Most of us are familiar with the recommended safety behaviors to begin reopening public spaces and workplaces:
- Continued social distancing (maintaining 6 feet from others)
- Frequently washing hands or using hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth
- Staying home when sick
- Wearing a cloth face covering to help reduce the spread of droplets from person to person
In addition to these safety behaviors, the CDC has released guidance for reopening businesses. Per the guidance, it is important for business owners and employers to develop a plan to clean and disinfect their workplaces. Disinfection should be done with a product from the EPA's List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2. It is also important to consider the proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that should be worn by anyone who is using these chemicals. This guide is a helpful resource but is lengthy and can feel very complex.
Per the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), employers should monitor public health recommendations regarding COVID-19 and they should communicate these recommendations to employees. Employers who oversee staff that is cleaning and disinfecting need to consider the increased risks to employees due to exposure to COVID-19 and to toxic cleaning chemicals.
If all of this information seems overwhelming, don't panic. Consider calling a biohazard cleaning professional like Bio-One to answer questions. Bio-One has franchises across the country to help businesses of any size.
At Bio-One of Omaha we will give a free COVID-19 consultation to help you decide if your business needs a professional cleaning. Please give us a call at 402-521-4301 if you have any questions.