Tips To Keep Workers Safe
William Griffin, president of Seattle-based Cleaning Consultants provided tips on how to help cleaning professionals prevent the spread of COVID-19 in a press release from HFI-U.
Griffin's tips are as follows:
1. Put gloves on before starting to work and take them off when the work is stopped. Use fresh gloves each time they're put on.
2. Wash hands frequently and apply sanitizer before and after going to the restroom, eating or taking off gloves or mask. Wear goggles when mixing chemicals or if there is mist or dust in the air.
3. Keep soiled hands away from eyes, nose, mouth, face and body.
4. Wear a face mask (N95 respirator or surgical) at all times when working and when traveling in congested public spaces.
5. Do not go to work if sick. Those reporting to work when sick should be sent home and referred to their personal physician.
6. Use disinfectant solution or wipes to regularly clean all high-touch surfaces such as light switches, elevator buttons, handrails, drinking fountains, phones, door push plates and handles, counters, desks and keyboards. Allow dwell time for the disinfectant to work.
7. Use vacuum cleaners, auto scrubbers and carpet extractors that provide high-level filtration. Use dusting methods that capture dust. While there is no definitive word on whether coronavirus can infect via dust particles, it is better to be safe than sorry.
8. No handshakes, hugging or other physical contact. Use phones, texting, internet, and email to reduce personal contact. Use one's own phone, computer, stapler, etc., and do not share with others. Disinfect these items frequently.
9. Maintain a six foot distance from others.
10. Don’t be afraid but proactive by reducing exposures and taking steps that help prevent cross-infection.
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