It almost seems inevitable that someone in your office, facility, or workplace will get sick. And during times of pandemic or particularly bad flu seasons, this can cause a great safety concern among employees and guests.
What exactly is the best way to respond to these scenarios when they occur?
If someone at your place of work gets sick and there is a tangible concern of a serious disease like coronavirus going around, you can take steps to contain the spread.
Inform Others of the Detected Case
Closing down a business isn’t always practical at every small sign of infection.
Use your best judgment, follow CDC guidelines, and adhere to the recommendations your state has in place if you are facing an active pandemic.
Generally, however, the first thing you should do when a positive case of coronavirus or other virus is detected in your office is to remove the carrier from the environment.
It may sound harsh — and most employees mean well when they insist on working through a sickness — but it is for everyone’s safety that they do not come into work.
Then, alert the building’s occupants that a confirmed case has been detected. Express to visitors and employees that their health is a number one priority.
Be sure to supply hand sanitizer and masks at entrances. Offer disinfecting wipes for anyone who wants to be extra cautious.
Finally, ask the infected employee to be cleared by a doctor before considering coming back to the office.
Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Office or Facility if Someone is Sick
Now, it’s time to focus on the areas or stations where the infected employee was most active. These spaces should be closed off while professional office disinfection services are called.
Next, increase the airflow throughout the office.
Opening doors and windows will improve the air circulation throughout the building and the compromised areas. Viral particles will be more quickly swept away instead of being left to float in an enclosed space.
With air circulation in place and the potentially infected area quarantined off, your next best move is to simply just wait.
The ability for a virus to survive on surfaces and in the air is often time-limited. Waiting at least 24 hours before entering the zone to disinfect it can create a valuable safety buffer for your team or decontamination crew.
During this window of time, be sure that employees and visitors stay informed. Recommend that anyone who feels unwell or suspects they had close contact with an infected person stay home.
Some employees may have at-risk family members at home and express concern for them. These situations should be handled delicately.
Get a Professional Sanitizing Company on the Scene
As you maintain the situation with your employees, it’s time to call a professional office cleaning and disinfection service.
Companies like ServiceMaster of North Texas are IIRC Certified professionals and can perform full facility cleanings efficiently and thoroughly.
Our office sanitization specialists will be properly equipped to enter infected areas. Disinfection crews at ServiceMaster of North Texas are provided healthcare standard Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including respirator masks, gloves, and suits.
We also use hospital grade disinfectant products — the same used to clean healthcare facilities.
In terms of safety and peace of mind, use a sanitization company to handle these kinds of situations. Taking on a disinfection task yourself is simply not worth the risk if you do not have hospital-grade equipment.
Learn More About Our Office Disinfection Services in Dallas and Garland, TX
ServiceMaster of North Texas was one of the first professional disinfection services to respond to the 2019 and 2020 coronavirus pandemic. In February, we had been called upon to clean and disinfect local schools to ensure children and staff were safe to return.
As more businesses open up and want the best for their employees, residents in Dallas, TX and surrounding areas trust ServiceMaster of North Texas for any office cleaning and disinfection needs.
Call ServiceMaster of North Texas at (972) 840-8888 to learn more about how we can help sanitize and disinfect your office or commercial facility.