Due to the recent pandemic that caused lockdowns in most states in the US, businesses found themselves suffering from shutdowns as well.  Now that they shutdowns are being lifted here and there, the next thought is that of facility management, and how to safely reopen.

If the country is to survive, it needs to move forward, and as such, it is vital that our businesses reopen.  In order to achieve this goal, there are several strategies that will need to be put into place and acted upon, such as continued virus testing, social distancing, tracking of contact, and isolation if needed.

In an effort to make sure that those areas that are deemed high traffic areas, such as workplaces, homes, school, and businesses, the following will need to be kept in mind:

Plan Development

There is no denying that when attempting any endeavor, it will come off smoother and more organized if a plan is first developed to be put into place.  When it comes to battling to keep the spread of coronavirus down, and safely reopening during this pandemic, this premise will also hold true.  The most vital step in the process of reopening during the pandemic safely is that of making sure that everything is done to reduce the exposure and spread of COVID-19.  For any plan to be effective, every individual must work to play their part in the process, whether that be through the acts of our wearing facial masks and social distancing, along with the frequent washing of hands or the use of hand sanitizer.

Plan Implementation

Once your plan is developed and is strong and viable, it will now be time to put the plan to work.  The EPA has said that by using the proper types of disinfectants, the COVID-19 virus can indeed be killed.  Those types of products include concentrates, wipes, and sprays that are ready to use.  Each of the products suggested by the EPA has been tested and shown to work effectively against viruses that have proven to be difficult to irradicate than those viruses associated with COVID-19.

Plan Maintenance

For any plan to work and be effective, once it is put into place, it must be rigorously maintained.  The developed framework that is devised and put into place of disinfecting and cleaning highly trafficked areas will need to be kept to routine use.  In order to achieve this, it is highly suggested that:

  • With the regular cleaning of a workplace, or business, following a pre-conceived plan, using approved disinfectants such as soap and water, there will be a significant reduction in the presence of the virus known to cause COVID-19. This will logically result in a significant reduction in both the risk of exposure and the spread of the virus.
  • When using the disinfectants suggested by the EPA as instructed on their labels, you will undeniably see the best results. However, if the suggested disinfectants are not readily available, you can mix a suitable solution containing 1/3 cup of bleach to one gallon of water.  If you are really in a pinch, any disinfectant containing 70% alcohol will work as well.

With all this said, there are a few takeaways that will need to be kept in mind when it comes to your facility management in regards to a reopening.  The COVID-19 virus is now known to remain active on various surfaces for hours and, in some cases, days before dying and becoming inert.  However, it has also been determined that high temperatures, as well as sunlight can work to significantly reduce the virus’s transmission when it comes to surface to surface or surface to individual.