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As Spring approaches, businesses are preparing to re-open their facilities to their workers. As these changes take place, it’s important for employees to feel confident in their workspace. To help businesses foster that confidence, EBM has created this five-step guide to wellness in the workplace. This guide was created in conjunction with the latest guidelines from the CDC and identifies what steps businesses should take to ensure that their workers return to a facility that is clean, healthy, and safe.

1. Incorporate disinfection of workplace surfaces into routine cleaning tasks. It’s possible for people to become infected with COVID-19 if they touch surfaces and then touch their nose, mouth, or eyes. Cleaning and disinfecting workspace surfaces can reduce the risk of infection.

2. Prioritize disinfection of high-touch surfaces. Evaluate the type of surfaces in your facility and how often they will be touched. The more people who touch the surface the higher the risk of infection. Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces at least once a day. Examples of high-touch surfaces include doorknobs, light switches, handles, stair rails, chair arms, counters, tables, elevator buttons, phones, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

3. Include more frequent disinfection in areas that are more susceptible to exposure.-Examples would be high traffic areas with many people, poorly ventilated areas, and areas occupied by workers who may be at an increased risk to COVID-19.

4. Use an approved disinfectant. It’s important to use an EPA-approved N List disinfectant in your facility. The products on this list are effective against COVID-19. Always follow product directions when using a disinfectant. For electronics, choose an N List disinfectant that meets that product’s manufacturer’s requirements.

5. Be prepared to respond when someone in your facility has been sick. If someone has tested positive or was feeling unwell in your facility within the past 24 hours, clean and disinfect the spaces they used. Close off the area, create additional air circulation, and wear PPE, such as masks and gloves to disinfect the spaces.

If you’re in need of professional cleaning services as your facility re-opens, contact EBM to implement the services from this guide.
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