Many aspects of day-to-day life have changed since the start of the pandemic, from how we commute to work, attend classes, go grocery shopping, and most importantly, the new way that we clean. There has now been a greater emphasis on cleaning and hygiene as everyone tries their best to remain healthy. In this blog post, we will discuss a new way of cleaning post-pandemic.
An article from Forbes even stated that the pandemic had turned many of us into germaphobes. As the pandemic swept the nation last year, consumers drove up demand for disinfecting wipes and sanitizers, and it was only until recently that supply finally caught up. These days, cleaning and disinfecting go hand-in-hand with health and safety.
Higher Cleaning Standards
Throughout the pandemic, we have learned that the best ways to protect ourselves are through social distancing, strict cleaning, and practicing good hygiene habits. This includes higher cleaning standards in regards to our environments and frequent washing of our hands. These are standards that we can, and should, continue to implement into our routines post-pandemic.
When it comes to our environments—whether at work, school, or home—they should be cleaned and disinfected frequently depending on the amount of foot traffic they get. For businesses that have not yet reopened, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, provides guidance on reopening procedures and cleaning and disinfecting facilities. Businesses must adhere to these guidelines to maintain a healthy and safe space for both employees and clients.
For a list of approved disinfectants against COVID-19, please visit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) List N here.
Prioritizing High-Touch Surfaces
According to the CDC, a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object with the virus on it and then touching their mouth, nose, or eyes. This is from respiratory droplets that land on surfaces and objects. However, spread from touching surfaces is not a common way that COVID-19 spreads.
With this in mind, having a protocol in place to clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces can still reassure your employee’s and clients’ protection against COVID-19, as well as other illnesses that come post-pandemic.
The most common high-touch surfaces indoors include:
- Light switches
- Elevator buttons
- Shared electronic equipment
For best practices, clean these surfaces every day while also frequently washing your hands.
An even greater approach to acknowledging others’ health and safety is by cleaning visibly and documenting your process. Most businesses have janitors come in at night to perform routine cleaning for the following workday, but these days, cleaning during the day when others can see you can be extremely reassuring.
Suppose daytime cleaning is not ideal for your business. In that case, you can still reassure others by placing documents or signs within the facility stating that the area has been cleaned and disinfected.
Improving Employee Safety and Working Conditions
Cleaning comes with many health risks, so safety must continue to stay top of mind. Post-pandemic, it may be more commonplace for employers to encourage workers to stay home if they feel unwell, allow a hybrid work schedule for those who are immunocompromised, and invest in proper safety training PPE.
According to Nilfisk, a well-known supplier of professional cleaning equipment, two trends regarding employee safety and working conditions include autonomous cleaning solutions and increased efforts to clean a more attractive job prospect.
Autonomous cleaning machines can take care of simple tasks such as floor cleaning to more carefully utilizing their efforts on difficult tasks. To make cleaning a more attractive job prospect, employers should look into higher wages, training, professional development opportunities, more paid leave, health insurance, and retirement savings programs.
Turnover rates are high in the cleaning industry, averaging about 200% and even reaching 400% annually. By prioritizing and investing in employee safety and working conditions, you help decrease turnover rates, gain your employees’ trust, and ultimately build a stronger team.
What Can We Expect Post-Pandemic
We can only hope that frequent cleaning and disinfecting, good hygiene habits, and keeping respectful distances from others are here to stay. With warmer weather approaching, capacity limits will continue to increase, but we should always be mindful of our health and safety.
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