Feeling Safe After Sanitization: A Guide for Employees Returning to Work

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Depending upon your role, you may or may not be attempting to continue work as usual during the current coronavirus climate. To be certain, this pandemic has revolutionized the way workplaces, employers and professionals live and work each day, with new precautions being necessary to ensure the safety of a company’s livelihood and workforce.

If you are currently in a career that requires you to physically commute to work, interact with the general public or other colleagues, or touch surfaces that are commonly handled by others, read on to learn about the ways you can maximize your own personal feelings of safety while you conduct business as close to usual as possible this fall.

What Will Reduce My Likelihood of Coming Into Contact With Potential Contaminants?

Take a moment to think about all of the routines that make up your day-to-day. Whether one begins during your AM prep, on the way to the office, or while you are on the go, making a list of the potential points for contact to avoid or lessen is a great start. Think about the ways you can store personal items away from common spaces or lockers, using your car and keeping disinfectants and hand washing supplies personally stocked is also a good idea. You should invest in wipes and solutions to disinfect commonly touched surfaces, including your phone, beeper, laptop, purse, or wallet. And of course, practice proper mask-wearing procedures to prevent inhaling contaminants. 

Ask and You Shall Receive: Talking to Your Employer About the Realities of Your Workplace

When in doubt, or if you serve in a highly specialized role, the best route is to speak with your personal employer regarding precautions you should be taking in order to maximize your personal safety while on the job.

Depending upon your industry, you can also access additional information, precautions and necessary steps from trusted resources. Ask your employer which branches and organizations provide materials related to coronavirus symptoms, infections or cleaning and sanitizing measures to employ to reduce your risk.

Don’t forget the several deep cleaning, infection prevention and control services are in high demand, which has expanded their availability. If you are unsure of the measures that have been taken to ensure your personal safety, inquire about the company, processes and materials used to disinfect your personal workspace. The more you know, the more you can prepare accordingly.

Washing Your Hands Properly: A Best Practice Guide for Foolproof Protection

The fact that there are technically five proper stages included in proper hand washing may come as a surprise to you. But there is no time better than the present, during COVID-19, to learn how to improve your own technique.

In total you want to be washing and disinfecting your hands for the entirety of the time it takes you to sing the song “Happy Birthday” twice. This includes the processes of lathering, scrubbing, spreading your fingers, washing the area and upper arms and rinsing all soap with water.

If you are in a high contact position that requires you to engage with members of the general public, you should plan to wash your hands frequently and in between contact with potentially contaminated surfaces. Although soap and water are your best protection against infection, you can also use hand held or portable sized hand cleaner when you are on the spot or on location.

What is Deep Cleaning? The Processes That Help Keep You Safe

Depending upon the nature of your profession, you can expect that your employer has invested in either residential and/or commercial cleaning services to help protect you against COVID-19. The Center for Disease Control has officially encouraged businesses and organizations to deeply clean all high-touch surfaces, which include doorknobs, light switches, toilets, phones, and tables.

Know Your Location - Identify Potential High-Contact Areas and Avoid Them

If you were used to taking your lunch break in the common area, it may benefit you to adjust your schedule and daily routine by opting for your car, or running home to do so if you are usually out on the job during the day.

Walking through your daily professional routine can help you identify points that may pose a greater or lesser risk of putting you into contact with coronavirus contaminants. This is especially important for those working with, around or near retail spaces, fitness equipment, sales counters, water fountains, schools and classrooms, or kitchen and food service areas.

Ask About Our Coronavirus Deep Cleaning Policies and Procedures

The team at Compleat Restorations is dedicated to ensuring the safety of our patrons and employees. Contact us to learn more about our COVID-19 friendly ordering, delivery and setup procedures, which aim to keep you and our staff safe.