As COVID-19 remains a threat to many people, it is important to consider how you are keeping your environment safe and sanitized to minimize the risk of catching or spreading the virus. If you’re among the millions of people returning to their workplace, you may be concerned about how you, as well as your place of work, can minimize the risk of COVID-19, while remaining efficient and focused on your work. The good news is that now that we know more about the virus, many workspaces and businesses are able to reassess their offices and put extra measures in place to keep you safe.
Though the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has guidelines for healthy and safe workspaces pre-COVID, the CDC has made more recommendations specific to the coronavirus that your workspace is most likely applying. Depending on your workplace, there may be many safe workplace solutions. Here are some of the most popular solutions that businesses are using to keep you safe:
- Mask Mandates and Social Distancing. Many businesses are requiring employees and/or customers to wear masks while inside and around other people. Masks don’t necessarily have to be medical grade, but cloth masks should be washed frequently and disposable masks should be replaced as much as possible. Your workplace may also offer PPE for employees, too. Workplaces are also implementing social distancing measures, like separating desks, adding 6 feet markers where customers may stand in line, using every other desk or cashier, or even adding transparent barriers between visitors and employees to stop the spread of germs.
- Frequent Sanitizing and Cleaning. Washing your hands frequently and practicing good hygiene is hopefully something you were already practicing pre-COVID. Now, many workplaces are adding hand sanitizing stations with sanitizers that are at least 60% alcohol, providing surface cleaners to encourage cleaning desks, handles, and other items you may come in contact with. Your workplace may also be hiring daily and/or weekly cleaning surfaces to do a thorough cleaning of the office.
- Improve Ventilation. Installing an updated air ventilation system or taking measures to update your central air will make sure the air in your building is being constantly filtered and overturned with clean air. With consultation from an HVAC professional, you can do things like increase the percentage of outdoor air coming in, increase total airflow, or disable automatic controls that may decrease airflow based on occupancy, time of day, or temperature.
- Develop Policies for Infection Preparedness or Sick People. Your workplace most likely has developed a protocol for making sure people don’t have COVID-19, as well as a plan if someone does end up with the virus. Some workplaces may require you to take a daily temperature test or a weekly COVID test and ask sick people or those with symptoms to stay home or quarantine for the specified amount of time to make sure the virus does not spread. If someone has ended up testing positive, there is probably a plan in place to isolate that employee, inform other employees of the virus, and ask people to self-monitor their symptoms, stagger shifts or limit numbers of employees into the building, or even close down the office and work from home until it is safe to work again. Inquire with your administration to see what their policies and plans are in the event of an infection at the workplace.
Finding an office space in the perfect location that’s perfect for your business shouldn’t be hard, and in the wake of COVID-19, making sure your workplace has a safe workplace solution may make your search even harder. Alexa’s Workspaces beautiful office spaces are now working hard to ensure everyone’s safety by personally providing hand sanitizer to each client, spacing out offices, encouraging social distancing and the use of masks and other PPE, and providing frequent cleaning. With two Florida locations in Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood, we guarantee that you’ll find your perfect workspace for whatever business you have. To request more information or find a location near you, visit our contact page.