It is only a few months since the emergence of the novel Coronavirus, and everything seems weird. COVID-19 has managed to create an unprecedented impact on the way we live and work.
As the virus continues to spread across Canada and the rest of the world, millions of people are forced into lockdown. While many companies are moving to remote work, some organizations still need workers to be on-site to get some tasks done.
As such, it is essential to find ways of keeping such people safe and healthy while sharing their workspaces with others. One of the easiest ways of dealing with Coronavirus at the workplace is cleaning and sanitizing workspaces regularly.
In this post, we discuss how to sanitize your work area and stay safe.
Coronavirus and other germs live on surfaces for a relatively long period. This is the primary reason why it is essential to keep all surfaces in your workplace clean.
Some of the surfaces that need to be cleaned and sanitized regularly include computer equipment, telephones, doorknobs, resting rooms, working desks, and other high-touch surfaces.
Before you start sanitizing your work area, make sure it is clean. Use clean water and regular soap to clean the surface thoroughly. Proper cleaning will get rid of dirt or grease but will not kill germs and viruses that may be lurking on the surfaces.
The next thing you need to do after cleaning is sanitizing to kill bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms. Feel free to use alcohol-based sanitizers.
If you are in the food industry, feel free to use chlorine solutions, iodine, or quaternary solutions to disinfect surfaces. Consider hiring a virus decontamination service to handle the process from start to finish.
Proper sanitization is essential since it ensures the work area is cleaned regularly hence reducing the risk of transferring Coronavirus from the dirty surfaces to employees.
Most of us are used to cleaning and wiping dirty areas in a circular or back-and-forth manner. However, this method may not be effective in disinfecting surfaces since it redeposits viruses and germs you just wiped.
To avoid this, start wiping high-touch surfaces such as doorknobs, work desks, and countertops one way. This means you only wipe the surface in one direction and don’t go back over it in the opposite direction.
Throw away the wiping cloth/tissue, and don’t use it on any other surface.
Research shows that, on average; a person touches his/her mobile 2,000 times a day. Germs and viruses are known to thrive on tech devices and metallic surfaces.
To sanitize your phone, take it out of the case, rinse the case in warm water, and let it dry.
After disinfecting the case, use felt-tipped/ alcohol-based swabs to gently swab around the speaker grills, earpiece, and other ports on your device.
Be careful when cleaning/swabbing the lighting/USB-C port not to leave any fibers lodged inside the port. Use alcohol-based wipes to wipe down the screen and the body of the phone.