The Coronavirus disease, also known as COVID-19, has afflicted countries around the world. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak of COVID-19 on March 11, 2020. The declaration served as an indication of its severity and implored countries to take serious countermeasures to protect its people.
It has been almost three months since the onslaught of the Coronavirus and it has brought considerable effects to people, industries, and economies. With the economic implications, it’s not a surprise that many businesses are struggling to stay afloat.
How can your small business survive COVID-19? Here are some ways to help protect your business during this pandemic.
Clean and disinfect facility
Clean and disinfect work areas especially highly touched surfaces such as desks, phones, keyboards, doorknobs, and light switches. It is recommended to clean surfaces using soap and water followed by a disinfectant. Establish a routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces.
Frequent handwashing compliance
One of the low-cost measures that can help prevent the spread of infections in your workplace is by advocating frequent handwashing. Make sure that your facility has accessible sinks for handwashing with clean, running water. Provide soap and means for drying (e.g. hand dryer, paper towels, etc.). Encourage good hygiene protocol by posting signages in strategic places in your facility.
Devise an emergency preparedness plan
In this current situation, it’s vital to create an emergency preparedness plan to safeguard your company and employees. If you already have one, it’s time to review it and make necessary amendments to cater to COVID-19 outbreak readiness and response. Consider revising your existing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) by including safety protocols to minimize the risk of exposure of personnel, partners, and clients. It’s also crucial to indicate an action plan in case an outbreak occurs at your business.
Create alternate work locations contingency plan
During an outbreak emergency, it’s important to formulate a contingency plan for potential alternate work locations. A good example of this is a work from home policy. If you don’t have one yet, now is the best time to create one. Depending on your type of business and industry, a work from home arrangement can allow your employees to work safely in the comfort of their homes. If such an arrangement is applicable to your business, it’s recommended to come up with remote working procedures and guidelines.
Stay updated with the latest news
Stay well informed and up-to-date during the coronavirus health crisis. Check out reliable and credible resources such as WHO and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). You can also get important information and updates from local and international news agencies. Keep the workforce informed by sharing coronavirus-related news and updates with employees. Information dissemination may be done by sending out memos or emails. You can also share information by setting up a meeting. Discuss the recommended precautions that the staff can take to keep them safe.
We, at CaptainPanel, your leading charter software provider, put the health and safety of our employees, customers, and partners first. We are doing our best to continue providing quality service in this current situation. Stay safe everyone!