The COVID-19 pandemic made clear the value of workplace cleanliness. Having disinfectants handy for cleaning surfaces is commonplace now. But even before the pandemic, employees had expectations that they would be safe while they were at work — from spills and tripping hazards to communicable diseases. Conveying that feeling of workplace safety is no accident — it takes careful planning to set up and follow procedures that ensure a sanitary and healthy environment at work.
Determine the Specific Needs of Your Workplace
A factory will have different cleaning considerations than a medical facility and both will differ from office spaces. The first step in keeping your workplace sanitary and healthy is to determine what will work best for your work environment.
Medical facilities require more rigorous standards than most other work environments, but every type of workplace should have sanitary surfaces in common areas to minimize the spread of pathogens. All work environments should have measures in place to mop up spills on floors that could potentially result in falls.
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Keeping Your Workplace Sanitary
If you don’t employ a cleaning service, you’ll need to schedule the cleaning tasks and assign responsibilities to employees. For example, in a small store, it’s not uncommon for employees to take turns with cleaning duties. A schedule that is posted in a break area might be all you need to help keep things clean and sanitary.
In larger spaces, employers typically hire a service while employees are expected to do their part in keeping things clean by disposing of food waste in the kitchen or break areas and not contributing to messes that could lead to an unhealthy work environment.
In all types of environments, it’s important to identify high traffic and high touch areas. Surfaces in areas where employees gather, such as break rooms and conference rooms, should be disinfected regularly, possibly several times a day depending on the use of the space. Don’t forget to frequently sanitize stairway railings, elevators, and restrooms too.
Have Clear Guidelines about Food in the Workplace
In some workplace situations, having a sandwich at your workstation is okay. If you’re at a desk you might get a few crumbs on your keyboard, but you’re not likely to put anyone else at risk. However, in a medical facility, you could definitely put yourself at risk by eating anywhere but the breakroom. In factories or areas where machinery is used, a minor spill could ruin an expensive piece of equipment and potentially result in personal injury. For these reasons rules must be in place about where food and drinks can be consumed.
Have Supplies Available
Keep cleaning supplies in designated areas and communicate these locations to employees. Items like paper towels, cleaning solutions, hand sanitizers, and gloves and masks should be readily available. When choosing cleaning supplies, go green and select products that will not contribute to indoor air pollution.
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Create a Clean Workplace Culture
Besides having supplies and schedules, it’s important to get everyone involved in making sure the workplace is sanitary and healthy. Here are some tips for creating a clean workplace culture:
- Train employees on the proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other items required for keeping surfaces and common areas clean. Hiring an outside source for the training is a good equalizer — management and employees can learn good practices together.
- Explain why proper hygiene and disinfection practices are important. Frequent hand-washing helps prevent the spread of viruses like the common cold, influenza, and of course, COVID-19.
- Promote good hand hygiene by making sure hand sanitizer and soap are available in restrooms, kitchens, and break rooms.
- Post signage in restrooms and common areas reminding employees to wash their hands.
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Hire a Professional Cleaning Service
By using a professional cleaning service, your employees can focus on their work, knowing that their workplace is sanitary and healthy. A cleaning service provides all the supplies and personnel that are required.
While employees will still need to do their part by disposing of trash properly, washing their hands frequently, and cleaning up after themselves, the big jobs like restroom cleaning, floor cleaning, and sanitation of large, shared spaces is handled by the cleaning service.
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Story by Julia Osgood