The recent eruption of COVID-19 has simply changed the way we used to live and work and hence the word “sanitisation” is now one of the top searched and mostly talked about words around the globe. There are so many ways to keep you clean, sanitised and disinfected but when it comes to save yourself in your workplace or public areas; it seems like a challenge to stay safe and sound. Though, many companies are now moving towards work from home strategy but still there are some factories, companies, and shops which needs physical staff to get the job done, there strong responsibility lies with the owners of workplaces and public places to keep them sanitised and disinfected for the employees and visitors but deciding upon the best strategy of sanitisation could really be mind-bulging.
The fact is that good sanitising and disinfecting routine can greatly reduce the germs and virus from the surface and objects in all vulnerable places. Let’s have a look at some of the sanitising practices that could turn out to be the best strategy for sanitising work area or public places.
- For individual protection of staff and visitors, use disposable gloves, gowns and a mask in office premises or at any open public place. Carefully remove and throw them away immediately after disinfection and trash disposal.
- For surface cleaning and disinfecting, always clean before beginning disinfection. Cleaning with a detergent or soap and water solution removes particles that can carry the germs on surfaces. Using surface cleaning solution reduces the germs or virus load before disinfection begins, which helps the disinfectant to be more effective in killing the remaining virus.
- While there is a list of different disinfectant solutions but one easy-to-access solution is household bleach and water. Mixing 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water works good for floors and larger surface cleaning. And mixing 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water is best for handy for spray bottle applications.
- If using disinfecting wipes remember that to properly disinfect, you should clean only one item at a time, using enough wipes to ensure the surface stays wet for 4 minutes.
- Remember to never mix cleaning products together.
- Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces daily in common areas (e.g. tables, hard-backed chairs, doorknobs, light switches, phone receivers and keypads, remotes, handles, touch screens, desks, toilets, sinks etc).
- Clean and disinfect shared electronics and equipment, digital signage, and touch-screen kiosks.
Best strategies for companies to ensure hygiene and health
- Have your office equipment professionally cleaned and disinfected.
- Provide disinfectant wipes for employees to sanitise their own work areas.
- Encourage good hygiene in the workplace.
Personal sanitisation in the office
- Increase the availability and use of disinfecting wipes and virus-killing hand sanitisers, and be sure everyone knows how to use them effectively. As an added touch, quality unscented lotion around the office will keep everyone from drying out while keeping their hands clean.
- Continue to improve professional cleaning and disinfecting procedures within the office to reduce the occurrence of germs and bacteria in the workplace.
- Where possible, rely on touch-reducing amenities, such as double-swinging push doors, motion sensor lights, and other hands-free amenities that reduce germs in high-traffic areas.
- If flexible seating is an option in your office and people share desks, require everyone to clean equipment, workstations, and surfaces as soon as they leave or move to a different spot.
Using these guidelines, staff and visitors can confidently be helped to navigate the challenges of health issues. In conclusion we can say that good sanitisation will result when surface, equipments and all work areas are cleaned and disinfected.