As facilities reopen across the county under these unprecedented circumstances, there are many precautions that a facilities manager must take in an effort to keep his or her facility safe and clean. Often, these managers may be the sole main decision maker, and therefore, responsible for the safety of the entire organization.
As a facility manager, we know how important it is that you create an environment where your staff, coworkers, and customers feel safe and secure. In an effort to help you, we put together three ways you can effectively keep your facility clean:
1) Keep Your Teams and Customers Informed
One of the ways that facilities managers can ensure that they have a safe and clean building is by keeping their staff and clients well informed on the importance of cleanliness. Transparency regarding the precautionary measures companies are taking to combat this virus is key. This transparency will increase the confidence of coworkers when they return to work and bring peace of mind to clients when they visit your facility.
These measures can be expressed through signs, social media, staff-wide emails, internal chat systems or client facing communications, as well as a variety of other ways. You may also consider placing signs on how long to wash hands near restrooms or the importance of social distancing near elevators. These steps toward clear communication can be incredibly beneficial by empowering those within your facility. Also, consider creating a method (e.g. hotline or anonymous tip line) that will allow people to voice concerns or suggest improvements.
2) Employ a Preventative Strategy
To ensure that you are prepared in the event of unforeseen issues or emergencies, it is very important that your overall strategy plan takes into account worst case scenarios. Here are some questions to consider:
- Who are the people that are cleaning your office? What products are they using?
- Does your organization have a plan if it is forced to close early on a particular day?
- How accessible are sanitizing wipe stands?
- Are there succession plans for leaders of your organization if they have the coronavirus?
- What are your plans if your staff has to transition to 100% remote?
- Who is responsible for refilling cleaning stations?
- Can you provide your products or services virtually?
- Do you have a storage area to host a surplus of cleaning supplies?
- How often are you cleaning common elements?
These are just some of the questions that your team might want to discuss and plan for within your preventative strategy.
3) Choose Quality Materials
It’s very important to ensure that the safety of your clients and customers remains a high priority. The best way to accomplish this is by using high quality products such as our sanitizing wipes or hand sanitizer. There is a lot of misinformation around MRO, PPE and cleaning supplies, so it is imperative that you work with a respectable company that provides quality products.
While there are many other considerations to take into account when reopening, we hope this will help arm you and your team with the tips needed to maintain a safe environment.
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If you are a facilities manager or executive and want to ensure that your facilities is prepared for opening or confirm that you are operating a safe and healthy environment, reach out to one of our consultants via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us at Goodearthproducts.com.