Weeks into the COVID-19 outbreak, American businesses have established new routines and work habits. Practices vary depending on an organization’s ability to incorporate effective social distancing and the ability to work remotely. Many businesses have reduced their workforces or shuttered altogether depending on the type of business and government orders.
For facilities that remain operational, precaution and careful planning are paramount. Many follow procedures based on guidelines set forth by OSHA and the CDC. OSHA’s guidelines emphasize the use of safety controls and the importance of facility decontamination to help eliminate viral contagion in workplaces. All institutions must continue to follow federal, state, and local mandates for allowable
levels of activity.
How can we conduct “business as usual” during this outbreak?
Businesses and public agencies have largely pivoted to remote work, facing obstacles to productivity while many experience a surge in demand for services and such items as hand sanitizer and personal hygiene products, thus overloading their work capacities. Nonprofits have almost universally shifted focus to sustain themselves and their services due to several factors: typical funding sources are unavailable as fundraising events are canceled; private foundations are shifting funds to COVID-19 relief efforts; and CARES Act funding has become available. Public transportation agencies, amidst plummeting ridership, have reduced operations and introduced controls to protect passengers and vehicle operators.
How and When Will (Partial) Reopening Be Possible?
Governments and industry are carefully beginning to discuss plans for a partial reopening of the economy. There is currently a tug-of-war between politicians who want to open their respective economies swiftly and the science community recommending a gradual easing of restrictions. Most importantly, there is not yet a clear set of data to determine when resuming activities will be advisable. Plans to return to full capacity must be methodical to prevent the reoccurrence of COVID-19 cases.
Safety Plan and Decontamination Procedures by Brinkerhoff Environmental
While following all currently advised safety measures, Brinkerhoff is providing additional services to help businesses, public agencies, educational facilities, non-profits, restaurants, and other institutions to plan for a safe reopening as soon as possible.
These services include:
- Management of Building Disinfection Procedures
- Preparation of OSHA-compliant Health and Safety Plans
- Contractor Oversight of Decontamination Processes
- Follow-up Reports for Property Owners and Occupants
These services complement Brinkerhoff’s traditional Hazardous Material testing and treatment for mold, asbestos, PCB’s, and indoor air quality. We remain committed to providing exceptional work in environmental services and will continue to adapt and serve the needs of our Clients as we work through these current challenges and beyond.
For further details about our Covid-19 Decontamination Services please contact:
Manager Client Services