Montana officially lifted its stay-at-home order on April 26. So what does this mean for as you reopen your business? As a business owner, you are probably anxious to open your doors again to help not only your business survive, but to support the livelihood of your employees. But there are certain safety precautions that need to take place in order to open your business and keep it open without putting people at unnecessary risk.
Follow these 4 tips to plan for a safe and successful reopen of your business after the Coronavirus.
Focus on keeping employees healthy and safe.
The most important thing you can do for your business is to take care of your employees. If an employee looks or feels sick, send them home. Encourage employees to call in sick if they are not feeling well, even if they don’t think they have Coronavirus. By taking this one step, you drastically reduce the possibility of spreading the virus around to other employees, yourself, and your customers.
You can also help prevent illness while your employees are at work. You can take your employees’ temperatures before their shift, keep hand sanitizer at every workstation and throughout your building, and require employees to wear disposable gowns, masks, and gloves. Depending on the nature of your business, safety glasses and face shields may also be a good addition to your daily wardrobe. By setting up these precautions, your employees will feel supported and safer with the idea of going back to work during such uncertain times.
Create alternatives to high touch surfaces.
Germs are easily spread through high touch surfaces like doorknobs, faucets, and light switches. Many companies are retrofitting their facilities with automatic lights, faucets, paper towel dispensers, and kickstands on doors, so people touch as few surfaces as possible. Anywhere you can add an alternative to grabbing or touching something, can reduce the risk of spreading germs.
Follow OSHA guidelines for safety.
Every state has their own safety guideline and rules for reopening commercial properties, and it can be confusing. Use the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) guidelines for keeping your facilities’ surfaces wiped down. Make sure to deep clean soft surfaces, like drapes, carpets, and rugs regularly–especially those in high traffic areas. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends laundering fabrics and clothing items like uniforms, towels, rags, etc., in hot water and detergent after use. Also, wipe down electronics like keyboards, mice, and monitors after use with alcohol-based wipes or sanitizing sprays with at least 70% alcohol. The more diligent you are about cleaning your facility after COVID-19, the more you are helping to keep your business safe for employees.
Use professional cleaning services.
If you need help keeping your business clean, it’s okay to reach out to outside professionals. They want to help your business succeed in its reopening and keep everyone safe. Alpha Omega Pros Cleaning and Disinfecting Services can help keep your commercial building safer during virus outbreaks, like COVID-19. They specialize in commercial clients and larger commercial facilities. They use ULV fogging machines, cleaning the high touch points first followed with contact cleaning. All products are EPA-approved and our team follows the CDC guidelines for personal protective equipment and products. We’ve applied disinfectant to areas as small as vehicles to as big as large office buildings.
Ready to Reopen Your Business and Keep Your Employee Safe?
Contact Alpha Omega Disaster Restoration. We are still open and here to help you with cleaning your business, building, or commercial facility. Our team offers emergency response plans and clean-up to help you more easily get through these difficult times. We are available 24 hours, 7 days a week. We are a professional disaster restoration company that employs industry experts who are seen as trusted advisors. We’ll manage the recovery of your property damage by dedicating ourselves to honesty, integrity, reliability, and producing a superior-quality service. We strive to continually challenge ourselves through learning, development, and accountability through industry relations.
Alpha-Omega is the leading disaster restoration and cleaning company serving Billings, MT and surrounding areas.