How to Keep Your Workplace Clean During Coronavirus
Though we don’t often think about it, our workplaces contain tons of crevices inside which dirt, germs, viruses, and bacteria can hide: your keyboard, the light switches, the elevator button, the bathroom door handle, the fridge, and many more places.
Since January 2020, the world has been impacted with a novel coronavirus pandemic, and though this virus is primarily airborne and transmitted between people, research has shown that it can stay alive on surfaces and may potentially pass the virus from surfaces.
This makes cleaning all the more important. Your proactive participation in ensuring the sanitation of your workspace can play a significant part in protecting your health. Here are tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA).
1) Wipe down your workstation. Before you start your shift, use an EPA-approved product to disinfect your desk, keyboard, computer mouse, work phone, and any other objects or surfaces that you or your coworkers touch a lot.
2) Wash your hands frequently. The CDC recommends that you wash your hands after you eat, touch door handles, use the restroom, come inside from outdoors, cough or blow your nose, etc. The proper way to wash your hands is to A) wet your hands with clean water, B) apply soap, C) lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap for at least 20 seconds, including the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails, D) rinse your hands well, and E) dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
3) Sanitize when soap isn’t available. Hand sanitizers are a fine substitute during times when you can’t wash your hands, but wash them as soon as you are able.
4) Forgo handshakes. The novel coronavirus is transmitted primarily between people, so avoid unnecessary physical contact; since we’re in the midst of a pandemic, most people you interact with will understand that you’re not being rude.
5) Clean your smartphone. Being an electronic that most of us touch multiple times a day, your phone ought to be clean as well. The screens and backs of iPhones and Androids can be carefully using a damp, soapy microfiber cloth to clean or disinfectant wipes, as long as you take care to not get liquid in any of the ports.
These simple cleaning tips will go a long way towards preventing coronavirus from settling onto the surfaces in your workplace.