COVID-19: The Return to Business Checklist

May 1, 2020 5:32:51 PM

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Reopening your business after the pandemic will not be as simple as unlocking the front door and turning on the open sign. There are steps to follow to mitigate risk to employees, the public, and your facility. Adhere to safe protocols to ensure safety and comply with mandated guidelines.

It starts with a risk assessment to identify, evaluate, and control risks.

Risk Assessment

Identify possible hazard areas in your facility and with your staff. This may include, but is not limited to, the following:

Common areas (entry ways, bathrooms, checkout stands)

Commonly touched areas (light switches, on/off buttons, door handles)

All electronic hardware that has been idle, including IT closet/rack room

High risk public-facing positions

Adjust operations to eliminate hazards where possible.

Take Action

Prepare facilities prior to opening with a thorough and complete cleaning according to CDC guidelines. Approved cleaning methods are a process of both cleaning and disinfecting.

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Types of Essential Cleaning

High Touch Surfaces — Wear gloves and use soap and water, followed with a safe disinfecting process. See CDC guidelines here. These include front counters, door handles, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, sinks, etc.

Soft Surfaces — Examples include blinds, drapes, and carpeting; clean with appropriate solutions for the specific product always using the warmest water possible. For a list of more guidelines, look here.

Laundry — Laundry, including uniforms, aprons, and break room towels, should only be handled when wearing gloves prior to laundering and should never be shaken prior to laundering. Areas where aprons, uniforms and and other laundry are held should be both cleaned and disinfected on a regular basis. For more information, look here.

Electronics — Take special care with electronic equipment. You might think first of credit card machines that are touched many times a day but even music players, computers, racks and other equipment should be cleaned at this time and in a regular routine for higher touch areas like on off switches, volume controls, tablets, touch screens, keyboards, remote controls, and ATMs.

Ensure that wiping standards for high touch areas are in place.

Follow manufacturers' instructions for cleaning.

Have computer racks cleaned and maintained by an expert to eliminate down-time

More information on proper maintenance of your rack and AV equipment can be found here.

To schedule an appointment to have your system tuned and prepared for your reopening strategy, click the link below:


Bill Fons

Written by Bill Fons

Bill is the Executive Vice President of PTG. He runs the day to day business and operations of PTG across both Michigan and Texas offices. He believes passionately that "the art of the possible" lies at the core of everything we do, bringing a WOW experience to PTG customers.

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