Office equipment is one of the most commonly used tools in a bustling office environment. Yet, while most offices have the carpets vacuumed and the toilets scrubbed each day, copiers and printers are usually an afterthought for disinfection. That’s because office equipment typically only gets cleaned when it’s serviced by a technician, or a dust bunny shows up in a paper tray.
Add that to the facts that on average we touch our faces 15.7 times per hour and that the Coronavirus is pretty resilient on hard surfaces (up to nine hours, maybe even days) and you might be thinking that you need to deep clean your office ASAP before anyone returns to your office.
Better to be safe than sorry, copiers, printers, keypads, keyboards and mouses alike (hard surfaces that are frequently touched) should all be disinfected for the best chance at flattening the COVID-19 infection rate curve.
Here’s a quick list of best practices for small business owners looking to sanitize their office equipment to ensure the safety of their employees:
If there is one resounding theme amidst all of this Coronavirus chaos, it is the fact that good old fashioned soap and water are the best defense against any virus. So, once your copier is clean, be sure you and your employees keep up with good hygiene.
Wash your hands thoroughly, with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds, as often as possible throughout the workday. There’s no shame in posting reminders in your restrooms--whatever it takes to keep the well-being of every employee in your organization top of mind.