The rise of eCommerce businesses today has forced the warehousing industry to expand and develop in many aspects. And one of the most important things to consider when acquiring a warehouse is its regular upkeep.
So, when was the last time you actually disinfected your warehouse space?
Today’s ongoing pandemic is causing great fear and panic among many people, if not all. This novel coronavirus disease or COVID-19 is a respiratory disease proven to be fatal in many cases. The virus can be transmitted through physical contact of an infected area or person to another. Tiny droplets that carry the said virus can live up to surfaces for about 24 hours. Meanwhile, stainless steel materials and plastics can hold the virus for up to three to four days.
The best, and probably most effective way to dodge the virus is by practicing social distancing and proper hygiene. However, while most people are forced to self-isolate, the warehousing industry and its skeletal staff, like warehouse spaces here in Kansas City, have become key frontliners in the industry. This is to help meet the needs and other essentials of businesses and individuals alike. Here are some effective disinfecting tips to keep your warehouse space and staff COVID-free:
Contact with an infected and high traffic surface may expose you to the hazards of the virus. Thus, it is practical to wear gloves at all times when receiving packages, putting away materials, and arranging stocks. Gloves should be one of the warehouse space’s top essentials during this time of crisis. Above all, remind workers not to touch their faces after getting in contact with common surfaces and areas.
Wipe Down Workstations
Before starting your shift, make sure to use disinfectants like alcohol with at least 70% alcohol content or bleach solutions. Disinfect desks and other high traffic surfaces and areas the property way by wiping it down and allowing it to remain wet for about three to five minutes.
Wash Your Hands Regularly
Prepare to get yourself worked up by making frequent trips to the nearest sink or bathroom within the facility. Wash your hands before you eat, after you eat, after coughing or sneezing, and after touching a surface, among the many many other actions and activities you perform within the warehouse. Wash your hands correctly by using soap and water, allowing it to lather for about 20 to 30 seconds.
It’s important to identify who works for the skeletal force and who doesn’t. These people, then, have to practice physical or social distancing to keep the virus from spreading. If a COVID positive employee comes in close contact with many other people, chances are, your entire staff will catch the virus, and you’ll have to shut down operations immediately. Also, you might want to implement shifting schedules to control the number of people working within the area at a specific time.
Although most likely to cause panic, this virus shouldn’t paralyze the way key frontline businesses operate. Follow the tips mentioned above to help keep your warehouse space and staff safe, healthy, and away from the outbreak. Stay safe!
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