There is a series of definite cleaning tools and procedures
, and a right and wrong way to undergo disinfection that could make or break the health of your office workers. Here are five tips on properly disinfecting an office.
Tip No. 1: Utilize a One-Way Wipe Down
This is the most common mistake most people make. After wiping once,they wipe the same area again, or they wipe surfaces in multipledirections. For best results, wipe down a surface in a single direction and be advised not to go back over it since you will deposit microscopic organisms you just cleaned up. Practice wiping down all frequently touched surfaces like workstations, countertops, and most importantly, doorknobs.
Tip No. 2: Learn to Practice Color-Coded Cleaning
Next, routinely apply color-coded cloths assigned to specific spaces so you will never cross-contaminate the kitchen cloths with the bathroom cloths. To further avoid cross-contamination, eliminate each clothimmediately after use.
Tip No. 3: Do the Smart Spraying
Spraying with household disinfectants can be an economical way to approach the problem. However, before purchasing any common household disinfectant, check first if they are anti-COVID-19 effective. Make sure it has the approval of, is tested by, and is certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency against the new “novel “coronavirus.
Tip No. 4: Practice Tech Disinfection
For office personnel stuff, thoroughly disinfect all computer components including desktops, laptops, mice, and mobile phones. Our mobile phone is the most touched item we lay our fingers on every day, so these need extra attention.
The most dangerous behavior we unconsciously do is touching our mouth, eyes, and nose with our fingers unknowingly, spreading bacteria to and from the tech items we touch.
Tip No. 5: Utilize disinfectant products cautiously
Always be careful in handling disinfectant products. Read the instructions as labeled first and follow the hazard warnings and directions. Most of the time, cleaning products and disinfectants call for the use of gloves or eye protection. Never mix cleaners and disinfectants except if the labels convey it is okay to do so.
- wearing gloves in disposing of your waste
- labeling no-touch wastebaskets
- throwing disposable items used to clean surfaces and objects away(immediately after use)
- practicing the no-touch policy on used tissues and other waste (while emptying wastebaskets)
- rinsing your hands with soap and water (after emptying wastebaskets)
Last Minute Advice:
Post hand washing and drying signs at main office entrances, room entry doors, toilet areas, or almost everywhere. These will serve as a gentle reminder to your employees to always sanitize themselves whenever they move around offices.
It is advisable to use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60-95% alcohol or wash with warm water and soap for at least twenty seconds. Remember to dry hands thoroughly because bacteria spread with moisture.
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