As America starts to re-open its physical spaces, facility and maintenance professionals will be faced with new safety and sanitation challenges. There are three key areas that will need extra vigilance and new protocols in order to increase the safety of everyone inside buildings and schools going forward.
1. Cleaning protocols
The CDC is leading the way with providing best practices as it pertains to cleaning and disinfecting buildings. These practices will generally increase the frequency and extensiveness that maintenance staff typically put towards their cleaning protocols. Facility managers need to take this into account when planning and managing their day to day operations. Below are some of the guidelines.
2. Safety protocols
New safety protocols will be required for most buildings as we enter into the re-opening. Safety protocols should follow your state and local guidelines and should be discussed and planned together with all of the key stakeholders in your facility. Some of the additional safety precautions could include the following.
3. HVAC and Air Filtration
Because COVID 19 is an airborne virus, maintaining very high levels of air ventilation and filtration is recommended. Here are a few tips.
This list is a recommended list, but always check with your state and local authorities for specific guidance in your area. If you are still a ways out from re-opening your facility, it’s never too early to start planning new protocols and procedures and anticipating inventories of new or additional disinfecting supplies and PPE. If you do not currently have an efficient way to track, manage, and report on these new protocols, look into work order systems for schools, like ML Work Orders. A work order system is a cost-effective way help you be more prepared and report on your cleaning and sanitation protocols when your building re-opens.