With COVID-19 related restrictions around the country loosening up a bit further, more and more businesses are either opening back up or are almost getting back to full strength. Meanwhile, other businesses are preparing to welcome back their workers that have been telecommuting. Welcoming your team back to the workplace is an exciting step and you’ll need to make sure that they’re returning to a safe environment. Workplace safety can take many forms, so over the next few weeks, we’ll explore several areas to consider.
One of the first things to think about as you start welcoming your team members back to the workplace is hygiene. The CDC and OSHA both recommend a variety of safeguards that can help keep your employees both safe and healthy. Encouraging everybody to wash their hands frequently is a no-brainer but there are items that you can provide to your staff to give them the peace of mind they need to transition back to the office successfully.
These 5 products can help sanitize and protect your workplace from the spread of germs and viruses and help ensure your return-to-work plan is a successful and healthy one.
1. Face Masks
In many areas face masks will continue to be required indoors and wearing a mask is helpful to prevent the spread of germs and viruses, especially when social distancing isn't an option. Face masks come in a variety of options. KN95 5-filtration layer masks are the most effective at filtering out particles, but 3-layer disposable masks are the most cost-effective.
Doing temperature checks is a great way to help determine whether employees are healthy enough to be back in the office. Easy-to-use thermometers make the process fast and hassle-free. Non-contact infrared thermometers help maintain distancing and easily read temperatures between 89.6F and 109.2F, while single-use and reusable forehead thermometers can help keep overall costs down.
Gloves are a great way to protect your hands while you're cleaning up around the office, but they can also be a vital part of your sanitization procedures if you're handling food or similarly sensitive items. Disposable, powder-free vinyl and nitrile gloves help protect hands from germs and viruses. Nitrile gloves are often known as medical-grade gloves. They are stronger than latex and are a great solution when latex allergies are a concern. Vinyl gloves are also latex-free but aren't quite as durable. They're a less expensive option that works great for the food industry.
We're probably all pretty familiar with hand sanitizers by now, but did you know that they are FDA approved and can eliminate over 99.9% of germs and bacteria when they are at least 62-75% alcohol? They're also a great way to help keep your hands clean when sinks aren't readily accessible. Personal-sized bottles can be kept at individual workstations while larger bottles can be placed in common areas.
Antibacterial wet wipes can help keep workspaces bacteria-free. These resealable packs are 75% alcohol content to help annihilate germs and bacteria. Use them on high-touch surfaces such as doorknobs, tables, handles, light switches, and countertops to maintain a clean and safe environment.
Consider the environment that your team will be returning to. Using a variety of these products can help keep your work areas clean and your coworkers happy and healthy.