in which more and more companies are making the work-from-home paradigm a permanent one. Employees who work in office jobs have been issued company laptops; meetings are now teleconferences. For those who need to come into work, reduced hours and strategically layered shifts make coming into contact with fellow employees as minimized as possible.
- Disinfection Services Will Become the Norm: Unless you are a professional, then there is only so much that you can do. Businesses will prioritize employee and customer safety and utilize the disinfection services to ensure that the workplace is as safe as possible. Professional disinfection services ensure that virtually all germs, bacteria, fungi, and viruses on a surface are killed which dramatically reduces the chance of infections spreading.
Ultimately, by both the employee, the employer, and any recruited custodial staff, unprecedented efforts are being made to ensure that everyone has a safe, clean workplace. If each group continues to respect their responsibility to each other and support clean workplace practices, we should remain safe and productive in the time of COVID-19.