The Covid-19 pandemic has suddenly raised awareness of the vulnerabilities of societies in the face of the risk represented by emerging infectious diseases, including in countries with prevention and response systems that are regularly revised and strengthened.
This crisis, which puts the health systems of the most affected countries to the test, is at the origin of social, societal, and economic consequences of a magnitude unheard of since 1945. This observation should lead to changes and maintenance in the capacity to withstand future exceptional disasters, including those related to climate change.
Social distancing and other CDC requirements compliance
The global Coronavirus pandemic will have had the effect of putting basic hygiene measures back at the center of everyone’s concerns. A real barrier to the transmission of Covid-19 and more broadly of all microbes – social distancing – has become the norm and will probably leave some traces post-containment. This should be part of your readiness plan or return-to-work formula.
Monitor local statistics on the pandemic to determine whether health measures and special security are required in their community. Also, some sectors may have special requirements. For example, retail workers may need to take extra precautions.
Communicate your preparedness in a way that everyone understands and applies it well. For example, CleanRated breaks down over 100 essential things you can do into short Yes/No questions, and each has a link to a resources to tell you how to implement various measures. Business owners must make a real effort to engage their employees. This may require several training sessions and team meetings, but you must invest the time and effort to arouse your employees’ interest.
Review of processes and offerings
With work in slow motion and most projects on hold, it would be a good idea to take the time to evaluate the products and services that your business offers. Knowing that most of the population is at home and therefore consumes more on the Internet, why not develop satisfaction surveys, for example, targeted surveys around the usefulness and ecological impact of your products or services?
Hygiene of company premises
Your COVID 19 toolkit should provide adaptable guidelines on which surfaces to clean regularly, as well as when and with which cleaning products:
Review of the work process
The proper pandemic preparedness checklist should touch on ways you can realign your business structure and individual roles and task completion processes to minimize risk. Consider using more scheduling software and video conferencing platforms to adapt to new work habits. Thoroughly review the work tools that could be improved, particularly in terms of technology. Integrate remote work and find ways to make it maximally productive.
Limit in-person interaction as much as possible. For buildings that receive the public, it is necessary to seek fluidity rather than slow down. Warn of busy periods to stagger the flow to avoid queues on the sidewalk, for example.
Prevent bottlenecks in businesses
When there is a breakdown in an area, mark the area to respect the distances. Establish directions of movement in the corridors, workshops, stairs, different spaces and, if possible, dedicate certain doors to entrances and others to exits. Leave doors open (except the fire doors). Use plexiglass to facilitate safety when two people need to communicate, e.g., between counter workers and customers in a retail environment.
Every employee should know the symptoms of Covid-19.
Everyone should be aware of the symptoms and should not work if they have these symptoms. These symptoms are recalled on the official posters, but they must be often recalled during safety sessions. These symptoms are variable (fever, cold, sore throat, cough, and sometimes difficulty breathing).
Establish body temperature control maximum 98.6° F
This WHO recommends not allowing people with a temperature above 96.6° to enter the workplace. Brief your employees, customers, and contractors that if COVID-19 starts to spread in your area, anyone with a mild cough or even low-grade fever needs to stay at home.
Hygiene of tools, computers, and telephones used in the course of work
Encourage personal tools or for cleaning staff to quickly disinfect them when changing users. Disinfect machine controls, forklift controls (provide wipes, denatured alcohol, etc.), computer keyboards, telephones, etc.
Despite all the expert predictions regarding the challenges of the post-COVID-19 era, one thing is certain: no one can guarantee what will happen next. As a business executive, the best thing to do is equip yourself wisely to be prepared for any eventuality. Stay safe, ready, and informed with tools like CleanRated’s pandemic readiness checklist and communication plans.