The #1 Reopening Resource For NY Facility Managers
As a facility manager in NY, you’re used to doing it all. But now that businesses are reopening after Covid-19, you need to change your game plan to keep everyone safe on the premises. Here, you’ll find a breakdown of all the things you need to remember, maneuver and the products to use for social distancing success.
Already reopened? See these CDC approved tips for maintaining a healthy workplace during Covid-19.
The Top 4 Things to Keep in Mind
- Workplace Safety
When adjusting your workplace to fit a Covid-19 plan, it’s important that you still hold to the traditional safety standards. Make sure they are still in play if you have to move any furniture or objects.
- Ease of Use
The based laid plan is one that’s simple for everyone to follow. If all personnel can read, understand and practice new workplace protocol correctly and easily, you’ll have a successful Covid-19 program.
- Inherent Value
Company budgets must still be respected. Covid-19 might be a temporary situation, but its effects might be long lasting. Pay attention to experts & trends to prioritize your Covid-19 plan spending.
Flexibility means knowing what can stay, what can go and what is the best course of action for the future. It means incorporating elements that can adapt for Covid-19 and beyond.
- All Purpose Cleaners
These are designed to remove dirt, stains, grease, etc., but they do little to kill germs.
It’s always best to clean with these products first as they pave the way for the following to be effective and keep your facility looking professional.
These products are designed to kill an array of microorganisms including bacteria, viruses and fungi.
Unlike disinfectants that are designed to eliminate most, if not all, germs on a surface, sanitizers work to lower the count by removing or killing microorganisms.
These are effective in killing harmful bacteria.
This type works to minimize and prevent the growth of cultures and germs on surfaces. (Note: Office supplies can be coated with antimicrobial solution to prevent the growth of bacteria and help keep employees safe from infection. They also make highly effective soaps for restrooms.)
- Do you have the space to spread desks and cubicles at least 6ft apart without causing a safety hazard or blocking door/walkways?
- Can your desks or cubicles be rearranged or are they immobile?
- If not, should you take this opportunity to update your desk/cubicle systems to newer models that are better suited to social distancing and will be flexible to adapt to future situations?
- Should you use protective barriers and panels to meet Covid-19 protective standards?
- Where is the most effective position for hygiene dispensers?
Use the Correct Cleaning Materials
Stepping up your janitorial efforts is every facility manager’s priority. By keeping your workplace clean, you kill germs and prevent the spread of infection. But it’s not as simple as it sounds. Some janitorial products kill germs, while others remove dirt and grease. The most effective cleaning regimen will incorporate an array of facility cleaning products. So what’s the clean difference between cleaning products, disinfectants and others?
Differences Between the 5 Main Janitorial Products
2 Ways to Assist Workplace Navigation for Social Distancing
Even in the busiest of workplaces, social distancing can be done effectively. The trick is to have traffic directed appropriately. Whether it’s showing people which direction they should walk in or where they should stand in line, these cues are essential to the success of your Covid-19 plan.
1. Mats & Floor Decals
Floor mats & decals are a facility manager’s best friends when he needs to control foot traffic. These are the tickets that take your lobby from looking like Grand Central at rush hour to a quiet suburban street.
Use arrows to direct traffic down hallways and aisles, or circles to mark 6ft apart on check out, reception, and restroom lines.
Mats can be used inside or outside. This means that they not only send a brightly colored reminder to practice social distancing and use PPE, but they keep your facility clean too! That’s a win all around!
2. Using Signage
It’s not enough just to make sure instructions are at people’s feet. They need them eye-level, too, so posting signs at workplace entrances, such as the main entrance, restroom doors and the breakroom. This is an effective way to remind employees to social distance in common spaces and practice good hygiene.
5 Points to Consider for Office Social Distancing Reconfiguration
Office reconfiguration is necessary to ensure that employees are working in a safe environment, one that is set up to protect them from infection. The scale of reconfiguration depends on your office layout and existing furniture. Ask yourself the following questions:
Office reconfiguration is the trickiest part of establishing and executing a Covid-19 plan for the workplace. Because each room is different, each will have special adjustments and placement of sanitizing/dispenser stations. If you need assistance strategizing your reconfiguration and/or physically handling the furniture, our experts are here to help!
There are a lot of moving parts to getting your workplace ready for reopening. As a facility manager, you might be feeling overwhelmed, wondering how one person can do it all. We’re here to tell you that you don’t have to. ProfTech has helped countless other NY business prepare to reopen after Covid-19, and we can help you too.
Do you want to make your Covid-19 plan simple and effective?