Maintaining hygiene in the workspace is the best way to keep pandemics away from our office. Here is a housekeeping checklist to go through before reopening offices.
Rearrange the Office
Arrange the office in a way to minimize the contact between people. Place seats and computers at least 2 meters away to ensure maximum safety.
- Remove all the unwanted furniture
- Arrange seats with enough space in between them
- Try to provide alternate arrangements for common areas like dining etc.
Clean office objects and sanitize them
Make sure you clean all office items before opening the company. High chances are they will be dusty since they are not used for months. Clean and sanitize them to prevent CoronaVirus. Take help from professional and certified sanitization companies. Here is a list of things you need to clean:
- Elevator buttons
- Light switches
- Cabinet pulls
- Accessories like staplers, tapes, and pen
- Appliances in the dining area
- Coffee machine
- Bathroom items
- Waste bins
Disinfect the floors and clean the windows
Another area you should be careful about before opening the office is floors and windows. They need to be cleaned and disinfected before the office opens. Ensure that you sanitize all doors and windows. Take special care of door handles and sanitize as they can easily spread germs due to frequent contact.
- Front door handles
- In-office doors
- Bathroom floors
- Sanitizing the door handles
Order enough equipment for the cleaning process
Buy and stock all the essential items for a healthy workplace. Ensure your in-house housekeeping teams or outsourced housekeeping staff are trained with the new way of handling and cleaning. Establish new ways of monitoring and reporting on how they follow new stringent regulations. Come up with working and display notices on walls, asking to locate and use items as needed.
- Paper towels
- Protective masks
- Bleach solutions
Make sure enough sanitizers are available in the office.
Frequently sanitizing the hands is the best option to stop COVID-19 from spreading. Make sanitizers available everywhere in the office and use sanitizers to clean the office devices. Also, keep reminding employees about the importance of maintaining personal hygiene through wall posters near sanitizers.
Keep masks and gloves at the front desk.
Placing enough masks and gloves at the front desk for the employees is another option to fight against COVID-19. These precautions can help the workers to get equipped very well against the pandemic.
Prepare a cleaning schedule for the office.
Come up with new office cleaning schedule in a fixed interval of time. Disinfecting and sanitizing the workplace will make your office pandemic-proof. Cleaning office spaces at random schedule may leave the workplace messy. Creating a systematic schedule will help in tracking the cleaning process and ensuring the place is safe.
Arrange a safe way to dispose of the waste
Before the pandemic hit, many companies preferred collecting waste in dustbins and disposing of them at the end of the day. But this won’t be effective in the pandemic. Arrange safe ways to dispose of the waste as it may carry viruses in it. If you can afford an instant waste disposal system, it is good to buy one. Otherwise, store the waste materials in a closed container until they are disposed of correctly.
Go about keeping your office safe and sound without hassles. You are not alone in this. All companies are trying their level best to come up with re-imagined house-keeping methods. It makes sense to consult or contract an integrated facility management company with specialized housekeeping services. They will have latest best practices in housekeeping for the new normal.