Coronavirus has caused widespread panic around the globe. Small and big businesses are affected; they can no longer operate as usual and must follow a set of guidelines provided by the government. Making the preparations ensure that your small business can still meet critical business operations. The following are 5 best coronavirus practices for small businesses.
1. Encourage Proper Handwashing Etiquette
Throughout the workplace, there should be posters about the right handwashing procedures. They can also set up a short orientation that teaches staff how to wash hands properly. First, you wet your hands below the running water. Next, you rub some soap on your wet hands. All surfaces of the hands are to be scrubbed; the whole procedure should last for 20 seconds. Finally, you rinse your hands with running water and dry them with a clean cloth.
2. Clean All Surfaces
All hard surfaces are to be cleaned with detergent and soap before disinfecting. Only EPA registered household disinfectants should be used as they have been proven effective against virus like coronavirus. The cleaning products should be used according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Household bleach that is diluted with at least 1000ppm sodium hypochlorite can be used. The household bleach is not to be mixed with ammonia. Soft surfaces like carpet, and drapes are to be cleaned with the appropriate cleaners and then laundered according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Surfaces of electronics like tablets, keyboards must be cleaned with alcohol-based wipes and sprays.
3. Wear Proper Clothing During Cleaning
All cleaning staff has to wear disposable gloves and gowns. The gloves and gowns should comply with the chemical cleaning products. Coveralls and aprons can be worn as a subtitute for gowns if they are not available. All cleaning staff should wash their hands after handling the dirty laundry. The proper handwashing procedure requires you to wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds.
4. Allow Employees to Work from Home
Employees that are sick should be allowed to stay at home so that they cannot spread virus and infect other people in the office. They should stay at home until there is no more symptom of fever. You may also want to ask your employee to work from home if they have family members that are sick with the coronavirus. Companies that have never offer paid sick leaves before are now offering it.
5. Implement a Flexible Working Plan
Small businesses should make arrangements for flexible working plans since it is convenient to go out. This means that all nonessential travel should be canceled and replaced with online conferencing. There are roadblocks everywhere and driving to the office will take more time. This is the best option for people who live in a neighborhood with lots of cases of coronavirus. With today’s technology, it is easy for the business to operate as usual when a pandemic take place.