COVID-19 Workplace Health & Safety Guide
Why Workplace Health & Safety Matters
Note: As states reopen workplaces and schools during the novel coronavirus pandemic, we know sanitizing and disinfecting are top of mind. There can be a lot of conflicting information out there, so make sure to use reputable sources like the Center for Disease Control and the EPA. Force of Nature is an EPA-registered disinfectant that kills 99.9% of viruses and bacteria and is EPA approved for use against SARS-CoV-2, the cause of COVID-19. And we’re here to help – if you have questions, get in touch or find more information on our Coronavirus Resources Page.
We’ve talked a lot about going back to work and how to disinfect your workplace correctly, but the larger conversation of why health & safety matters at work is an important one. It’s not just about the day-to-day cleaning and stain removal of life, but also about the larger impact that our environment has on our overall health and well-being over time. Here are our top things to consider when thinking about health and safety in your workplace.
5 Tips For Making Health & Safety A Priority In Your Workplace
1. Mental Health Matters, Too.
The coronavirus pandemic is incredibly stressful. Rigorous cleaning, health concerns, social isolation, and increased vigilance around controlling our environments can take a big toll. Recognizing the stress and anxiety of this situation for your employees is critical to not just their physical well-being, but their mental health too. Make sure you share resources with them that can help. And remember that there is no playbook for this pandemic, so adapting to new information as it comes (from sources like the CDC!) will sometimes be the best we can do.
2. Communication Is Key.
Communicating often and requesting (and acting on) feedback from your teams can help you figure out where you can improve the safety of everyone. Make sure you’re sharing updated information from trustworthy sources like the Centers for Disease Control. Take the time to do regular checks with your employees to find out how they are doing and what else your company can do to help support them.
3. Don’t Forget Environmental Health.
Yes: we need to keep our environments clean and disinfected. Also yes: conventional cleaning and disinfecting chemicals can be toxic, hazardous to our health, and cause more harm than good. One major example: 40% of children and 30% of adults suffer from asthma & allergies. For them, exposure to conventional cleaning chemicals can carry profound health risks by triggering allergic reactions and asthma. At Force of Nature, we’re driven to break the paradigm that a product has to contain harmful chemicals in order to be an effective disinfectant. Our EPA registered disinfectant kills 99.9% of viruses and bacteria with zero harmful fumes, residues, allergens or irritants. At the same time, it’s gentle enough to use around children or on high touch surfaces like door handles and light switches without rinsing.
4. Know the Difference: Cleaning and Disinfecting Are Not The Same.
It’s lovely to see a sparkling, clean, and neat workplace – but that doesn’t mean it is disinfected. A disinfectant is a product that is registered with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the product has been tested across a range of microbes to confirm it kills 99.9% of the viruses and bacteria that it says it does. To keep your workplace protected from SARS-CoV-2, first, clean the surface of any visible soil or residue, then use a disinfectant listed on List N, the EPA’s list of products approved for use against the novel coronavirus. Here’s more about Cleaning, Disinfecting & Sanitizing (and when to use which).
5. Every Workplace Is Different.
How you help keep your teams, customers and clients safe is going to depend based on your unique business. Rather than comparing to companies in other industries, or to companies whose size is different than yours, seek out advice from peers in businesses like yours. The ingenuity businesses are showing as they adapt to this new world is pretty incredible, and we’ve seen companies be very willing to help each other out. And when it comes to disinfecting, we’re here to help. Here’s how to use Force of Nature as a disinfectant to fight viruses like SARS-CoV-2 in all kinds of workplaces.
We formulated Force of Nature starting with simple, household ingredients and it’s 100% free of allergens. Force of Nature earns the top skin safety rating from Mayo Clinic’s SkinSAFE allergy rating system. While it’s a powerful, EPA-registered disinfectant that kills 99.9% of viruses, germs, and bacteria, it’s also gentle enough to use around pets, kids, and people with asthma and allergies. Learn more about our revolutionary disinfectant.