There is something deeply unsettling about stepping out of your homes and going to work. For many, working from home is a privilege. But for some, stepping out of their home to serve and work is equal to facing the danger that is COVID-19.
Different countries all over the world have been on edge these days. This is due to the novel coronavirus disease outbreak, or better known as COVID-19. This virus, known to be fatal in many cases, is causing great fear and panic to almost everyone across the globe.
According to experts, the virus is known to live on common areas and surfaces for about 24 hours and around three to four days for plastic and stainless steel objects. Considering the build and materials many warehouse spaces have these days, it is more likely subjected to vulnerability. But fortunately, there are quite a few effective ways you can do to help disinfect and sanitize your warehouse amidst this crisis.
PRACTICE PROPER HYGIENE
You’ve probably heard this a million times now, and you’ll hear it a million times more. But the best way to lower the risk of contracting the virus is by practicing proper hygiene first and foremost. To be a lot more specific, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for about 20 seconds. Reach most especially for high traffic areas and those that tend to be left out like the fingertips, fingernails, the spaces between your fingers, and the back of the hand.
A lot of people are forced to practice quarantine and isolation, but not warehouse employees. If anything, it’s business as usual. With that, it’s important to practice proper hygiene by washing your hands before and after engaging in warehouse operations. Moreso, learn the act of covering your nose and mouth each time you cough or sneeze. Doing these things alone can save you from a multitude of risks.
HAVE A PLAN
When choosing a maintenance or cleaning routine, it’s essential to have a plan. In light of the recent outbreak, it’s best if you disinfect and sanitize the warehouse regularly. Make it every other day, if possible. However, keep in mind that this should not affect the overall productivity of your warehouse operations. Nevertheless, setting a consistent and well-planned schedule as part of your property warehouse management plan helps you balance all the cleaning resources you have and execute the whole sanitation process smoothly.
Always clean high traffic areas and surfaces with soap and water. Practice a routine cleaning of the following frequently touched surfaces and areas in the warehouse:
- Light switches
- Warehouse machines and equipment
After cleaning high traffic areas and surfaces with soap and water, proceed onto disinfecting these with alcohol and bleach solutions. Use alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol content. Dilute household bleach solutions and check the label to ensure that the product is not past its expiration date. Leave the solution on for at least a minute on selected areas, equipment, and surfaces.
Important reminder: always wear protective gear, like disposable gloves, when cleaning and disinfecting your warehouse. As long as you follow the right protocol, then your warehouse is in good hands. Stay safe, everyone!
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