Coronavirus Pandemic Remediation – A Facility Manager’s Guide
Find best practices for protecting your buildings, their tenants, employees and visitors from the infectious coronavirus disease and the business disruption it can cause.
The coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is the hot topic of the day. Warnings are all over the news and social media. COVID-19 is top-of-mind across the country, and the American public’s concern about contracting the disease swells with each new update to its spread.
But there is no need for hysteria.
U.S. businesses have rallied to successfully deal with pandemics before, and this should be no different.
Still, over the past few weeks, we’ve increasingly heard comments and concerns – so we created this Facility Managers Guide to COVID-19, complete with best practices and preparations you can take to help prevent the spread of infection and disruptions to business continuity.
Which advice should Facility Managers share with tenants, management and employees?
- Wash hands frequently and after touching things in public areas and restrooms throughout the day with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (singing “Happy Birthday” twice takes 20 seconds)
- If you can’t wash your hands, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Avoid close contact with people who appear sick
- When sneezing, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue, then dispose of it into an appropriate (preferably closed) container
- Cough into the crook of your arm rather than into your hands
- Stay home if you think you might be sick
- Wearing a mask will not prevent you from contracting the virus. Wearing a mask is only recommended when you’re already sick and trying to avoid infecting others.
Best practices for cleaning, disinfecting and decontaminating Class A facilities
- Challenge: Cleaning, decontamination and pandemic infection-control require remediation far beyond the services offered by traditional cleaning crews.
- Solution: It is crucial to find a professional partner that knows and adheres to all OSHA, CDC and IICRC® guidelines and standards.
- Challenge: Recording and reporting of all disinfection work as it is completed is vitally important to you – and are of top-of-mind interest to your tenants and the property owner.
- Solution: Make sure you receive documents and photo evidence of all completed disinfection and infection control tasks from interior surfaces and treated areas.
- This information helps ensure all areas have been treated, while proving you’ve taken necessary steps to maintain a healthy building.
Proactively communicate for peace of mind
- Challenge: Pandemics are frightening and stressful; it’s important to visibly reassure your tenants, management, employees, customers and visitors that you’re keeping them safe.
- Solution: Following your facility’s COVID-19 cleaning, disinfecting and decontamination, make sure to continuously publicize the steps you’ve taken to protect and keep them healthy.
- Placing signs in public spaces can bring peace-of-mind to your building. So is publicly posting pictures of services being performed with clear information and certifications about the cleaning and disinfection, as well as future steps and upcoming schedules.
Corporate Care’s approach to prevention and protection
Corporate Care is your partner in COVID-19 preparedness, disinfection and ongoing protection. We think of our work as part service, part consulting – we guide and advise you through the entire process, from preparation to post-remediation. Corporate Care uses state-of-the-art solutions to safeguard your facilities and employees from COVID-19.
When you’re a Corporate Care client, you’re assured the technicians working in your facilities know all the OSHA and CDC best practices and bring all the right equipment to get the job done. Our seasoned, professional team are IICRC certified. Very few companies’ employees meet them all — but Corporate Care employees do. They also have security clearance and access with knowledge of the ins-and-outs of your facilities – from building layouts, furniture inside, finish-out materials, assets, office technology and more.
You’ll need a long-term plan against COVID-19. We need to start now.
Call Corporate Care today. We’ll help you clean up today, and then create an ongoing infectious disease containment plan that will respond to your needs instantly as the COVID-19 situation changes.
Following the suggestions in this article is a great first step, but there’s more you can do to prepare a disease containment plan for COVID-19. Call Corporate Care today for more information on preparation, decontamination and post-remediation.
And current Corporate Care clients – don’t forget to add our emergency phone number to your contact list (800-728-8508).