KEEPING STAFF AND CUSTOMERS SAFE THIS FALL
Fall is here and with the shorter days and cooler weather comes more time spent indoors. Unlike last fall when most of the country was shut down due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this fall, people are freer to move about and gather in public places. But just because the pandemic seems to have waned it is important to keep the pandemic wolves at bay.
Public places such as retail establishments, movie theatres, government offices, and office buildings should be gearing up for increased foot traffic and larger concentrations of people as the weather cools. Toward that end, it is important for facility managers to begin thinking about how they will keep their staff and visitors safe from potential health risks.
With increased foot traffic comes greater potential for the spread of germs and viruses. Creating and implementing a well-thought-out cleaning and disinfecting program is a vital first step for any business or organization that expects increased foot traffic during the busy fall and winter seasons.
Here are some tips for keeping your staff and customers safe this fall and winter:
1) UNDERSTAND THE NEW NORMAL
The pandemic has changed the way people feel about cleanliness. Staff and customers expect increased cleaning and disinfecting in places of work and establishments that they visit. Just because pandemic restrictions have been lifted does not mean pandemic-inspired behaviors should change. People need to feel safe in public places and as a facility manager, it is your responsibility to ensure that they do.
2) HELP PEOPLE HELP THEMSELVES
Providing convenient access to hand sanitizers, wet wipes, and masks will help people to help themselves and promote better hygiene. Always ensure that restroom supplies are plentiful and that soap, paper towels, and toilet paper dispensers are full at all times.
3) BE PROACTIVE
Let your staff and customers know that you are making efforts to ensure a safe environment. Post signs from your commercial cleaning provider, hire a day porter, and actively encourage staff to promote good hygiene. Have someone assigned to regularly clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces and rotate clipboards, sign-in sheets, and common-use pens and pencils.
4) CLEAN AND DISINFECT EVERY DAY
Whether you manage this in-house or outsource it to professionals, staff and customers will notice if your place of business is regularly cleaned and sanitized. Just like you, others can tell if a facility is well-maintained if the floors and restrooms are clean, and if the business management is paying attention. Make every effort to ensure that everyone that enters your facility feels comfortable and safe.
5) CONSULT A COMMERCIAL CLEANING COMPANY
Commercial cleaning companies know how to maintain a clean and sanitary environment. They can help you to identify problem areas, establish cleaning protocols, and advise you with regard to the best cleaning supplies and equipment. Not to mention the fact that they are more than capable of managing your cleaning and disinfecting needs.
Complete Care Maintenance has decades of experience with commercial cleaning and offers free consultations to help you devise and implement an effective cleaning regimen for your facility. Call or contact us today to learn more.