Even as businesses reopen bravely while the human race is still in an ongoing battle with the coronavirus pandemic, there is still much to worry about. For one, coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infection cases continue to rise in the United States. As of the writing of this article, the USA has over seven million COVID-19 cases, with infections rising daily in 23 states. And the number would continue to rise unless everyone—business owners and employees—will understand the benefits of disinfecting the workplace.
One may doubt the importance of disinfecting the workplace (or even just his own workspace) but sanitation during this pandemic has many advantages.
#1 Lessens the risk of COVID-19 outbreak
The human coronavirus is a type of virus that can thrive on surfaces for a long time until a human being gets in contact with the contaminated surfaces and gets infected. According to a government-funded study, experiments showed that human coronavirus can last for up to three days on surfaces like plastic and stainless steel. They also found out that the virus can survive for 24 hours on cardboard, four hours on copper, and three hours suspended in midair as mist.
Sanitizing air and surfaces in the workplace with EPA-approved like PermaSafe disinfectants can help kill coronavirus before one of the employees or customers catch it by simply touching a contaminated surface or inhaling contaminated air. This lessens the risk of having a COVID-19 outbreak in your business: the lesser prone your employees and customers are to the virus, the lesser chance of an outbreak there’d be.
#2 It offers a return on investment
Another benefit of disinfecting the workplace is the return on investment (ROI) it can provide for the business. This is because, during pandemics like this, COVID-ready places equipped with fever scanners, manned by properly masked employees, and treated with EPA-approved disinfectants are more likely to attract customers than those that are not. The more COVID-ready you are, the safer customers will feel about your shop or service. And the more customers you attract, the better income you’ll earn.
Moreover, certain disinfectants like PermaSafe SHIELD that feature a protective coating on surfaces that can kill microbes is an investment that can benefit a business even after the pandemic dies down. You’ll only have to apply disinfectants like PermaSafe SHIELD once, and they can continue to protect your business for one to three years as long as you don’t scrub or paint over the treated surface.
#3 It might save you from business closure
The benefits of disinfecting the workplace are connected in certain ways. For example, the first benefit of sanitizing (which is lessening the risk of workplace outbreak) and the second benefit (which is the ROI) can largely affect your business as a whole: both benefits can save your business from temporary closure and permanent shutdown.
A simple way to explain how is by citing what happened to two Ford auto plants this year. Both Ford plants encountered a COVID-19 outbreak and were forced to temporarily close and shut their operations down. This created a slight financial crisis for the company and its employees. Without production, the plants cannot generate income and without income, it will be hard to pay employees their salaries and pay for the plants’ upkeep.
The absence of the second benefit could also apply to the situation, as having no return of investment can also cause financial crisis—or worse, bankruptcy.
Disinfecting your place of business, may it be a small office, a store, an auto service center, or a restaurant, can go a long way. It not only helps protect your business from loss of income but it also helps protect your employees and clients from COVID-19. Moreover, the money you’ll spend on sanitizing your air and surface areas if little compare to what you might lose if an outbreak happened in your workplace.