There are many factors to consider before organizations reopen their doors. Many of these considerations are workplace-specific and could be more involved depending on the industry you operate in.
At a minimum consider the following: If facilities have been idle, it would be prudent to inspect the building envelope, building interior, sprinkler system, mechanical systems and to change air filters before employees return. Air flow is an important step in mitigating the transmission of COVID-19 and ventilation systems should be brought up to operating speed well before the normal occupancy times and for a period thereafter. Those systems should not be completely shut off on weekends. Drinking water should also be flushed before use.
Cleaning of the workspace in this unique, active pandemic environment can be challenging. Businesses should regularly sanitize their facility with a focus on cleaning and disinfecting all frequently touched surfaces. Workers should be discouraged from using other workers’ tools, equipment, phones, offices and desks. Install hygiene stations with hand washing soap, sanitizers and paper towels. Add no touch waste receptacles for discarded wipes, gloves, mask, etc. Post CDC hygiene protocols throughout the workspace in highly visible areas. Lastly, determine an appropriate testing protocol. Temperature testing is the most viable testing path currently available for employers to determine if employees or visitors are potentially sick.
For more specific help, OSHA recently released a risk pyramid of classifications and protocols regarding reopening facilities (osha.gov/covid-19).