The pandemic is not over. While it may be ‘business as usual’ for many of us, it’s never been more important to stop the spread. The latest government data shows that the COVID-19 virus has led to more than 700,000 deaths in the United States alone. With that in mind, it is not the time to take our foot off the gas when it comes to precautions.
Chad Price, CEO of MAKO Medical Laboratories, oversees a team of more than 1,000 medical researchers and experts. Since the pandemic started, the leading healthcare brand has more than doubled in size. During this period, Chad Price and his team had to ensure that all of the staff members were protected and safe at all times. Within this article, the entrepreneur shares some of the precautions we should all be taking.
Proper Ventilation is Vital
Now that many workers are returning to site, ensuring that office spaces are ready is essential. One of the things that some employers overlook is proper ventilation. When you have a team of workers in a small space, ventilation can make all the difference. Ensuring that you have the latest system in place could make all the difference. For that reason, it may be worth evaluating your existing ventilation processes and looking to enhance them.
Of course, whenever possible, you should also ask your staff to adhere to social distancing measures. For example, you may move the desks around to allow more space between workstations. Equally, it could be worth ensuring that team members don’t gather closely within the office. You may want to ask that they leave each other room during meetings or when they have lunch. These small and simple measures could be effective.
Make Hand Washing a Priority
Toward the start of the pandemic, there was a huge amount of emphasis on hand washing.
However, as we have all become more accustomed to the ‘new normal’, this important cleanliness habit may have taken a backseat. Reminding your staff to wash their hands on a regular basis is an easy way to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways that you can share this information with your team.
For example, you may find that it’s helpful to put up notices in the staff bathrooms. You may want to use branded stationery to make these unique to your company. While soap and water is the first port of call, there are other options. The Centers for Disease Control and Protection recommends using a hand sanitizer with more than 60% alcohol in it. One precaution you could take is to create sanitizing stations around the office space.
Deep Clean Workstations
While you may already have a cleaner working in your office space, it’s worth taking this one step further. Since COVID-19 spreads quickly through workforces, you need to do whatever you can to lower the risk factor for your employees. One effective approach is to deep clean the workstations on a regular basis. You may choose to hire a team of cleaners to get the job done. Alternatively, if you’re running a small business, you can do it yourself.
Using a strong disinfectant is a good place to start. You may find that it’s helpful to research the most effective products out there. Believe it or not, modern-day clearing products can vary vastly when it comes to strength and the ingredients they use. The more time you spend looking into the available options, the easier it will be to make the right decision for you. Make a habit out of deep cleaning the office space every few days.
Test Staff Members Regularly
Needless to say, one of the most effective ways to stop the spread of COVID-19 is through testing. As an employer or manager, you have a duty to your staff when it comes to testing. Companies with more than 100 employees are legally required to carry out weekly staff testing and mandate vaccinations. Investing in PCR or antibody tests is the way to go.
If you have a batch of them in your office, employees can use them when needed.
At MAKO Medical Laboratories, we offer a workplace testing program that may help make this process easier. Choosing to sign up to the service means that your business can remain OSHA compliant. The service offers results within 48 hours to protect your team. Moreover, you will also get free variant sequencing on all positive COVID-19 tests.
Keeping your staff members safe should be your top priority. While we’ve covered some basic precautions you can take, there’s a whole variety of ways that you can protect your team. Take the time to consider what the best approach is for your business. The tactics you use will depend on the size of your team and the budget you can allocate. However, following the above advice is a smart place to start. Why not get started today and make some positive changes to your workplace?
About MAKO Medical Laboratories
Supported by an expert team of nationally-recognized doctors and PhDs, MAKO Medical Laboratories specializes in methodology development and pathological services. The game-changing testing company and labs prioritize patients by offering transparency.
Started in 2014 by Chad Price, Adam Price, and Josh Arant, it aims to disrupt the sector. Additionally, MAKO Medical offers support to veterans. The company combines a wealth of new technology including robotics, app platforms, and cloud-based tech. In response to the pandemic, the laboratories have adapted their services to offer accurate testing.
Chad Price is the CEO of MAKO Medical Laboratories. He has had a long entrepreneurial career previously co-founding BrideGenie and founding Element Services Group Mechanical LLC. He has played a major role in starting Cary Reconstruction, and is a board member for Trill A.I. Moreover, he currently offers tailored consulting services to companies embarking on new mergers or primed for growth.